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What If Laxative Doesn T Work
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
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?
Yes: I gather you mean flexible sigmoidoscopy. If you afre not cleaned out, let the gastroenterologist know to re-schedule. He will not be able to see anything unless you are cleaned out. ...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 you'll 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 doesn't help. ...Read more
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
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 ›
This is constipation! a hi fiber diet, 20-25 grams of fiber per day, drink 80-`100 ounces of non caffeinated, non alcoholic fluids daily and increase your fluids if you do strenuous work or exercise. Do not use harsh laxatives.
Excess fiber in the face if inadequate fluids will cause bloating and constipation. ...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
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