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Old 08-27-2018, 07:21 AM
 
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When doing the prep for my colonoscopy, yes, it wasn't pleasant, but I loved the feeling of being completely 'empty'.


Lately I have been having pretty constant constipation. The Ducolax that used to be the sure fire fix isn't working the way it used to, and neither is the other laxative I tried. I can't get a doctor's appointment until October, and I REALLY need some relief. I swear if I can just get 'empty' again I'll change my ways - go back on the fiber and eat more fruit and vegetables. I SWEAR.


Anyway, is there an OTC that is more thorough than Ducolax. Something similar to the colonoscopy prep.I don't care if I have to run to the bathroom every 10 minutes. All I need is to GO!
Drink castor oil
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Old 08-27-2018, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Jollyville, TX
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A bottle of that liquid magnesium citrate does the trick as well and it's cheap!
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Old 08-27-2018, 08:00 AM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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When doing the prep for my colonoscopy, yes, it wasn't pleasant, but I loved the feeling of being completely 'empty'.


Lately I have been having pretty constant constipation. The Ducolax that used to be the sure fire fix isn't working the way it used to, and neither is the other laxative I tried. I can't get a doctor's appointment until October, and I REALLY need some relief. I swear if I can just get 'empty' again I'll change my ways - go back on the fiber and eat more fruit and vegetables. I SWEAR.


Anyway, is there an OTC that is more thorough than Ducolax. Something similar to the colonoscopy prep.I don't care if I have to run to the bathroom every 10 minutes. All I need is to GO!
I find that eating a lot of animal fat helps me stay good and regular. Back in the day when I was "trying" to eat a healthy diet with lots and lots of salads and fiber and that stuff my bathroom habits suffered. Once I gave up that nonsense and starting eating a lot of fat I never once had any kind of problem.
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Old 08-27-2018, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Surfside Beach, SC
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A bottle of that liquid magnesium citrate does the trick as well and it's cheap!
I agree. This works extremely well. Often a bit too well - lol. But as others have mentioned, do not do this on a regular (pun intended) basis. You do NOT want to become dependent on laxatives.
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Old 08-27-2018, 09:14 AM
 
Location: In the house we finally own!
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A couple of years ago I got backed up, and couldn't have a bowel movement for one month. It was horrible. I tried everything: laxative, prune juice, enemas and magnesium citrate. Finally, my doctor ordered me a bottle of "go-lightly", which is the nasty stuff you drink before a colonoscopy. There is nothing "lightly" about it, but it finally did the job.

I have to have another colonoscopy in a couple of weeks, and I was told they will be giving me a different medication to clean me out instead of the go-lightly. I hope you are able to remedy your constipation issue before it gets as bad as mine did, because it is very unpleasant to be unable to poo for a month or more.
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Old 08-27-2018, 09:20 AM
 
Location: Wine Country
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I find that eating a lot of animal fat helps me stay good and regular. Back in the day when I was "trying" to eat a healthy diet with lots and lots of salads and fiber and that stuff my bathroom habits suffered. Once I gave up that nonsense and starting eating a lot of fat I never once had any kind of problem.
A healthy diet is high fiber food and it certainly is not nonsense. Eating lots of animal fat is not healthy.

As to the OP if you use laxatives too much you become dependent on them and that is not what you want.

Drink lots of water and eat high fiber foods. Add a magnesium supplement to your diet.
A few things that help me are dried fruits and mineral water.
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Old 08-27-2018, 09:40 AM
 
Location: OHIO
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Take the Ducolax but then drink a thing of magnesium citrate (97 cents at Walmart). It's they prep they had me do for my colonoscopy, actually. I did it a few months ago because my constipation was so bad and was tired of feeling bloated and full of junk.

You'll wanna be at home and close to a bathroom, obviously.
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Old 08-27-2018, 11:21 AM
 
Location: McAllen, TX
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When doing the prep for my colonoscopy, yes, it wasn't pleasant, but I loved the feeling of being completely 'empty'.


Lately I have been having pretty constant constipation. The Ducolax that used to be the sure fire fix isn't working the way it used to, and neither is the other laxative I tried. I can't get a doctor's appointment until October, and I REALLY need some relief. I swear if I can just get 'empty' again I'll change my ways - go back on the fiber and eat more fruit and vegetables. I SWEAR.


Anyway, is there an OTC that is more thorough than Ducolax. Something similar to the colonoscopy prep.I don't care if I have to run to the bathroom every 10 minutes. All I need is to GO!
As has already been mentioned, Magnesium Citrate is very similar to what they use. It should be available at most drug stores.

https://www.walgreens.com/store/c/wa...601649-product

Which brings up the topic of Magnesium. Maybe you should supplement with it on a daily basis. It does help to stay regular.
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Old 08-27-2018, 11:24 AM
 
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As has already been mentioned, Magnesium Citrate is very similar to what they use. It should be available at most drug stores.

https://www.walgreens.com/store/c/wa...601649-product

Which brings up the topic of Magnesium. Maybe you should supplement with it on a daily basis. It does help to stay regular.
One can just take mag citrate capsules as their regular regiment to keep regular.
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Old 08-27-2018, 11:27 AM
 
Location: McAllen, TX
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One can just take mag citrate capsules as their regular regiment to keep regular.
This is true (I edited my post as you chimed in). The liquid is best for a "one time" use and works very well. I purchased pure magnesium citrate powder and make my own drink when I need it. I haven't needed it in a long time. 1tsp in a glass of water is all it takes. It does vary in how long for the BM to happen. This is the powder.

https://www.pipingrock.com/magnesium...RoC7KEQAvD_BwE
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