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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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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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Extreme pain after bisacodyl suppositories, what can cause this?

Extreme pain after bisacodyl suppositories, what can cause this?

Worth an exam: If you are constipated, I would increase water, fiber, fruits, and vegetables in diet. But I am sure you knew that. What you also knew is that it is safer for you to be examined. Don't put it off please. ...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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I started Atkins and now I'm constipated I go a little bit but not enough I took dulcolax two days and it didn't work Is there something wrong worried?

I started Atkins and now I'm constipated I go a little bit but not enough I took dulcolax two days and it didn't work Is there something wrong worried?

NOTHING: Is WRONG Atkins can be deficient in "BULK" that is the "left over" forming the "bulk" of the stool allowing normal bowel movements. Suggestion obtain an "artificial bulk (eg METAMUCIL) and drink LOTS OF FLUIDS!
Hope this is helpful!
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Took dulcolax at 8 pm last night hoping it would work overnight. Have an event today so took Imodium (loperamide) ad at 5 am (9 hrs later). Is this safe?

Took dulcolax at 8 pm last night hoping it would work overnight. Have an event today so took Imodium (loperamide) ad at 5 am (9 hrs later). Is this safe?

Stool: My concern here is why take a strong laxative at night, then a anti-motility the next morning. This a setup for chronic issues. If it is a chronic problem, see your primary care doctor for assistance. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of Dulcolax addiction? I'm taking since 2 years. Even if I take 20, it doesn't work. Please help?

How can I get rid of Dulcolax addiction? I'm taking since 2 years. Even if I take 20, it doesn't work. Please help?

Dulcolax addiction: This is a serious problem for you. I would start by having a confidential talk with your doctor for advice. Also check the internet for groups of people with similar addiction. Are you bulemic? ...Read more

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Been constipated for 2 or 3 days. I took a Dulcolax this morning & it didn't work. So I took 2 teaspoons of benefiber and still no change. What to do?

Been constipated for 2 or 3 days. I took a Dulcolax this morning & it didn't work. So I took 2 teaspoons of benefiber and still no change. What to do?

Go on liquids: Diet only and eliminate caffeine and alcohol both of which contribute to constipation. Take some milk of magnesia 1-2 tbsp every 12 hours until cleaned out. If it feels like you have tool in the rectum, use either a glycerine suppository or fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate). But you need to be thoroughly cleaned out in order to consider a colonoscopy, so do the above first and maintain a high fiber diet and drink 80oz/ ...Read more

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Took Dulcolax around 1am it is now 10am it usually works within minutes but nothing happened no bm should I go to the ER or wait feel bloated n gassy?

Took Dulcolax around 1am it is now 10am it usually works within minutes but nothing happened no bm should I go to the ER or wait feel bloated n gassy?

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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Constipated for 3 days. Tried 3 dulcolax today. Tried 15 ml castor oil today. Didn't work. In pain. Please help.

You should try: Over the counter sorbitol or polyethylene glycol (PEG) - these are commonly used to cleanse the colon in preparation for the colonoscopy. They work well without many side effects. Also rectal stimulation and/or suppositories such as Glycerin also helps a lot. ...Read more

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I recently developed an anal fissure during childbirth. I just started the topical ointment and bought miralax but got told dulcolax would work better?

I recently developed an anal fissure during childbirth. I just started the topical ointment and bought miralax but got told dulcolax would work better?

You decide: Your effort will be to keep your stools soft enough to pass without reopening the fissure. The ointment may help with localized pain. I like the Miralax because it is more reliable as a stool wetting agent at keeping them soft. You can use it daily for weeks/months as needed once you figure out how much you need & how often to take it.Dulcolax can help you go but I find it less consumer friendly. ...Read more

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Suffering from severe constipation, natural ways to try to poop didn't work. Took 2 dulcolax last night (first time ever) & now in excruciating pain?!?

Suffering from severe constipation, natural ways to try to poop didn't work. Took 2 dulcolax last night (first time ever) & now in excruciating pain?!?

Don't know: You don't report if you now have pooped. If you have, you may need to consult your primary care provider. If you have not pooped, try a Fleet enemy to clean out your lower GI track. ...Read more

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How long will a Dulcolax stool softener work? Gave one to my son at 7pm last night and he is STILL pooping. Do they usually last that long?

How long will a Dulcolax stool softener work? Gave one to my son at 7pm last night and he is STILL pooping. Do they usually last that long?

StartedSomething: The half-life (time it takes for the dose given to decrease by half) for dulcolax is 8 hrs. You gave your son a stimulant laxative to initiate bowel movements after a period of constipation, it stands to reason that they are going to continue to be moving until the lowest effective dose is gone. ...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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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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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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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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