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Dr. Michael Finkelstein
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What are side effects of Dulcolax?

What are side effects of Dulcolax?

Few: All in all, a fairly safe drug. Since it is a stimulant laxative, some common side effects include: abdominal cramping, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of dulcolax?

What are the side effects of dulcolax?

Cramps, pain, and...: Can cause cramps, pain, nausea, vomiting, loose stool, diarrhea, dehydration, fluid and electrolyte imbalance-like any other stimulant laxative (even the"natural" ones like senna, aloe vera, buckthorn, or cascara. ...Read more

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Does old Dulcolax have any side effects?

Does old Dulcolax have any side effects?

Same as new: It's a stimulant laxative; will cause cramps, bowel movement, maybe diarrhea. Can lead to dehydration, fluid imbalance if overdone. Chances are old Dulcolax will still retain pharmacologic activity, i.e. It'll still work. No additional toxicity if it is old. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is Dulcolax laxative safe to use?

Dulcolax: Though in general, dulcolax is safe to use as directed, no medication should be taken without first consulting with your doctor. Only after a thorough history, including your present issue, and a physical exam, can a proper conversation about a medication be had. ...Read more

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If I take some dulcolax laxative and diet as well am I doing anything to my body or am I ok.?

If I take some dulcolax laxative and diet as well am I doing anything to my body or am I ok.?

Diet: Laxatives should not be used to lose weight. They can negatively impact on electrolytes and abuse can be negatively impacting on gastrointestinal health. Diets should be sensible along with a good exercise regimen ...Read more

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Is it common to have food cravings or be hungry in general when using a laxative (Dulcolax)?

Is it common to have food cravings or be hungry in general when using a laxative (Dulcolax)?

Hunger: ^'ed appetite/ food craving is not listed as a side effect on Drugs. Com. Use of this type of laxative could lead to' nausea, cramps, griping, and/or faintness' as well as 'Diarrhea, GI irritation, and fluid and electrolyte depletion' ...Read more

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What is a safe oral laxative (in tablet form) for use during pregnancy? Is Dulcolax ok?

Several options: Dulcolax is safe but not particularly effective. I recommend MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) or the generic equivalent. That seems to work better. Fiber supplements like citrucel are also ok. ...Read more

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Deep pain when hungry, started after I got a fever and after had taken two tablets of Dulcolax or laxative?

Deep pain when hungry, started after I got a fever and after had taken two tablets of Dulcolax or laxative?

DIVERTICULITIS?: Is ur 74, this may b a DX 2 have looked into. I would not take any more dulco. Or lax. I would get in 2 b cn buy ur pcp. Fever can b a sign of a pocket being infected, best 2 get eval now. If it is diver tic it can rupture and b an emergrncy, & if surgery is needed a colostomy would b needed along with a colon sesection. Ostomy closed after healed. Have surg electively and no ostomy. ...Read more

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Took Dulcolax.8hrs later had the cramps & passed bm. But got extremely nauseous- 5min later vomited. Is itFrom the laxative? Still nauseous 2hrs later

Possibly: Dulcolax, by mouth, is a potent laxative and may have precipitated the nausea along with the abdominal cramping and bowel movements. I would be more concerned if you have associated vomiting or abdominal pain and tenderness. Ginger or flat ginger ale helps relieve nausea. See your physician if nausea persists. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I can relieve stomach pain from laxative (dulcolax)?

Can you tell me how I can relieve stomach pain from laxative (dulcolax)?

Ginger: Ginger can reduce upset stomach. You can drink slightly flattened ginger ale or nibble on crystallized ginger. Or pour boiling water over freshly sliced organic ginger & steep x 5 min in a covered pot. Sip. ...Read more

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My period is this time very late (5 days). I took last month very often "dulcolax laxative tablets". Does Dulcolax cause my late period?

Laxative isn't the: Reason. Reasons for missed/late periods: low body weight, obesity, marked weight ^ or v, over-exercise, endurance athletics, breast-feeding, ^ stress, illness, eating disorders (bulimia or anorexia), anovulatory cycle (no egg released), travel, hormone irregularities, drug use, meds (i.e., birth control) or medical problems (i.e. PCOS). #1 reason is pregnancy. ...Read more

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Does taking stimulant laxatives (like dulcolax pills) when not needed cause less calorie absorption from what you eat since it passes thru faster?

Does taking stimulant laxatives (like dulcolax pills) when not needed cause less calorie absorption from what you eat since it passes thru faster?

OMG!: I'm sorry, but you're mistaken/misguided. If you're often using stimulant laxatives, I assume you feel very constipated, are attempting weight loss, or are looking to "cleanse." Please reconsider & check out numerous healthtap answers that point to problems with colon cleansers & irritant laxatives, particularly when used casually & frequently. Save your health, and stop please! ...Read more

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I took one Dulcolax laxative & a few Dulcolax stool softeners. I had normal BM few hours after. Can Dulcolax cause painful cramping? Very strong

I took one Dulcolax laxative & a few Dulcolax stool softeners. I had normal BM few hours after. Can Dulcolax cause painful cramping? Very strong

Probably, since...: Dulcolax (bisacodyl) is a stimulant laxative that works by increasing movement of intestines, helping stool to come out, assuming normal GI anatomy without inflammation, stenosis, extrinsic or instrinsic obstruction. Cramping would be a common side effect, but if persistent please seek evaluation. ...Read more

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The last two days I have been popping water. A few days before that, I was constapated. Iv been taking Dulcolax laxative tablets for women and miralax (polyethylene glycol)?

