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User Reviews for Dulcolax Laxative

Dulcolax Laxative has an average rating of 4.8 out of 10 from a total of 97 ratings on Drugs.com. 34% of reviewers reported a positive effect, while 49% reported a negative effect.

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Summary of Dulcolax Laxative reviews 4.8 97 reviews

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Reviews for Dulcolax Laxative

BowelsOfHell · Taken for less than 1 month December 28, 2019

For Constipation: “I took the pills at around 2am and I was awoken at around 7.45am with the sound of a demon noises echoing around my bedroom, in fact the noises was my stomach roaring and bubbling like a volcano about to erupt. I had mild cramping and thought I’d better get to the bathroom. Sitting on the toilet, I began to involuntary heave. This went on for around 20 minutes. I clenched my cheeks together and out came a watery splash of sheer stink. I thought to myself “This can’t be it?”...and I was right. I was back and forth to the toilet all morning and my butt felt like a fire breathing dragon. Every time I got back into bed for a rest, I lay in wait for lucifer himself to take over my sphincter. I lay in bed just reevaluating my life. I had visions of the emergency services coming to my rescue as I lay in a pile of my own excrement begging the lord for mercy. Only take these if you fancy a trip to hell and back.”

9 / 10
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Cat July 19, 2021

For Constipation: “I took these pills at 9 am and by 1 pm I was overcome with intense stomach cramps, shaking, sweating, and diarrhea. Since 1 pm I’ve had multiple bouts of diarrhea & I’m extremely nauseous. It’s now 6:30 pm and I’m literally afraid to leave my bedroom for fear I may not make it to the bathroom. Constipation is better than this. I will be throwing this product in the trash & advise others not to use it.”

1 / 10
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ChristyK79 · Taken for less than 1 month June 16, 2021

For Constipation: “WOULD NOT RECOMMEND. I took 3 like the box said (10pm) I took it because I haven't been able to potty for a week. Around 2am I woke to my stomach cramping sooo bad, I get up and go to the bathroom and nothing happened.. 30 mins later I feel even worse so I go back to the bathroom, at this point I'm nauseated and very light headed and once I get to my destination sweat is literally pouring off me like I've been digging holes in the desert with a temp of 115 outside. With all of this going on I went into an anxiety attack which now it's hard to breath.. Thankfully it FINALLY released itself. Next morning I felt like I've been ran over by an 18 wheeler and exhausted beyond belief and shaky.. Definitely not ever takin this again..”

1 / 10
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A · Taken for less than 1 month March 19, 2021

For Constipation: “DO NOT TAKE THIS.....I had been constipated for a week and needed something to help with that. I took Ducalex at 9:30 it woke me up in pain at 3:30. It felt like period cramps at first and I tried to sleep it off but it finally was so unbearable I went to the bathroom and couldn’t go for 2 hours. I was in so much pain that I was sweating and threw up. This is not ideal for just needing a little laxative. I truly do NOT recommend and I will never be taking it again.”

1 / 10
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Sur · Taken for less than 1 month July 13, 2021

For Constipation: “I took 2 tabs yesterday at noon and I will never do that again. I had such sharp pain, nausea, dizziness, vomiting and it went on all day. DO NOT use this product! The box claims it's gentle...far from it. I have suffered through painful situations but this was one of the most horrific. I will write a letter to the company.”

1 / 10
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Mae · Taken for less than 1 month January 28, 2021

For Constipation: “OMG I took two, thinking oh I will be able to get my bowels to start working. Boy I wasn’t expecting the horrible stomach cramps, nausea, bloating (to the point I feel I am a few months pregnant), and I am having a hard time just getting water down. I have put a heating pad on my stomach in hopes this will help alleviate my stomach cramps and the bloating. I will NEVER ever take this AGAIN!! I would rather do an enema than take it!!”

1 / 10
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J February 15, 2021

For Constipation: “Took a few of these before bed (8pm) woke up at 3:45 am in extreme pain! Cramping, nausea, severe gas pains etc; I do not recommend this- constipation is more tolerable than this! I feel so, so very bad right now!!!”

1 / 10
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Lena · Taken for 2 to 5 years September 16, 2020

For Constipation: “Omg the stories of the others that experienced this dreadful laxative are hilarious but at the same time I feel their pain. They changed something with the Dulcolax pink. It never used to cause the nausea and stomach pains that it does now. I have to look into a new laxative as I can’t deal with this when I have to take it often due to constipation. I wish they hadn’t changed the make up of this because it never use to cause the pain and nausea dry heaving like it does now. Seriously I wish someone at Dulcolax would read these reviews.”

5 / 10
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Shelty · Taken for less than 1 month January 27, 2020

For Constipation: “Took 2 Dulcolax Pink at 10:30 pm due to not having a bowel movement for 3 days. I have IBS and constipation can be sickening. Woke at 5:30 am with severe stomach cramps and feeling nauseous. Went to the restroom but no bowel movement. Finally able to go back to sleep and woke at 8:00 and started having loose bowel movements then it changed to completely water. Have had an entire day of diarrhea and sick stomach. This medicine is horrendous!!! Read the reviews before taking! Will not use again!”

