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The fastest acting stool softeners or laxatives will be:
1. Bisacodyl 5 mg 2 tablets taken with mag citrate liquid 10 to 20 ml at a time.
2. Miralax powder 2 scoops with 2 bisacodyl tablets.
Severe constipation can be due to the bowel obstruction.
This possibility should be ruled out with a CT scan of the abdomen with contrast.
Besides that, sometimes, intestine may not contract well causing this problem.
Also increased pressure in the anal sphincter can cause constipation.
Linactolide is one such medication which helps with chronic constipation.
YOu should follow a high fiber diet.Foods high in fiber include vegetables,fruits, nuts, legumes (beans, peas and lentils), whole-wheat flour and wheatbran.
Probiotics also help to promote good colonhealth.
Probiotic substitute the bad bacteria in thecolon with friendly bacteria.
Culturelle is a good one available over the counter.
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