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A 42-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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A 47-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 45-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 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Knecht
30 years experience Endocrinology
Consider fiber: Hi. Most Americans don't get enough fiber in the diet. Refined flours and processed foods are the culprits. Make sure you only eat whole grains (whole ... Read More
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Dr. Robin Watson
22 years experience General Surgery
Miralax (polyethylene glycol) works well.: The usual dose is 17 grams (about 1 heaping tablespoon) of powder/day (or as directed by physician) in 4 to 8 ounces of water or other beverage. Each ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
14 years experience Internal Medicine
Most commonly: People use it two or three times a day. And really it's about convenience and remember to take it, if necessary. Consider taking it around a regular ... Read More
A 62-year-old male asked:
Dr. Randy Stevens
23 years experience General Surgery
Fiber and soft stool: Your doctor found an anal fissure. He/she wants you to try a stool softener and add fiber tostood diet. Try pericolace. It is both. Fiber helps to ... Read More
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hal Blatman
40 years experience Pain Management
Choices: You have choices, and none are necessarily best for any one person. You might also try OTC supplement called Magnesium Oxide. Take according to the di ... Read More
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A 65-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sutira Scheef
6 years experience Internal Medicine
Different mechanisms: They have different mechanisms of action. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is an osmotic laxative (draws water out). Dulcolax is a stimulating laxative a ... Read More
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A 68-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
48 years experience Addiction Medicine
If occasional: it doesn't matter much what you take, but it sounds like you have a number of GI issues. The best way to treat constipation is to avoid it, but takin ... Read More
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