1 / 10
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Britt · Taken for less than 1 month October 13, 2019

For Constipation: “Ok so I have a funny story about this, I was constipated for like 2 weeks, and so I got this medication dulcolax and I took one in the morning and one in the day. Nothing happened for awhile. So then my boyfriend and I went to a party at the lake. (I know I was an idiot) any way I started to get cramps, unfortunately there are no bathrooms anywhere around there. So I told my BF to take me home but while driving I couldn't keep it in it started seeping out haha so I told him to pull over. Then I got out and pulled my pants down and just let this waterfall of poop pour out my butt. Haha my man just covered his face in disgust but I couldn't care!!! Oh and no toilet paper so I had to use old paper food bags that were in the car. We had to pull over 3 times so I could poop. Finally we get home I shower and go one more time. The experience sucked but after wards I felt so light and free. I felt amazing haha any ways hah thats my story”

3 / 10
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Anonymous September 23, 2020

For Constipation: “NEVER TAKE THIS. I took it around 5 pm am woke up around 1 am from SEVERE PAIN in my stomach. It’s been hurting for should 2 hours now... I’ve never experienced this amount of pain from taking laxatives”

1 / 10
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Bingles · Taken for less than 1 month August 1, 2019

For Constipation: “Popped 4 of those suckers as instructed by my Gastro in prep for my colonoscopy tomorrow.. After reading these comments, I'm pretty sure I'm gonna die. Been sitting on the toilet now for over an hour trying to squirt ANYTHING outta my butt, however it seems these cramps are going to keep building up until I finally explode in the bowl. My stomach is freaking massive right now from the bloating and I honestly regret not bringing my pillow in here because it seems I'll be here for a while. Occasional poops trickling out. This is torture. Only a few more hours until I begin chugging the Miralax/Gatorade concoction. Colonoscopers, you are not alone. You will get through this. Bring a pillow to the bathroom and be sure your dogs have been fed. You will not be leaving. 5/10 because at least I'm off work for 2 days.”

5 / 10
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J · Taken for less than 1 month July 2, 2021

For Constipation: “I used this after an appendectomy to counter the constipation from that and pain meds. Took two and had no adverse reactions, and a good BM 12 hours later. Things were still not quite back to normal, so took 2 more after a couple of days. Within 2 hours or less was overcome with intense stomach cramps. Another BM at that point, but no relief from the cramps. Started to feel sweaty and pale and it hurt so bad I was afraid it was an adverse effect from the appendectomy, so called 911. Normal vitals, so was advised that laxatives can have this extreme effect. Constipation is way better than this.”

4 / 10
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OAKIE · Taken for less than 1 month November 22, 2020

For Constipation: “Took two dulcolax before bed, because I had been constipated for a few days. All good until about 7am the next morning when, I woke up with the WORST pain, I have ever had. I would like to mention I berthed two babies over 9lbs :) this pain was way worse. I throw up, had sweat pouring off my body in agony. End result, it finally worked, but was not worth the severe stomach cramps. I truly thought I was going to pass out or die. Don't take it- save yourself :)”

1 / 10
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Arturo · Taken for less than 1 month December 7, 2020

For Constipation: “Took dulcolax Thursday night for constipation. Woke up with the worst stomach pain I have ever experienced. Vomiting began the next morning and has continued off and on for four days now. The stomach pain is slightly dulled with a heating pad. Cannot eat anything without my stomach hurting or nauseous feeling. I do not recommend this product to anyone.”

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Regretting All My Life Choices October 4, 2018

For Constipation: “I get backed up so I tried these at 2am with the intent to be cleared out by the next day. After 30mins in I was slightly dizzy/nauseous. At 8am I thought I was giving birth from my naval. I got up & AS SOON as I was upright my gut seized the wrath of satan. I’ve not had worse stomach pain ever & I once ate 3 McChickens in a row. I sat on the toilet for 20 mins expecting chaos & nada. After another painful 10 mins, I passed LIQUID. It was the temp of the sun. 3 mins like someone turned on the faucet in my bowels. It seemed to help momentarily. As a testament to how momentary that relief was, I’m writing this review from the toilet. I'm thinking I may succumb to the worst case of dysentery known to man. Now to cancel my dinner plans so I can begin writing my last will and testament. TLDR: For gods sake, avoid this like your life depends on it. Because you’ll be making deals with the devil to get off the pot. Trust me. This is sound advice. Do. Not. Do. It.”

1 / 10
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RelievedTake1atAtime February 1, 2019

For Constipation: “Take ONE at a time! It works EXTREMELY well that way...for me.. I have HORRIBLE constipation...can’t go for weeks...when I first tried this med, I was ready to get things going...I took three...I’m someone with high pain tolerance, and I will NEVER take 3 at a time again...WOW...Major discomfort! One a day for 3 days produced the largest bowel movement I’ve had in a year! Good stuff! ONE AT A TIME!!!”

