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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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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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What can cause chronic constipation a whole year after gallbladder removal? I have tried miralax (polyethylene glycol) and other laxatives, nothing is working

What can cause chronic constipation a whole year after gallbladder removal? I have tried miralax (polyethylene glycol) and other laxatives, nothing is working

Chronic contipation: is probably not related to gallbladder surgery. You need to see a doctor to make sure nothing else is going on. ...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 ?

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