I had never taken medicine for constipation ever, but I was in so much pain that I finally decided to try the medicine. It didn't work at all! In fact, I feel worse. What can I do? I can't afford to go to the doctor. Is this an emergency or life threatening? Or will I eventually go? What other steps can I take?
Forget the Milk of Magnesia and get some Peri-Colace (or generic brand). Take the maximum recommended dose. It is a stimulant laxative combined with a stool softener. One you have relief start taking a stool softener everyday until your diet helps you produce softer stools.
The best way to reduce or eliminate constipation is:
- More water
- More fiber (naturally fibrous foods are best)
- More exercises like walking, running or bike riding
But when the medicines don't work, I take a 1 to 2 quart tap water enema.