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For Constipation "Oh nooo ...just read some of the reviews and after having read what happened to people after I or 2 I'm concerned. I just took 4 as per my gasteoenterologist prescribed them along with drinking 1/2 cup clear fluid every 20 min. I took them an hour ago and have a colonoscopy and endoscopy tomorrow. I also have 2 pouches of pico silax to take in 3 and 6 hours from now (also to clean me out) I'm a little nauseous and have had a partial bm and feel clammy and intestines are noisey. I wasn't constipated though. I hope of isn't as bad as everyone says"

chipsy (taken for less than 1 month) March 23, 2017

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For Constipation "It gives you terrible pains but helps"

   
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Katie s. (taken for less than 1 month) March 22, 2017

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For Constipation "I write this as I'm sitting on the toilet, mustering the strength in between intestinal contractions, wishing that I had never taken 2 pills hours earlier. The amount of pain and sweat that I had woken up to before I had to run to the bathroom was concerning. The first wave of contractions made me believe that I was going to have to go to the ER, convincing myself that I was on an episode of 1,000 ways to die and that I had drank a bottle of Draino. Once the first big move was "done," the intensity of the pain subsided a bit. Maybe I am just getting used to my insides feel like they are being wrung out like a wet towel, who knows. Nausea in high gear. Solids turned to liquid. Still sitting here 40 minutes later. Hoping I can go back to sleep"

   
1.0

Anonymous March 21, 2017

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For Constipation "It says it takes 6-12 hours to kick in but it did not work for me until 17 hours. I huffed and I puffed and I blew that stuff out."

   
6.0

Uzy (taken for less than 1 month) March 18, 2017

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"The amount of pain you experience when taking Dulcolax makes whether or not it works a completely moot point. I took this as directed and was up in the middle of the night writhing in some of the very worst pain I have ever felt. The type of pain where you think to yourself, "I am going to need to go to the hospital". They are small pills, easy to swallow, but don't let the size fool you. Serious waste of money. Because of the pain it caused, after only one dose the remainder of the box went in the bin. If you don't like pain but need to relieve your bowels, I STRONGLY recommend you find a different product."

   
1.0

kpillary March 18, 2017

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For Constipation "My son took Miralax for days with no success. He hates suppositories so I gave him 1 Dulcolax pill around 8pm per directions. I happened to look online and saw all these horrific reviews. I had a massive panic attack realizing what my son may be facing! Seriously, I had to take a xanax thinking about the horrible pain he was about to experience because of me carelessly giving him this medicine. He is only 6 and small for his age and adults suffered incredibly from the same dosage he took. I made plans to be ready to take him to the hospital that night if he woke up in agony! Lo and behold, 1 hour later he had a large BM without incident and slept peacefully all night. Fine the next day. Zero pain/side effects. What a relief for us both..."

   
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MamaCro (taken for less than 1 month) March 18, 2017

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For Constipation "First time I took 2 tablets. Don't take 2 unless you have cleared your schedule. I took them at bed time and woke at 2am with horrible abdominal pains and nausea. Made it to the bathroom but the violence of the diarrhea, along with racing heart and nausea, led me to think I was going to need an ambulance. Overall a terrifying experience, I truly thought I would die on the toilet floor. My bowels have taken five days to return to normal. But it works, proceed with caution. Would be better if I'd read the reviews first and knew what to expect. Nothing gentle happening here."

   
5.0

Backed up (taken for less than 1 month) March 16, 2017

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For Constipation "Do not buy!!! Long story short. Horrible cramps, thought I was dying or felt like I needed to go to the hospital. Horrible nausea. It works, but is sooooo not worth the pain and discomfort."

   
1.0

Bmariebmarie March 16, 2017

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For Constipation "OMG took 2 pills at 6pm woke up at 2:30am and thought I was dying from the cramps. I spent about an hour rocking back and forth on the toilet and nothing happened for about 45 minutes. But the cramping, faint feeling and nausea were so unbearable I was crying for my mom. I have never had cramping so bad... definitely NOT gentle or subtle, it got the job done but I will never take it again."

   
5.0

Amanda123456 (taken for less than 1 month) March 14, 2017

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For Constipation "Started working for me in about 2 hours. I've had 3 explosive pure liquid bms. First one woke me up as I was pooping. Messed my sheets and me up. I haven't had any severe side effects. Slight cramping and nausea. Worth the payoff for me. I was so constipated and impacted. I feel much better."

   
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Scifigal (taken for less than 1 month) March 12, 2017

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For Constipation "This tablet deserves a zero! GENTLE ?! In what world was what I just experienced on the toilet GENTLE?! Cold Sweat, uncontrollable burping, stomach cramps, vomiting and of course the liquid coming out the back of me... FOR AN HOUR! It was truly worse than labor and I wanted to die! Do not buy this! Just don't! WALK AWAY!"

   
1.0

Niki75321 March 11, 2017

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For Constipation "It only took 3 hours to start working. I was suddenly hit with what felt like strong sharp searing gas pains in my upper stomach. So much that I was hunched over and howling. I felt sweaty and nauseated. The pain lasted about 30-45 mins. I did have bowel movements as well. It has now been about five hours later and I am still going to the bathroom. Stomach feels very sore and I feel some what exhausted and just run down. I would not recommend this nor take it again for constipation. I am a normal 32 year old female."

