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5.7
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For Constipation "Took ONE due to pregnancy constipation and my god I wish I would've read these reviews beforehand. I am in such pain. Took one at 430 pm and severe cramping and pain by 8 pm. Cold sweats, dizziness, diarrhea and SO MUCH PAIN from the severe cramping."

No thanks (taken for less than 1 month) October 18, 2017

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For Constipation "I took only 1 pill around 3pm due to severe constipation & hard stools caused by pain medications I was on last week. I was fine until around 8pm when I suddenly started having severe stomach cramps. I continued to have these & finally passed some hard stools around 9:30pm, but still am severely bloated with intense stomach pains. It is now nearly 10pm & I am stuck on the toilet with severe stomach pains & hoping to pass more stool as I can see the bloated area moving through my stomach. Do not take this medicine, the pain is not worth it! I am hoping the pains will pass soon, but very scared by other reviews I read of nausea & vomiting."

   
1.0

DO NOT TAKE DULCOLAX September 30, 2017

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For Constipation "I've been on painkillers for a week and a half including codeine and tramadol, so I've been really backed up which led to more pain. I've been suffering with a severe kidney infection and a burst ovarian cyst. I took two tablets at 9pm woke up at 2:30 with cramping quite severe but to be honest nothing worse that the pain I've been in with my problems anyways. Feels great to have a BM yeah it's pure liquid but that's what a laxative does. I would recommend if it's severe constipation you have especially the type codiene gives you!"

   
10

MelissaRoseGreg1 September 26, 2017

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For Constipation "Whomever posted that taking more than one is “overdosing” the package instructions beg to differ. As per the instructions I took two in the morning. I had rhinoplasty surgery 5 days ago. And had normal meals every day since with no BM. I was not heavy with pain meds, but I have heard the anesthesia can block you up. So after trying coffee, and oats. I realized it’s time to take a laxative. I’ve never had a laxative so I didn’t know it would be this way. Just like everyone here I had level 10 pain, sweats, cramping, nearly fainting. I was home alone so it was terrifying and I considered calling 911. Hours went by on the toilet."

Ithoughtiwasdying (taken for less than 1 month) September 25, 2017

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For Constipation "I have regular constipation after gastric bypass surgery. I feel like I need to go but can't. When I use the Dulcolax suppository, within just a minute or two I can go to the bathroom easily. It does burn during and afterward, though, which is why it doesn't get a 10."

Anonymouse2112 September 19, 2017

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For Constipation "I suffer from IBS and haven't gone to the toilet properly in 9 days. I have taken Dulcolax before so I know the pains can be intense but somehow when time passes and you haven't taken them in a while you think I'll give them another go but NEVER again! I took 2 tablets around 6pm. It is now 22.40 and I'm in agony I mean severe stomach cramps and not even any BM what a waste of time and the pain is just so bad! Please be very careful when taking these and would advise if you suffer from severe constipation take a some thing else and drink plenty of water. I can't even go to bed as the pain is too intense. Please avoid!"

   
1.0

Jellybean3107 (taken for less than 1 month) September 17, 2017

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For Constipation "I don't get your comments people. Some of you are taking 2 or 3 pills and complaining your dying, of course you are going to feel double the effect on that dosage. One pill is more than enough. In fact, to me it's a bit to much because it gives me mild stomach cramping so I just take half a pill and I'm good to go. You people can't blame the drug when you are overdosing on it. Now don't get me wrong this is not a mild laxative (unlike what they imply on their ads and I do kind of feel about cheated about that). It's powerful stuff that will make you evacuate explosively (so to speak) but vomiting and feeling like you are dying is not suppose to happen."

Lumus September 17, 2017

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For Constipation "Perfect if you want to experience what feels like LABOUR pains. I was doubled over in agony in a cold sweat, shaking, vomiting, heart palpitations, I was white as a sheet and almost called 999. Pain was unbearable. This drug needs to be banned."

Koggy September 14, 2017

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For Bowel Preparation "I took 2 of these around 9:30 last night. This morning around 5AM I woke up with stomach cramping that put any pain I have felt before to shame. About 4 hours later I started vomiting profusely. Finally after an enema I relieved my bowels. Never again will I put myself through this agony. NO THANK YOU. I will drink some mag citrate next time."

