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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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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