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Dr. Richard Zimon
58 years experience Internal Medicine
It is usually: suggested that diverticulitis best to a diet which contains significant residue . Since stool "softeners"usually contain artificial "bulk" I would thi ... Read More

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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rafoth
50 years experience Gastroenterology
Helps moisten stool: They cause stool to retain more water and thus be softer in consistency.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martha Hidalgo
30 years experience Internal Medicine
Docusate: Docusate sodium. However the optimal dose varies from person to person. The over the counter dose is 50 mg and you may need to take it twice a day or ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
72 years experience Preventive Medicine
Mineral oil: Over the counter mineral oil is better than stool softener in capsules. About a tablespoon or less at bedtime according to benefit.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arie Pelta
19 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
No: Diarrhea.
A female asked:
Dr. Harold Fields
60 years experience Family Medicine
Stool softener: let's do so if not is only required if you're constipated and has nothing whatsoever to do with your weight
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience Gastroenterology
Change in bowels?: Stool sofeners (colace) moisten & soften hard, dry stools whereas fiber supplements (metamucil) buks stool due to both water-holding & increased bacte ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Seibert
34 years experience Gastroenterology
Docusate calcium: Docusate is an excellent, gentle, easy to use stool softener. If you are trying to avoid sodium, you can take the docusate calcium instead. Be sure to ... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
22 years experience Family Medicine
Long time: Stool softeners can be taken safely for a long period of time, however, this should not lull you to believe that your problem may be a benign one. The ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience Gastroenterology
Sure, but...: Docusate (per pdr) helps moisten & soften hard, dry stools. It is not a true laxative, but facilitates natural defecation, usually within 12 to 72 hou ... Read More

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