   
4.0

emauldin September 13, 2017

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For Constipation "Hello to anyone who reads this. This pill is terrible and after a myomectomy (surgical removal of fibroids from the uterus) procedure I took due to constipation. All I can say is that I took 3 pills around 2pm. At 4pm I had severe cramping, sweats, dizzy and nausea. I had terrible burning pains that lasted for hours. I eventually went around 6pm but it was only liquid. I also vomited and considered 911. After I almost passed out and vomited, I felt better but it wasn't worth it. The doctor told me to take colace. My stupidity! I'll stick to peppermint tea and probotics, even yogurt rather than to take another laxative. I threw the pills away. It was just horrible, even drinking water made my cramps worse. I'm reading the reviews and everyone's story was similar in symptoms."

Niki757 September 12, 2017

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For Constipation "Hello, Whatever you do, do not take this pill!! I took three because I've been constipated for weeks. After I started cold sweating, throwing up, severe stomach pain and diarrhea for over 5 hours. This is the worst pain I've ever felt. I can't move. I've been in bed all day in so much pain. I felt like calling the ambulance but the feel is just to high to pay right now. I drank a lot of water but I'm still in pain. I tried drinkin water again and it increased my cramps tremendously."

   
1.0

Person 500 September 10, 2017

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For Constipation "Took it for 2 day bowel prep 3 weeks ago and along with everything else I was taking it worked. Initial BM was very difficult and painful. Took 2 pills yesterday at about 2:00 pm for constipation. Woke up at 4:00 am sick and vomited several times with terrible pain. Sweating, shivering and husband found me on the floor of the bathroom at 6:00 am. It took another hour of the worst pain, cramps and vomiting before I finally went. Then the spigots were open and had explosive, painful diarrhea several more times - sometimes vomiting along with it but always the terrible pains. It is now over 24 hours since I took the 2 tabs and still cramping every 1/2 hr w/some liquid diarrhea. Just trying to keep hydrated. Almost thought about going to ER!!!!!"

   
1.0

GrizzlyMama (taken for less than 1 month) September 8, 2017

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For Constipation "For all you "horrible cramps, worst pain ever, bad drug" people. You had a blocked Bowel. The directions warn using it with that, yet the only way I've ever known I had a blocked bowel was when I was writhing in agony. So unless you have your own X-ray at home, I'm not sure how one would know. Anyways, it's not the laxative to blame, it's your condition. Remember why you took it? People always confuse causality. "I took X, then this happened. X is bad and at fault." It's more likely you would have gone through the same experience at a later time, and the laxative just brought it on sooner. I'm pretty sure stimulant laxatives increase the pain and severity of cramps, which is why it's warned for. Yet a blocked bowel is hell. Been there."

   
8.0

Paulito (taken for 5 to 10 years) September 4, 2017

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For Constipation "Took 2 tablets 2.30pm, bowel motion and diarrhea 6 hours later with painful stomach cramps and nausea, continued on and off for a few hours. At 6.30pm the following day still experiencing stomach pains and back pains. Not a gentle drug. Will use herbal next time. Would not give to children."

   
1.0

C.n.Roberts August 27, 2017

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For Constipation "I took 2 yesterday at 11:30pm then 5 minutes later I read the reviews and to my dismay the reviews were terrible and I started to panic and wish I didn't buy it!! So I was up all night thinking I'll have the worst stomach cramps and vomiting. I woke up at 4:00am and went toilet. No cramping. Then at 6:am no cramping but did let everything out!!! I was worried for nothing, but because of the reviews I will be sticking to natural tea."

   
6.0

Maryjaneffs (taken for less than 1 month) August 26, 2017

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For Constipation "I have been dealing with degenerative disc disease (not really a disease) was told after I had to go to the chiropractor since on Wednesday I couldn't hardly walk. Well not being having to have a bm came with that back pain I could only pee nothing else.. well come Friday still in back pain going to the chiropractor he tells to try a laxative (oh I couldn't even feel that's how bad it was) anyways I pick this up with gas x, I take 2 gas x and 2 of these have something to eat even though I wasn't hungry and about an hour I have to go finally and easy! Hours later I have something to eat again and then diarrhea came (after having tums and going "normal" bm) but no cramping or any bad pains! Would definitely take again if it got as bad as it"

   
8.0

Pinky1031 August 26, 2017

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For Constipation "I took 2 dulcolax tablets thinking that just one wouldn't work. 4 hours after I felt instant relief but I had loose bowels for 10 days straight and lost 12 pounds over the course of those days. It did what it said it would do so 10/10 from me"

   
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Karatekickmakemesick August 25, 2017

