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Excruciating pain after laxative for constipation

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I am constipated and took a laxative (dulcolax) Now I am in so much pain and have been up for over an hour trying to eliminate and nothing is happening. Excrutiating pain. Is this dangerous? What else can I do?

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Hello,

This is not dangerous. However do not over strain. If the pain is persisting even now and /or if there is any of the following symptoms -

1. Vomiting
2. Passing of blood
3. Trouble in passing urine
4. intermittent coliking pain

you should get medical help without delay. If you force or strain yourself for passing stools it might get worse. Make sure you have taken enough water, as Dulcolx need water for its mechanism of action. You can also try a warm sitz bath. Hope this helps
Please feel free to ask follow-up questions.
Thank you


Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy
Category: HIV- AIDS Specialist
Experience: 
MBBS from Sri Ramachandra University in December 2011
M.Med (Family Medicine) - TNMGR University, Chennai
MBA-MPH in Public Health in March 2016, SRM University
Finished AFIH in March 2016, SRM University
MRCP ( UK ), Internal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, June 2016
Fellowship in Diabetology from Martin Luther University in January 2017

Currently Resident Physician, in MD Radiodiagnosis - Kamakshi Memorial Hospital, Chennai
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