How to Get Rid of Constipation Fast
Constipation can run the gamut from a mild annoyance to severe pain. Chances are if you’ve waited the better part of a week for a bowel movement, you’re ready for a quick fix. Treatments that give fast relief may come with side-effects like cramping, gas and diarrhea so be sure to try the more natural methods, such as adding fiber, water and diuretics to your diet before trying these remedies.
Part 1Using Natural Methods for Constipation Relief
Squeeze the juice of one lemon into an eight oz. (0.24l) cup of warm water. Drink it immediately after you wake up to encourage a bowel movement.
 If either of these dietary suggestions has you running for the bathroom in general, they are a good place to start each morning. Both can cause gas and cramping, so just be sure to be near a toilet so that you can take advantage of the urge.
(0.47l) of prune juice. The high amount of sorbitol and fiber makes this a go to remedy. The more you ingest, up to 16 oz., the more likely you are to get fast relief.
Just like laxatives, prune juice can cause cramping and diarrhea. You will need to balance that with the need for fast relief. Ensure you are near a bathroom or at home if using this remedy, since the need to go to the bathroom may be painful and immediate.
Dissolve two tbsp. of Epsom salts in 8 oz. (0.24l) of water or juice. Drink the mixture to get the benefits of salt and magnesium that cause softer stools and bowel contractions, respectively.
If you don’t get relief in four hours, repeat with the same mixture Warm water or juice will help the salts to dissolve completely. Make sure the salts are completely dissolved before ingesting.
Part 2Using Laxatives for Constipation Relief
Laxatives can occasionally cause dehydration, so you will need water intake to ensure fast recovery.
 Generally, these gentle laxatives are not known for quick relief; however, they are easier on the system if you’ve already tried other methods.
Stool softeners are another mild method and may be ok to use in combination with natural and more aggressive methods.
They may go by names like Senokot or Correctol. These laxatives will cause cramping, since they stimulate the bowel muscles to contract.
Use stimulant laxatives only if you are in need of fast relief. Don’t use them regularly, since they are known to cause dehydration with repeated use. Don’t rely on this method to keep you regular. You can become reliant on laxatives.
Part 3Using Enemas for Constipation Relief
These pills can be inserted into the rectum in order to stimulate a bowel movement if the need is necessary. Many people find these pills more comfortable than the enema method; however, they may not provide relief as quickly.
 In severe cases, this can be used with milder methods as listed above. Read the directions carefully and make sure you are in a comfortable place within very close proximity to a bathroom.
Ready the enema according to package instructions. Lay on your side or with your buttocks slightly elevated. Insert the tip of the enema into the rectum and squeeze the liquid into the rectum. You do not need to empty the container. Stay in this position for one to five minutes, or until you feel the urge to use the bathroom. Use the bathroom repeatedly as needed. Call your doctor if you’ve used an enema, but haven’t had relief within 30 minutes.