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Why are laxatives not working for me? I took two 5mg pills in the past 3.5 hours and absolutely nothing!

Why are laxatives not working for me? I took two 5mg pills in the past 3.5 hours and absolutely nothing!

Patience: May take up to 8 hours. Water helps. And u may want to try glycerine suppository. If u start to develop a lot of pain, belly bloating or if u are not passing gas at all, u should seek medical help very soon. ...Read more

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My kid 14 girl hasn't had a bm 4 7 days and she's vomiting stomach pain gave her laxative not working?

My kid 14 girl hasn't had a bm 4 7 days and she's vomiting stomach pain gave her laxative not working?

Is she constipated?: A teenage girl can tell a parent if she has had a hard time pooping. If yes, then she has been constipated, and does need a "clean out". If she has been pooping soft or loose poops, every 1/2 to 2 days, without problems, then she is unlikely to be holding on to a big amount of poop (meaning little will come out with laxatives). The dr. Can decide if an enema is needed (they are over-the-counter). ...Read more

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Constipation 1 month hurts when I walk heart rate 53 nausea vomiting not feeling good at all laxatives not working

Constipation 1 month hurts when I walk heart rate 53 nausea vomiting not feeling good at all laxatives not working

? impaction?: If you have not had a bowel movement in one month and laxatives have failed, you need to be evaluated immediately at the ER. Long term constipation unresponsive to laxatives, suggests an impaction in the large bowel which can be an emergency with risk of colonic wall rupture or anal fissures. You should have an ER evaluation with imaging of your colon to confirm diagnosis. ...Read more

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Constipated for 4 weeks numerous enemas, 2 bowel preps and laxatives not working nausea vomiting hurts to move doc not doing anything pain is worse

Constipated for 4 weeks numerous enemas, 2 bowel preps and laxatives not working nausea vomiting hurts to move doc not doing anything pain is worse

Diagnosis needed: I would be concerned about a possible incomplete mechanical obstruction in your intestinal tract in view of symptoms of abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting.it may be an irritable bowel syndrome with predominant constipation, however. Nevertheless I recommend a thorough evaluation by a gastroenterologist who will order appropriate tests and, if advisable, refer to an abdominal surgeon for evaluation ...Read more

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I am experiencing constipation, abdominal pain all over nausea vomiting cramping pain haven't had bowel movement in 9 days laxatives not working?

I am experiencing constipation, abdominal pain all over nausea vomiting cramping pain haven't had bowel movement in 9 days laxatives not working?

See a doctor ASAP: The medications you report taking can cause severe constipation. If laxitives and self-care measures aren't working you need to see a doctor to get a safe bowel decompression. Extended constipation can be life threatening. If you can't get in to your regular doctor then consider an urgent care or ER. ...Read more

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I'm extremely constipated laxatives aren't working what can I do?

I'm extremely constipated laxatives aren't working what can I do?

Multiple options: Many treatments for constipation -
glycerin suppository will give acute relief
mineral oil is apowerful yet gentle way to clear up constipation (short term use only)
long term: Increase soluble fiber, at least 2 tablespoons daily
Colace (DSS) capsule twice daily also can help. ...Read more

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What medical issues should I be concerned about if I am having chronic constipation and miralax (polyethylene glycol) and other laxatives are not working?

What medical issues should I be concerned about if I am having chronic constipation and miralax (polyethylene glycol) and other laxatives are not working?

Evaluation needed...: 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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I have been constipated for about a week now and am in a lot of pain and have tried many different laxatives, eating tons of fiber, working out, and e?

I have been constipated for about a week now and am in a lot of pain and have tried many different laxatives, eating tons of fiber, working out, and e?

Constipation: If your have a strong urge to have a bowel movement but can't, insert a rectal dulcolax suppository or a fleets enema. If you have no urge to have a BM and have no abdominal distension or severe cramps, take a laxative by mouth (cascara, fleets phosphosoda, miralax, etc). If no results you may need manual disimpaction by a nurse or physician. It's best to see your physician if you are in distress ...Read more

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When will the laxatives for my colonoscopy preparation start working?

When will the laxatives for my colonoscopy preparation start working?

Depends: On which preparation you were give by your doctor. Some are very fast as in 30-60 minutes, others take longer, check with your doctor who ordered the prep. ...Read more

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I have been constipated for 2 months now. Taken many laxatives that worked at first. Now none are working at all. Had lots of fluids. What can I do?

I have been constipated for 2 months now. Taken many laxatives that worked at first. Now none are working at all. Had lots of fluids. What can I do?

Constipation: Be careful that you do not become dependent on the laxatives. Please see your doc to rule out medical conditions. If none are found, consider seeing a nutritionist. Do you exercise? A Chinese formula called "Cholinex" in English has Rhubarb in it and some folks find that a helpful non-drug approach. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can my bowel stop working after taking laxatives on a regular basis?

Yes: Your bowels can definitely be affected from long term laxative use. I would recommend seeing your doctor or a gastroenterologist for bowel retraining. This can be a difficult process so you will need to stick with it and not continue laxative use. ...Read more

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Is it safe to try a different laxative if milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) isn't working?

Is it safe to try a different laxative if milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) isn't working?

