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What to do when laxatives don't work?

What to do when laxatives don'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

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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

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Chillies work as laxatives?

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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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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How well does epson salts work as a laxative?

Laxatives: Epsom salts are an "old school" laxative. It works well but it can cause a lot of cramping and discomfort. ...Read more

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Do laxatives not work as well as before if used too often?

Do laxatives not work as well as before if used too often?

Yes: Chronic laxative use may result in diminished colon transit. This is important to review with your doctor. ...Read more

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Help please? How long does it take powder laxatives to work?

Roughly 24: Hours. These are used in the maintenance treatment of constipation. They will be less effective at standard doses for a stool impaction. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how long it should take for laxatives to work?

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

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Is it true that the more laxatives you take, the faster they work?

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

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What to do if enemas and laxatives don't work for me?

What to do if enemas and laxatives don't work for me?

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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So the laxative won't counter react with the Azo pill and not make it not work right?

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

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What do you advise if I have constipation-i took two laxatives in the morning, didn't work. Can I take another?

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

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About how long does it take for sorbitol to work as a laxative?

Depends upon the dos: The timing is very much dose driven. A small amount of sorbitol may have no effect, while a larger dose may have a laxative effect within an hour or two. ...Read more

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Chronic constipation laxatives don't work what else can I use?

Chronic constipation laxatives don't work what else can I use?

OK: 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

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I've been entirely emptied out in order for the colonoscopy to work. So how will he see my colon if I can't even be emptied out by the colonoscopy laxative?

You may need more: You may need more laxatives to liquify your stool. If you don't have bowel movements with the laxative, it is unlikely your gastroenterologist will be able to do a good exam ...Read more

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Is coloxyl with senna a laxative, can this work?

Is coloxyl with senna a laxative, can this work?

Yes and Yes.: COLOXYL with senna contains SENNA which can help to stimulate bowels and DOCUSATE SODIUM which softens stool. This can be used in treatment of constipation. ...Read more

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Can you suggest some good laxatives or constipation remedies that work well and quick?

Can you suggest some good laxatives or constipation remedies that work well and quick?

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