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is it safe to try a different laxative if milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) isn't working?

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Dr. Crystal Twynham
32 years experience General Surgery
Yes!: The colon needs water & fiber to function normally. If you're not drinking > 64 ounces of fluids/day, or < 50 g of fiber a day, your colon can't work well. Fiber supplements (like benefiber 2 tbsp 1-2x/day) are great! if you have a change in your bowel habits, you need a colonoscopy. If everything looks okay, MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) is one of the best laxatives, 2 tbsp 1-2x/day. But colonoscopy first !
Answered on Jul 28, 2017
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