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I've been constipated for 3-4l days as a result of hemorrhoids. I took some dulcolax but am still in severe pain with some bleeding.

I've  been constipated for 3-4l days as a result of hemorrhoids. I took some dulcolax but am still in severe pain with some bleeding.

Hydrate: Although you can probably improve bowel function simply by hydration you may want to try another over-the-counter remedy such as miralax (polyethylene glycol) that will draw fluid into the bowel and allow for normal function if somewhat soft or even loose bowels- people undergoing colonoscopy drink a gallon to clear bowels. You can always use an enema with relative safety to provide direct hydration to the lower colon. ...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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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). ...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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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