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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.

Dr. Michael Finkelstein
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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.

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Is it ok to take dulcolax everyday?

Is it ok to take dulcolax everyday?

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).

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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).

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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

I have been taking dulcolax everyday 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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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