   
4.0

ash21love (taken for less than 1 month) March 10, 2017

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For Bowel Preparation "I had taken the medication at 10 last night about 8 this morning had severe cramps and nausea and sweaty. And again at 10 had a liquid bowel movement and now at 11 sitting on the toilet I wanted something for relief and this isn't a nice relief more like a killer one to say the least. Would I recommend it ummm sure if you like excruciating cramps and constant nausea and very loose stool."

   
3.0

Tutt tutt. (taken for less than 1 month) March 9, 2017

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For Constipation "I agree that for most it works just fine as it does for me. Why else would a doctor recommend this when he doesn't get anything from it financially? Because in almost all cases, it works and his reputation is based on his recommendations."

   
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S_te_v_e March 9, 2017

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For Constipation "I absolutely hate this medication. I had cold sweats, extreme cramping, horrible nausea, vomiting, and nearly blacked out. ALL FROM ONE PILL. I'm a 23 year old woman. An over the counter constipation medication shouldn't do this. I would never recommend this medication to anyone. I honestly don't believe it should be on the market, or at least offered over the counter and readily available to the unsuspecting consumer."

   
1.0

Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month) March 5, 2017

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For Constipation "I was desperate for something quick and regret entirely for not reading the reviews first. I took the 2 pills at 4:30pm. By 9:30pm, I felt like I had a possible BM. Sure enough, a soft stool came with no struggling. 20 min later I felt like I couldn't trust a fart if I wanted to. By this time, it was certainly liquidy compared to the previous. I went to bed an hour later, no harm no foul. By 4:30am, I had nausea, cramping, chills and weakness that felt like a severe case of food poisoning. By 7:30am I finally managed to lay down and pass out again. The nausea and chills lasted most of the day. Yes, the pills worked. But not satisfactorily. For how backed up I was, I expected more BM results - preferably without the awful side affects..."

   
6.0

Saralee2017 March 5, 2017

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For Bowel Preparation "I took one tablet before bed as instructed. I was doing a bowel prep before a specialist ultrasound to assess bowel endometriosis. I woke the next morning feeling fine. Immediately needed the toilet, which was fine. But pretty soon the nausea hit. I ended up going to the toilet at least 5 times that day. The product definitely worked but boy the nausea was no fun - all day, intense waves, and stomach pain also. I would NOT use Dulcolax again"

   
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Lulubee (taken for less than 1 month) March 2, 2017

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For Constipation "Worked great for me, except I pooped myself and had to change my sheets in the middle of the night."

   
9.0

Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month) February 26, 2017

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For Constipation "Took two pills around 11:30pm had cramps and nausea all night. Woke up at 7:30 and decided to try to go to the bathroom. In the 10 steps it took to get to the bathroom I already felt faint, nauseous and had cold sweats. Passed out on the toilet so I crawled back to bed for a few minutes before feeling the worst cramps of my life. Crawled back to bathroom and did produce a bm but while I was washing my hands went completely unconscious, fell and split my chin on my bathtub, not bad enough to get stitches but still. I was so weak I couldn't even type my phone password in to call for help. Finally my roommate found me but come on... this pill should not be on the market. Unbelievable the FDA approves this for otc."

   
1.0

Tashh1994 February 23, 2017

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For Constipation "Lord have mercy I don't wish this feeling on nobody!!!!!! I took two tablets at bedtime around 2:30am woke up to stomach cramps, cold sweat, shaking, nauseated & feeling faint!!! I been on the toilet for a hour rocking back & forward praying. Omg feel like I'm about to die!!!!! I will NEVER in my life take another one anymore. I'm so weak & in pain!! I feel terrible and am thinking about going to the hospital! I got a trashcan in front of me throwing up & using the bathroom. Never again!!!!!!!!!!"

   
1.0

Sade' February 23, 2017

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For Constipation "It gave me excruciating cramps and I thought I was dying. I had to run to the bathroom constantly with explosive, watery stools. It gets the poop out but geez, do you pay for it."

   
3.0

Tiffany7100 February 21, 2017

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For Constipation "It didn't give me a bad experience I took one pill and another in 12 hours. I just wish it was a little stronger I did feel slight nausea but nothing too bad. I still ate on it but did stay home all day because I mean it's a laxative come on"

   
9.0

Anonymous February 20, 2017

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For Constipation "I was really reluctant to take this suppository after reading the reviews. I think it's important to note that I am a healthy 23yr old women. I was on antibiotics and painkillers after getting my wisdom teeth out, which combined with a soft food diet was just a recipe for disaster. The dulcolax worked within twenty minutes. I didn't feel nauseous or dizzy like others reported."

Kels1 February 19, 2017

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For Constipation "Took 2 pills at 2:30am, by 730am I had awoke to the worst cramps of my life. I've suffered from mixed irritable bowel syndrome for virtually my while life, and while I've experienced bad cramps before, this was a whole new level. I thought my wife was going to have to take me to the hospital. My symptoms were cold sweats, uncontrollable shaking, TERRIBLE cramps, nausea, feeling faint.. I just wanted it to stop. They persisted for a good hour, until I was able to get some relief through passing stool. It does work, but for people like myself with IBS it's not worth going through what I experienced for a decent BM. Will not use again."

   
1.0

Guest 1234568910 February 18, 2017

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For Constipation "The worst medicine I've ever taken. I took two pills the first time and woke up to terrible cramps and had a BM not only that morning but every time I went to the bathroom afterward but more like diarrhea with terrible cramps all day. I decided try just one pill a few days later and is having the same side affects . The cramps are soo bad I feel nauseous and nothing is working to stop them"

   
1.0

Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month) February 17, 2017

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