I used to be like you I will just take couple, thats all. And right now I am literally sitting in pain thinking my bowels are going to pop out of my body and running to the toilet every 5-10 minutes. I had taken a total of 60 laxatives throughout the day. It is SO painful and so humiliating. I really dont want to say this for it is embaressing, but I have shit my pants before while laying in bed because I was unable to get up fast enough a few nights ago.
Here are some alternatives:
-hot baths help stimulate the bowels
-icy hot on the abdomen (or any external pain reliever)...idk why but it stimulates the bowels
-and if your going to take a laxative do a more safer one like miralax...never ever screw around with things like ex-lax, dulcolax, or senna products (yes that includes the tea)