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I've been suffering from hard stools everytime I go to the bathroom, and recently I started taking Dulcolax Pink but is not working. What can I do?

I've been suffering from hard stools everytime I go to the bathroom, and recently I started taking Dulcolax Pink but is not working. What can I do?

Try: Increasing your carbohydrates, drinking more fluids, eating more fruits and vegetables along with the stool softener. If still having issues a check up by your doctor would be indicated. ...Read more

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How often can I take dulcolax?

How often can I take dulcolax?

Once per day: Taking more than one per day could lead to relying on the medication for normal bowel movements. ...Read more

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How often can you take dulcolax?

How often can you take dulcolax?

Manufacturer: States Dulcolax can be taken "Occasionally" as needed for constipation. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take dulcolax every day?

Is it ok to take dulcolax every day?

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

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How many Dulcolax can I take in a day?

How many Dulcolax can I take in a day?

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

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How long does it take Dulcolax to work?

How long does it take Dulcolax to work?

Ducolax -depends on: Product. Dulcolax Laxative Suppositories can reportedly lead to bowel movement as quickly as 15 minutes. Dulcolax Laxative Tablets usually work overnight (6 to 12 hours). ...Read more

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Took 3 Dulcolax but nothing happened? What do I do?

Took 3 Dulcolax but nothing happened? What do I do?

Hydrate, hydrate: Stay well hydrated (at least 8 – 8 ounces glasses of water per day). Try to get in 5 servings of vegetables and 4 servings of fruit per day – get that fiber in. Stay physically active if possible. There are a number of over the counter laxatives that can be taken orally to help pass retained fecal matter. See your medical provider if unable to pass stool after these options have been tried. ...Read more

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I took 3 Dulcolax but nothing happened. Alternatives?

I took 3 Dulcolax but nothing happened. Alternatives?

Constipation: Stay well hydrated (at least 8 – 8 ounces glasses of water per day). Try to get in 5 servings of vegetables and 4 servings of fruit per day – get that fiber in. Stay physically active if possible. There are a number of over the counter laxatives that can be taken orally to help pass retained fecal matter. See your medical provider if unable to pass stool after these options have been tried. ...Read more

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Help! I've eaten half a Dulcolax tablet! What can happen?

Help! I've eaten half a Dulcolax tablet! What can happen?

Agree w Dr. Singer: It may not have any impact or it may cause you to move your bowels or to have loose stools. ...Read more

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Is it bad if I'm taking Dulcolax almost every single day?

Is it bad if I'm taking Dulcolax almost every single day?

Once per day: Taking more than one per day could lead to relying on the medication for normal bowel movements. I would make sure you have routine follow-up with your doctor. ...Read more

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Hi, is it ok if I will take Dulcolax once a week or every sunday?

Hi, is it ok if I will take Dulcolax once a week or every sunday?

Not harmful but why?: Why would you take Dulcolax once a week and why on sunday? Dulcolax is a stimulant laxative which should only be used for significant constipation, when other means (hydration, fiber, stool softeners) haven't worked. Overuse (much more frequently than once a week) can be dangerous. Are you taking more than 1 tablet? ...Read more

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I have been taking dulcolax every day for about a year. Is that dangerous?

I have been taking dulcolax every day for about a year. Is that dangerous?

No : It does cause a lazy colon. Like colon becomes dependent on stimulant laxative to work. Recommend video consult for treatment options to get off dulcolax ...Read more

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How often can you safely use Dulcolax? Is once or twice weekly too frequent?

How often can you safely use Dulcolax? Is once or twice weekly too frequent?

Not a problem.: A twice weekly Dulcolax should cause you no difficulty. It is however important to remember that constipation is defined as hard painful bowel movements. It is an urban myth that we need to have a bowel movement. Every day. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take 5 Dulcolax tablets, 2-1 tablet every couple of hours per day?

Is it ok to take 5 Dulcolax tablets, 2-1 tablet every couple of hours per day?

Um, way noooo.: It's a bowel stimulant. You don't want your gut to spasm. Will be painful. If you are that constipated, attack it from a different angle: Aggressive hydration 64oz or 1.9L water per 24 hours, fiber (with water or can be constipating) fruits, veggies, lentils, whole grains, low fat yogurt with live active cultures. If trying to flush everything out (like for weight loss) same goes. Plus enemas. ...Read more

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For what length of time do the effects of Dulcolax last before they start to wear off?

For what length of time do the effects of Dulcolax last before they start to wear off?

Roughly 16-18hrs: The half-life of dulcolax is about 8 hours, hence one can surmise that the effects will be lasting roughly a day. ...Read more

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I took Dulcolax for 9 days because I didn't know it said to not take it for more than a week. Might something bad happen?

I took Dulcolax for 9 days because I didn't know it said to not take it for more than a week. Might something bad happen?

Probably ok: It likely is ok, however prolonged useage of any stimulant laxative is ill-advised. Switching to a different medication such as MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) for constipation would be a safer alternative. Better yet, try a natural method such as prunes or apricots. ...Read more

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I go to the toilet once a month and when I do go it's only pebbles. I use Dulcolax and they help sometimes. What is wrong?

I go to the toilet once a month and when I do go it's only pebbles. I use Dulcolax and they help sometimes. What is wrong?

Gastroneurologist: If you truly are only passing stools less than once a month, you need to be evaluated by a gastroenterologist. Even without this problem, you should have a colonoscopy since you are above age 50, but you may need other tests in addition. You can eat more fiber in the meantime. This is important. Do not delay seeking a gastroenterology appointment. Good luck. ...Read more

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Iv been taking 2-4 Dulcolax tablets daily for the past 2 months but I stopped 3 days ago, could my health be at risk now or am i going to be fine?

Iv been taking 2-4 Dulcolax tablets daily for the past 2 months but I stopped 3 days ago, could my health be at risk now or am i going to be fine?

Docusate: You are very young to be taking stool softeners! :)
It is ok to stop taking dulcolax after such a long period and you should be fine. Taking stool softeners in the short terms can cause electrolyte imbalances and is not a recommended way to lose weight. ...Read more

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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" one's 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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Taking overdose Dulcolax can cause sudden death?

Taking overdose Dulcolax can cause sudden death?

No: Dulcolax is generally safe even in fairly high doses, although it can cause diarrhea and electrolyte disturbances from that. I suppose if the diarrhea wasn't treated severe enough electrolyte imbalances could occur to cause a heart arrhythmia, but that's a stretch. ...Read more

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How long do the effects of Dulcolax 10mg suppository last?

How long do the effects of Dulcolax 10mg suppository last?

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

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Dulcolax suppository doesn't work, is there anything better?

Dulcolax suppository doesn't work, is there anything better?

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

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