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How after taking a laxative does things get moving?

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how long after taking a laxative does things get moving?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 2 years ago.
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This depends on which laxative you took.
Usually it should work within 24 hours.
Stronger laxative like Bisacodyl or Mag citrate may work within hours.
Also Fleet's enema may be better for faster action.
Miralax is another good laxative but may take more than a day to act on.
if symptoms are worse, then bowel obstruction should be ruled out.
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