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do laxitives make stool loose

A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Miller
46 years experience Family Medicine
NO: Actually BC pills do NOT have a laxative effect unless you are allergic or intolerant to the active ingredients. Call your prescribing physician.

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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Gujer
25 years experience Anesthesiology
Pain or bloating?: If not you can keep doing what your doing for a while but if pain or distention develop see your doctor pronto.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leroy Fleischer
35 years experience Internal Medicine
They don't...: Laxitives don't soften stools, they promote movement of the bowels. If you are having hard stools, you likely need to drink more fluids, eat more fibe ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Good question: A stool softener causes bulk to the stools and pulls liquid from the walls of the colon to aid in making the stools earier to pass. A laxative irrita ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Pack
Dr. Mark Pack answered
30 years experience General Surgery
Stool Softener: Benefiber is considered a stool softener.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
41 years experience Psychiatry
Lactulose: Lactulose is a synthetic sugar laxative used to treat constipation -- also to treat buildup of ammonia in patients with liver failure. They can becom ... Read More
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A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Holly Maes
35 years experience Pediatrics
No laxative: There is a huge difference between laxatives and stool softeners. First, increase the fiber in child's diet and how much water child drinks daily. If ... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tanya Russo
24 years experience Pediatrics
Miralax (polyethylene glycol): Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is an over the counter stool softener which can be mixed with water or juice. Follow the dilution directions on the bot ... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Irving Harper
34 years experience Internal Medicine
Further review: You stated your symptoms have been going on for only three months. Have you changed your diet or eating habits considerably? If not, need to evaluate ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Anal trauma?: If it also hurt, or you were constipated beforehand and the feces was hard, chances are that this is just minor stretch-and-scrape trauma of the anal ... Read More

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