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For Constipation "Don't take this drug for just constipation. It will cause severe diarrhea and your bottom will be glued to the toilet bowl for a few hours. It IS good to take if you are having a colonoscopy procedure. But if you are looking for relief from constipation do not take this, it is too harsh. "

Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month) August 24, 2017

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For Constipation "I had mild constipation and took 2 Dulcolax pills at about 8 p.m. Normal dose for children and adults is 1-3 tablets. I woke up at 10:30 p.m. with severe burning and cramps in my stomach. I also felt very nauseous. I had to get out of bed and run back and forth to the bathroom for 3 hours with severe abdominal pain and cramping. By 1:30 a.m. I was able to sleep but still uncomfortable. It is about 8:00 a.m. now and I just took immodium to stop the diarrhea. I will never take this drug again and certainly would advise against giving it to small adults or children."

   
2.0

M1chellee August 23, 2017

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For Constipation "I took 4 dulcolax against the package directions which indicate to take only 1. I didn't have cramping or an explosive bm. When I did finally poo about 12 hours after taking the pills, it was slow and required lots of effort and pushing. I didn't get everything out as desired...but I did at least have a bm."

   
4.0

Beej75767 August 20, 2017

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For Constipation "So, I had some health issues lately that had me taking narcotic pain medication for about 2 weeks- one of the side effects of narcotics is constipation- being a nurse I knew I needed a stool softener while on the narcotics so I was taking Colace twice a day. After 4-5 days with no BM I decided to take 2 Dulcolax for some help- NEVER AGAIN!! After about 10 hours I was cramping, sweating, light headed and in so much pain I could hardly walk- yes I was able to have a BM but not before vomiting everywhere.... the side effects of this Medication are not worth the pain! I felt like a knife was turning in my stomach and started on fire..."

   
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Brixoxoswi (taken for less than 1 month) August 14, 2017

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For Constipation "Hello fellow constipated friends! I really don't recommend this seemingly "Gentle" pill. I've always had bowel problems, ( Not IBS ) just not the greatest stomach. I was constipated, due to my period, when I found this in the drug store. It said it was gentle, so I thought I would give it a go. Took one pill around 1:00 am, after getting back from a cook out. Woke up at 5;00 with excruciating cramps, worse than menstrual cramps, that would not go away. Ran to the toilet and had the worse diarrhea of my life. This makes you go, but if you would like to venture to hell and back, be my guest. Never ever using this again."

Chika3535 August 12, 2017

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For Constipation "Let me preface this by saying that I am no stranger to pain and I consider myself to have a high pain tolerance. I have had PCOS and endometriosis since I was 14 and so I am no stranger to cramping. This however was the worst pain I have felt in my life. I was on the floor crying and yelling and considered going to the emergency room several times but I knew there was no way I could drive myself there. When I was finally able to get some relief everything that came out of my body was in liquid form. I have never experienced something like that in my life. The pain was so bad at points that I was dry heaving in the sink and sweating uncontrollably. I have never reviewed a drug before but I feel so strongly against it that it was necessary"

Anonymous2.0 August 11, 2017

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For Constipation "First time user. Bought Dulcolax and then came on to read reviews and was terrified. I was basically unable to sleep because of other user's accounts of stomach pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea and had resigned myself for the worst night of my life. I am happy to say that I had a positive experience with this medicine. Took 2 tablets around 6.45 pm with a 16 oz. bottle of water and drank 2 more 16 oz. bottles subsequently. Around 10pm started to get gurgles in my stomach, but no pain or nausea. Around 3 am I did experience some cramps, but they were manageable and not too intense. Lasted around 15 mins and then I felt the urge to go. Passed stool easily within the next 15 mins."

drtsah (taken for less than 1 month) August 7, 2017

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For Constipation "The first time I used this, it worked perfectly. I was severely constipated and took a few of these (I think maybe 3-4) and had a BM within about 7 hours. Second time I used them, it was horrible. I was not as severely constipated, so I took 2 of these at 8 am. Nothing happened all day. I did have a bit of crampy-colicky pain and nausea though (this should have been a warning to me). I was desperate in the evening (8 pm) so I took 3 more. Within about 30 minutes, I was having extreme crampy-colicky pain and nausea. I then had extreme explosive diarrhea and vomiting the rest of the night and was tied to the toliet. In addition, I got chills and body aches from dehydration. It was horrible. I am never taking this medicine again."

   
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Kate000000 (taken for less than 1 month) August 6, 2017

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