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I am badly constipated. Miralax and senna do not help much. Can I take bisacodyl and docusate at the same time?
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. ...Read more
Different: These are different drugs with different mechanism of actions. It is like comparing an apple to an orange. Biscodyl is a stimulant laxative directly working on the smooth muscles of the intestines. Docusate is simply a stool softener working by allowing increased absorption of fat and water. ...Read more
Oh my gosh: Why would you do that? That isn't a good idea. See that you have had all kinds of GI studies - please discuss this with your GI health provider. ...Read more
I have had severe constipation for 2 years with bloating please help I've tried docusate lactulose movicol and bisacodyl still doesn't help.?
I'm 31 weeks pregnant and was told to take colace if needed. Hubby bought dulcolax stool softener (docusate sodium 100mg). Are the two the same?
Stool softeners: Either of the two are fine to take. ...Read more
Taking too often?: Before you contemplate long term laxative dependency, seek medical evaluation--rule out metabolic causes of constipation (e.g. Low thyroid or adrenal conditions), distinguish slow versus normal transit constipation, consider a primary rectal dysfunction that may be treatable with biofeedback, check for structural pathology or extrinsic impingement, or intermittent ileus (e.g. Pseudo-obstruction). ...Read more
Similar effect: Biscodyl is fairly safe chemical available in tablet, suppository & enema form. Acts directly on colonic nerves to stumulate contractions which lead to mechanical expulsion of stool. Also have effect of increasing fluid & sodium secretion in bowel. Sennosides r derived from senna leaves, available in tablet or liquid form, is converted into bowel contraction stimulant form by colonic bacteria. ...Read more
Not Long: It works within few minutes with the stools if it works as it is supposed to. Or it gets pushed out. It does not get absorped or stay in rectum for long ...Read more
MOM or miralax (polyethylene glycol): Milk of magnesia or MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) (glycolax). Puysh the dose until you go. Magnesium citrate and GoLytely work as well. But the bigger question is why are you constipated. If this is new and severe you need to see a physician and may need further testing. ...Read more
Dulcolax: Some of the most common potential side effects with Dulcolax are diarrhea, abdominal cramps/pain, indigestion, ^ gas, weakness, feeling dizzy, ^ thirst and nausea. Dulcolax should not be used frequently/ long term - your body can become used to laxatives with resulting complications. ...Read more
Yes: Would depend on the clinical situation, but would be best to check with your doctor. ...Read more
I took one Dulcolax "gentle", "for women" tab last night at 10:30. When will it be out of my system?
8-16; 40 hours: It should be out of your system in 40 hours, however it is ineffective after 8-16 hours. ...Read more
I have to take dulcolax bi-weekly to get BMs. Am I addicted? What are some things I can do to lose the dulcolax dependency?
I understand your concern about constipation
I admire you for recognizing Dulcolax dependency
Drink water in the morning when you get up, and also during the day time, then walk
Have Diet rich in Fiber, juices and soups, vegetables and fruits
Use Breathing Relaxation, Visual Imagery, Yoga, Meditation, Relaxation Music
Decrease Dulcolax to once a week
See a Physician for diagnosis and treatment ...Read more