U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
NJ
A female asked:

I am badly constipated. miralax and senna do not help much. can i take bisacodyl and docusate at the same time?

3 doctor answers15 doctors weighed in
Dr. Elden Rand
Cardiology 22 years experience
Yes.: Docusate is a stool softener, bisacodyl is a stimulant laxative, miralax is a polyethylene glycol laxative. Other options would include magnesium citrate which is a liquid bottle sold over the counter, or milk of magnesia. Other consideration would be to work from the other end with an enema like a Fleets enema. Sometimes these can be helpful for severe constipation.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Dr. Erik Borncamp
Wound care 26 years experience
And make sure you have had a colonoscopy to rule of a blockage like a big polyp
May 14, 2017
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
Yes: Yes, you can take both. However if you have the urge to have a bm but can't, work from below with using dulcolax rectal suppository or a fleets enema or even a tap water enema. If you have no urge to move, then try the dulcolax by mouth. If you're experiencing abdominal pain, distension, vomiting get examined by a physician. A rectal exam will reveal whether you need to be manually disimpacted
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 58 years experience
See GI: If this has been a persistent problem , it is best for you to consult a GI doctor to find out why. In the meanwhile, you may try Metamucil instead of Miralex, probiotics, drinking 2-3 cups of coffee, and exercising 30 mins daily to see if these measures help. Yes you can take these two preparations at the same time but you cannot use them safely on a regular basis.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Last updated May 15, 2019

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.