Doctor insights on:
Took Laxative Worked
Last night I was constipated, so I took a laxative. It worked, but now I'm constipated again. What should I do?
Good bowel regimen: Long term laxative use is not recommended . The goal is to have consistent bowel movements without having to rely on laxatives . You can begin by taking miralax (polyethylene glycol) twice daily , once you begin having consistent bowel movements you can taper off to once daily or as needed . The goal would be to aim for soft bowel movements that do not require straining ...Read more
I was constipated, so I took a laxative. It worked, but right after I was constipated again. This keeps happening. What should I do?
Constipated?: Colonics & purges are popular but should be avoided & cannot be recommended (see earlier healthtap answers). Use of irritant laxatives are safe for the short-term only. Fiber supplements, stool softeners, & lavage agents like MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) are safe. Rx drugs are available based on work-up of your cause of constipation. However, patients define "constipation" differently than doctors--what tests have U? ...Read more
I'm getting a flex sack procedure done this morning and took a laxative last night but it didn't work. Should I take another one?
Diet & Exercise: You should try eating more foods which are rich in soluble and insoluble fiber such as oats, bran, foods made with whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, drinking more fluids, and getting more exercise. You may also want to try an enema or suppositories. If this persists or you are in pain please get examined at a clinic or office. ...Read more
Depends: Everyone's motility is different. Some may have results within a few minutes and for others, it may take a few hours. ...Read more
In a way: The more you take, the more effect youll get. you may get a "faster" response but it will be a stronger response and probably more than you want. Take the recommended dose and talk to your doctor if it doesnt help. ...Read more
What do you advise if I have constipation-i took two laxatives in the morning, didn't work. Can i take another?
Liquids only: And take a tbspoon of mom and mineral oil every 12 hours. Should clean out in 24-48 hours. If stool in rectum use glycerine suppository or fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) from below. Do not eat solid food untlil you are completely cleaned out and avoid getting to this point in the future by eating and drinking properly. ...Read more
3-6 hours: They work fairly quickly. Be careful.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
It depends on the: laxative I guess, but the answer lies in what you are doing with Azo to start with. Azo should not be taken for more than 2-3 days, as the acute infection improves. If you take Azo for more than that, like any other numbing agents, it does not work quite as well. No numbing or pain countering agents work 100% if you take it longer than you should, even if you still have pain. ...Read more
For constipation: take Senna. Senna is a very safe natural plant product with a wide dosage range. Start by taking 2 tablets at bedtime, if you do not have a comfortable bowel movement (BM) the next day, take 4 tablets the next night. You can continue to increase the dose by 2 tablets every night until it works. It is safe and effective to continue taking the dose that works every night. ...Read more
- Talk to a doctor live online for free
- Avoid dental work during pregnancy
- Loss of work days
- Mother took erythromycin azithromycin or clarithromycin during pregnancy
- Ask a doctor a question free online
- Do humidifiers work?
- Do osteoporosis meds work?
- How do baby monitors work?
- Time return to work cervical laminectomy
- Talk to a gastroenterologist online