The last two days I have been popping water. A few days before that, I was constapated. Iv been taking Dulcolax laxative tablets for women and miralax (polyethylene glycol)?

Miralax (polyethylene glycol): Miralax (polyethylene glycol) and Dulcolax can definitely get things moving again. If you were constipated and now you're having very watery stools, it time to stop the MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) and dulcolax. You probably have medication induced cause of diarrhea. ...Read more

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Can I take valium, synthroid, (thyroxine) and percocet with Dulcolax sensitive stomache for women for constipation? I am afraid to mix and I only this laxative available and I have not defecated pain medication.

Can I take valium, synthroid, (thyroxine) and percocet with Dulcolax sensitive stomache for women for constipation? I am afraid to mix and I only this laxative available and I have not defecated pain medication.

Yes: However, am concerned about combination of valium and percocet. Both are sedating and can mix in a deadly cocktail. Very worrisome.
Percocet is the cause of constipation--any way to cut back or talk to doctor about alternative pain control measures? Increase fluids, fiber, consider MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) which is gentle and effective too. Dulcolax tends to cause cramping; less so with miralax (polyethylene glycol). ...Read more

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Are there side effects of laxative abuse?

SideEffects of abuse: "irritant" purgatives cause: melanosis coli (reversible pigmenting of colon lining), cathartic colon ("floppy" colon with limited muscle tone), & soap or chemical colitis (acute inflammation within hours of "cleansing" enema). Abusers get chronic diarrhea, crampy abdominal pain, edema, nausea/vomiting, muscle weakness, bone pain, lassitude, kidney stones, skin changes, kidney disease, dehydration. ...Read more

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What is the side effects on senna laxative?

Senna laxative: Is FDA nonprescription. Most common side effects are stomach discomfort, cramps, and diarrhea. ...Read more

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How dangerous is laxative abuse? How fast does one see negative side effects?

How dangerous is laxative abuse? How fast does one see negative side effects?

Very: Dangerous. It can throw off your entire body chemistry. It can damage the lining of your colon. It can be linked to a deeper psychological problem that needs serious helpto overcome if being abused to lose or maintain weight. ...Read more

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Are there side effects of daily laxative use?

Habituation: Daily use of laxitives may cause your bowel to become "lazy" and not do what it supposed to do. Please try and not use these drugs too often. ...Read more

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Which is the best laxative without side effects?

Which is the best laxative without side effects?

What's your concern?: Are you seeking a short term fix for constipation, or a product that can be taken safely for a long time period (; for what indication)? What side effects concern you (there is no laxative that is without some)? What is the underlying cause of your bowel problem--i recommend that be addressed first (before you resort to self medication) so the correct approach or treatment can be started. ...Read more

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What are the long term side effects of movicol laxative? Regards

Possible GI problems: Possible effects include a wide range of GI issues as well as vertigo and other distress. Seek medical attention early to select alternative laxatives. ...Read more

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What are some side-effects of extended use of laxatives such as ex-lax?

What are some side-effects of extended use of laxatives such as ex-lax?

Dependence: Depends on the amount. Small amounts may just lead to dependence, but prolonged and excessive use can cause change in bowel bacteria leading to other infections, electrolyte disturbances which can lead to fatigue, cardiac irregularity and possible death. ...Read more

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Is there a laxative that can be taken all the time without the bad side effects and risk of dependency?

Find the problem...: I would definitely recommend to find out why do you need to take a laxative on a daily basis. If you are constipated and persist with symptoms you should see a gastroenterologist for more evaluation. Using laxatives for any other reason on a daily basis is not advised. If you want to stay regular a high fiber diet with fruits and veggies along with plenty of water should help. ...Read more

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What side effects could I get from stool softener and laxative addiction?

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Laxative abuse: Some are electrolyte imbalances, with effects on brain, heart, kidneys and other vital organs. ...Read more

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Does MiraLax (polyethylene glycol) count as a laxative? If someone took MiraLax (polyethylene glycol) everyday, what would the side effects be? Could this cause permanent damage?

Does MiraLax (polyethylene glycol) count as a laxative? If someone took MiraLax (polyethylene glycol) everyday, what would the side effects be? Could this cause permanent damage?

What's the concern?: Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is a generally safe, non-systemic lavage agent, intended to assist with laxation. Your voiced concern makes me question: for what symptoms has it been prescribed to you, what is the intended dose & duration of use, what have you tried before, what tests have been run prior to starting the product, what other symptoms do you have (weight loss, bleeding, pain), what's the underlying disease? ...Read more

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How long can you take bisacodyl (laxative)?

How long can you take bisacodyl (laxative)?

Depends: Can be used on a regular basis if under the direction of a physician. Check with your physician for the management of your constipation. ...Read more

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What should someone do after having cramps due the bisacodyl (laxative)?

What should someone do after having cramps due the bisacodyl (laxative)?

Stop: The laxatives cause the intestinal tract to move your stools and you may be experiencing spasms. Allow time for the meds to wear off. If the pain gets worse you should have it evaluated. ...Read more

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