How do you fix a bowel obstruction at home?
How can you care for yourself at home?
- Follow your doctor’s instructions. These may include eating a liquid diet to avoid complete blockage.
- Take your medicines exactly as prescribed.
- Put a heating pad set on low on your belly to relieve mild cramps and pain.
Is it bad to take stool softener everyday?
Stool softeners you can buy over-the-counter are effective for most people. While they are only intended for short-term relief of constipation, using a daily stool softener long-term probably is not harmful.
What is the difference between a laxative and a stool softener?
A laxative is a substance that you use to help you have a bowel movement. A stool softener is a type of laxative, called an emollient laxative.
When should you take a stool softener?
Stool softeners come as a capsule, tablet, liquid, and syrup to take by mouth. A stool softener usually is taken at bedtime. Follow the directions on the package or your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take stool softeners exactly as directed.
What happens if you take too much stool softener?
Taking a stool softener for an extended period of time can lead to an electrolyte imbalance. Electrolytes include sodium, magnesium, potassium, calcium, and chloride. They help regulate certain functions in your body. An imbalance of electrolytes can lead to weakness, confusion, seizures, and irregular heart rhythms.
What do you do when a laxative doesn’t work?
If laxatives don’t work, ask for help. “You should see your doctor and discuss it if you are constantly needing to take laxatives,” Dr. Wolf says. “People shouldn’t have to take laxatives every day.”
What are the side effects of stool softeners?
Stomach pain, diarrhea, or cramping may occur. Irritated throat (with liquid or syrup forms) may also occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
How long does Dulcolax stool softener take to work?
Waiting for your next bowel movement? Try Dulcolax® Stool Softener – it’s a stimulant free laxative that softens dry, hard stool, so your next bowel movement can happen sooner (within 12- 72 hours).
When should I take Dulcolax stool softener?
Take this medication by mouth, usually at bedtime with a full glass (8 ounces or 240 milliliters) of water or juice, or as directed by your doctor. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy. Decrease your dose or stop taking this medication if you develop diarrhea.