Yes!: The colon needs water & fiber to function normally. If you're not drinking > 64 ounces of fluids/day, or < 50 g of fiber a day, your colon can't work well. Fiber supplements (like benefiber 2 tbsp 1-2x/day) are great! If you have a change in your bowel habits, you need a colonoscopy. If everything looks okay, MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) is one of the best laxatives, 2 tbsp 1-2x/day. But colonoscopy first! ...Read more

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Can using a lot of stimulant laxatives in short time for a short time due to IBS cause permanent motility problems working with my dr.

Not if used: For a short time and very infrequenty! Long term use will lead to much worse constipation. Try eating consistent amounts at consistent times each day and be sure to drink 80-100 ounces of caffeine free/alcohol free fluid daily. Eat a reasonable amount of fiber daily. This will usually resolve all of your "ibs" symptoms. ...Read more

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I'm on laxative multiple x daily due to bowels not working. Today very sick, slight fever, burning in upper abd., very nausea, heartbeat visible in ab?

I'm on laxative multiple x daily due to bowels not working. Today very sick, slight fever, burning in upper abd., very nausea, heartbeat visible in ab?

Really NOT good...: 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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Got constipated for 7 days, tried using laxatives but it just was not working, after having overdosed and only got relieve on day 10? I have seen a physician and think it's a normal bacteria and I should continue using laxatives.

Got constipated for 7 days, tried using laxatives but it just was not working, after having overdosed and only got relieve on day 10? I have seen a physician and think it's a normal bacteria and I should continue using laxatives.

Doctor's advice +: Fiber and water. Please follow your doctor's advice.
In addition to that you may wish to increase your intake of fiber and water. For fiber foods visit this site:
http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/high-fiber-foods/art-20050948
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Haven't had a bowel movement in 9 days. What do I do? Have tried laxatives as well as fiber bars, nothing is working.

Haven't had a bowel movement in 9 days. What do I do? Have tried laxatives as well as fiber bars, nothing is working.

It: It is crucial you seek medical attention. The constipation can be due to a bowel obstruction, which is best described by a small or large blockage in the intestines. Continued obstruction can cause a perforation of the bowels - where the fecal matter punctures the intestines. This can be life threatening. I recommend going to an urgent care or emergency room. If the constipation can not be relieved with enemas or other treatments, further tests, such as abdominal xray or ultrasounds studies will need to be performed. Get help. ...Read more

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36 weeks preg. Struggled whole pregnanvy w constipation. Milk of mag colace (docusate sodium) duralax nothing is working can I take a laxative in pill form? I'm miserabl

36 weeks preg. Struggled whole pregnanvy w constipation. Milk of mag colace (docusate sodium) duralax nothing is working can I take a laxative in pill form? I'm miserabl

Call your OB MD: It is essential that the OB MD who is treating your pregnancy manage your problems without interference from this forum, as he/she knows every aspect of your constipation issues. ...Read more

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What is the best laxative?

What is the best laxative?

There is no "Best": Being "regular" is very important. There is no single solution for everyone. Adequate hydration (plenty of fluids), fiber, and stimulation of the colon will usually solve the problem. Magnesium helps many people. You can't "od" on magnesium, because it will cause diarrhea. Usually, 500-1, 500 mg will get you moving. Some people can handle more. Prunes are also a good stimulant. ...Read more

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Chillies work as laxatives?

Some chillies, maybe: There are a lot of different types of chillies, from quite mild to extremely spicy. There is a wide range of reaction to the chillies. So the only possible answer is maybe. ...Read more

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How dangerous are laxatives?

How dangerous are laxatives?

Not very: They can cause cramping and diarrhea - if so - then stop. ...Read more

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What is the mildest laxative?

Laxative: I would argue that the mildest laxative is either drinking plenty of water or eating plenty of fresh fruits. Daily use of laxatives is not recommended without the oversight of a physician. Fiber supplements and low-dose of MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) powder are two other "mild" alternatives. ...Read more

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How often can I use laxatives?

Not recommended: If you have to use laxatives on a regular basis you should see your doctor for alternative treatments as your colon can become laxative dependant. ...Read more

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Are laxative bad for the body?

Can be: Used occasionally, laxative are not a problem. If you use them regularly, you can damage your colon. ...Read more

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Can I take laxatives at age 16?

I certainly would: Not encourage it if the purpose was desired weight loss. Occasional laxative use for constipation that is not responding to hydration, dietary fiber, exercise and healthy nutrition may be appropriate. ...Read more

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What's the best laxative for men?

What's the best laxative for men?

Various: Otc meds such as MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) is a good laxative which retains fluid within stool. Best to find why constipation occurs, either functional i.E lack of fiber/water in diet or pathological. ...Read more

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Is taking laxatives bad for you?

Laxatives: Laxatives, like all medications are very useful if taken as directed. Laxatives are generally intended for short term use unless you have some chronic GI condition.
It should be noted that it is possible to develop a psychological habituation to laxatives. ...Read more

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Is use of laxative habit-forming?

Yes: It is. In the sense laxatives may reduce the bowel's normal activity. This can result in worsening constipation. ...Read more

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I am afraid to use fleet laxative?

Fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate): If you have a true medical indication to use a fleets enema you can google this and get instructions via UTube. Here are some good instructions: http://virginislandsgi. Com/Forms/Prep_Instr-FleetEnema. Pdf ...Read more

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What brand of laxatives work best?

Healthtap Doctors: Are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines. ...Read more

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Which brand of laxatives work best?

Healthtap doctors: Are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines. ...Read more

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Can an adult use a child's laxative?

Yes: Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is a perfect example. It is often used in chidren and certainly can be used in adults. ...Read more