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Need to know does using Dulcolax frequently cause any side effect?

Need to know does using Dulcolax frequently cause any side effect?

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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 have to take dulcolax bi-weekly to get BMs. Am I addicted? What are some things I can do to lose the dulcolax dependency?

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

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I took 3 dulcolax Tuesday & I went and everything was fine but since then I have not gone to the bathroom again... What's wrong??

I took 3 dulcolax Tuesday & I went and everything was fine but since then I have not gone to the bathroom again... What's wrong??

For what purpose?: If you're looking for powerful laxatives, i assume you feel very constipated or are looking to "cleanse." if the latter, please reconsider. If constipation or stool variability is new or has significantly worsened, or is accompanied by distension, vomiting, fever, pain, or bleeding, then don't self-medicate but get checked. Don't use laxatives for weight loss please. ...Read more

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