Posted 19 June 2012 - 09:07 AM
Oceannir,Sorry that things have deteriorated enough for you to consider stimulants, but that is where many of us end up. From personal experience, I can tell you that stimulant laxatives are the only thing standing between me and removal of my colon. I am not sure what kind may be available in Australia, but here in the U.S., there are many brands. However, they all tend to contain either senna (e.g., Ex Lax) or bisacodyl (e.g., Dulcolax). I have been taking them off an on (mostly on) since I was in my teens. I am pushing 40 now. The bisacodyl based ones work better for me than the senna based ones. They have a stronger, more predictable action, and do not seem to cause as much cramping. I do not think I have done any serious damage to my body, but who knows. I do not use them every day. I take them every 3 to 5 days - when the backup gets really uncomfortable. I have not noticed any diminishing results, but that is probably because I have never taken them every day. When I was a teenager, I used two Dulcolax tablets. Now it takes 3 to get a decent and timely result, but I am a lot heavier than I was when I was 16. Take them at bedtime with lots of water. They should work the next morning if the dose is adequate. If you are using the 5 mg bisacodyl tablets, start with one and see what happens. You can adjust the dose upward if needed. The idea is to have it thoroughly empty your colon the next morning within a an hour or two of waking up. If that isn't happening, you might need to up the dose. Don't take them every day if you can avoid it. Also, a word to the wise. The effects can sneak up on you. Once the urge hits, it is pretty intense. You need to be close to a bathroom. I always stay home the morning after I take them. Hope this has helped.