A 21-year-old male asked:
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i took a stool softener (max 3 pills/24 hours) and waited 12 hours, can i take a laxative (1-2 pills)? the stool softener didn't relieve constipation.

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Dr. David Lipkin
52 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes: Constipation can be caused by not eating enough fiber or drinking enough liquids. Other reasons include side effects of medication, hypothyroidism, irritable bowl disease and pregnancy. For advice on treating constipation see http://bit.ly/1uzOegm
Answered on Jan 8, 2016
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