8 / 10
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Rome · Taken for less than 1 month June 22, 2019

For Constipation: “I am still recovering from the worst evening and night of my life. I took 3 Dulcolax pills yesterday afternoon. I had some results by evening but the cramping got worse and worse. They would come in waves and increase in intensity like a contraction. I began to throw up and that continued, as did the excruciating pain all night. Between 4 and 6 a.m. I had diarrhea and enough relief that I could sleep for a couple of hours. Today I still have some diarrhea, bad headache ,as I try to rehydrate. I was drenched in sweat during the night and thought I might die. This is not gentle. There should be warnings on the box. Never again!!”

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Victoriak9 September 23, 2017

For Constipation: “Literally as I type, I feel like I'm dying. Long story short, yesterday I was pretty constipated and in pain because I couldn't seem to have a BM. If I did, it was your typical push and drop a pebble and that's it. So it's 11am, I take 2 dulcolax and go to work. I left at 3:30pm because I knew I'd be in the bathroom a lot. 5:30pm rolls around and I am hit with a violent, and I mean VIOLENT BM. I could have swore I pooped out a boulder. It's now 11:47pm and I'm STILL having BMs, along with nausea (I can barely get water down without wanting to vomit), EXTREME stomach pain, cramps I can feel ALL OVER my abdomen, dizziness and I'm very weak and shaky. I've had to talk myself out of the ER all night, but at this point I'm ready to seriously cry.”

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kennedy · Taken for less than 1 month July 12, 2019

For Constipation: “Dear God this stuff worked like magic, BUT IN THE MOST TERRIBLE WAY. My body feels like it’s trying to evacuate itself with fluids coming out of both ends. Toe curling pain- I kid u not! I’m usually one who can take pain and bite my tongue but this was a whole other level. I literally groaned from the pain and had squeeze my legs with utter terror. There is nothing left inside of me.”

3 / 10
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Bae June 10, 2019

For Constipation: “I am 24 years old & a stage 4 cancer survivor & this medicine was hands down one of my top 5 most painful moments I have EVER experienced. I was constipated due to pain medication. The instructions on the box said to take 1-3 so I took 3 not knowing what I had just got myself into. Also, on the box it said 6-12 hours before you feel symptoms, but also said could work in as quick as 30mins. I was just desperate for the constipation tightness to go away (not knowing in a few hours I'd be on the verge of death) After about 2 hours I woke up out of a dead sleep to the MOST painful tightness in my abdomen & nausea that was worse than my chemo/radiation treatments. I spent the next 6 hours or more on the toilet with the most vile mess coming out of BOTH ends. Since then I have taken other medications that work with my body safely. I refuse to ever feel that sick & that much pain voluntarily EVER again.”

1 / 10
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Lilly · Taken for less than 1 month October 19, 2019

For Constipation: “I took one dulcolax pill to relieve constipation and me-oh-my! The cramps were awful, dizziness, weakness and a headache. It did relieve my constipation but I will never ever take this again I rather drink prune juice ”

8 / 10
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River · Taken for less than 1 month November 29, 2019

For Constipation: “I took two 5mg and then read the reviews. Was so stressed by the negative reviews but I drank as much water as humanly possible. The pills caused bearable cramping and only had mild nausea the first time I went to the toilet. The poop was medium soft then a waterfall but when you're constipated you kind of want that stuff put anyway so that part didn’t bother me too much. Overall it took about 10 hours to kick in, I've been to the toilet 3 times once every two hours after the first time so only use this medicine when you have no where else to go and no other duties. I'm sure there’s a more high quality way to manage constipation but this works and its not the best but in NO ways is it worse than constipation. Its not perfect but definitely not the worst thing ever.”

7 / 10
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Eilene D. August 18, 2010

For Constipation: “Last night before I went to bed I was feeling very constipated. I took 2 Dulcolax laxative tablets and went to bed. Today I am at work and I took my lunch break at noon. I started feeling like I had to lets say "go". I went in the bathroom and was in there for almost a half an hour,and lets just say I was sitting down that entire time. I now feel 100% better and I would recommend this product to anyone who is suffering from constipation.”

10 / 10
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ow · Taken for 1 to 2 years October 26, 2019

For Constipation: “I've got gastroparesis like symptoms, basically I'm always constipated. however, I'd prefer my current condition of a distended stomach for weeks rather than the agonising 24-48 hours this hellish medication provides. I took 1/2 a tablet (where the dosage is 1-3) and 6 hours later cramps, then an hour after that I'm vomiting, passing out and awakening with a killer headache and the most pathetic result. 10 hours after if you're lucky you might pass something resembling stool but good god i wouldn't recommend it. The nausea isn't worth it, you'll be seeing spots for days and the cramps are absolutely ridiculous. I am yet to find a laxative that doesn't make me throw up but this is by far the worst. The bad news is that I got a pack of 100.”

2 / 10
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