Topic: Suggestions For Constipation-a Reposted Message from This Site.

For constipation:
1.Stool softners
Senna(Senokot) works on colon and can be bought OTC.;they may take up to 6-12 hr to work.Colace,Surfak(Docusate sodium) works on the small and large intestine(colon) and can take up to 24-72hrs to work.

2.Stimulant laxatives
ducolax(Bisacodyl)  5mg tablet , 10mg suppository and Fleet enema  which are a bit stronger than that of the stool softners.(OTC);they work in the colon too.;they may take 15min to an hour to work.;Castor oil works on the small intestine and it may take up to 2-6hr to start working.

3.Saline Laxatives
Magnesium citrate or Milk of magnesium are saline laxatives works on small and large intestine;Sodium phosphates(Fleet Enema) is also a saline laxative but works on colon.(30min to one hour)
Mineral oil works on the colon as lubricant;it may take 6-8hr to work.

5.Misc.laxatives included  glycerin suppository(15-30min-colon),  Lactulose(24-48hr-colon), Lubiprostone(24-48hr-acts on GI epithelium),Miralax(48hr-acts on small and large intestine) and sorbitol70%(24-48hr-acts on colon) and of course the co-lytely 4000ml bottle used  primary for colonoscopy to clean the bowel before the exam.

As you can see ,there are a lot of choices,but I think the best way to handle your mom's problem is to ask a GI physician about which one or two ( or combinations) that can work the best for your mom base on the location of BM problem and duration or action of the laxatives he/she choose.
god bless.

Please know that my personal opinion is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. If  provided, information are for educational purposes.Consult doctor is a MUST for changing of treatment plans.

Re: Suggestions For Constipation-a Reposted Message from This Site.

Thanks for this Percy. My dad started on Movicol but did not have a lot of success with that so moved onto Lactulose. That worked so much better and he used that first thing in the morning and last thing at night. Prunes also helped as well, plus he enjoyed them too!

Best wishes,


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