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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
39 years experience Gastroenterology
12 to 72 hours: Docusate (per pdr) helps moisten & soften hard, dry stools. It is not true laxative, but facilitates natural defecation, usually within 12 to 72 hours ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Goldberg
Specializes in Gastroenterology
Yes: See previous answer regarding softeners like docusate (colace) which are safe to use on a daily basis for hard stools. Don't use daily laxatives thoug ... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Harold Fields
61 years experience Family Medicine
Stool softeners: These will cause you no problem but it would help if you improve your diet by increasing your ruff age intake
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
43 years experience Gastroenterology
Usually within1-3 d: Depends on dose and type; usually works within 1-3 days. Check other factors including diet, activity, other meds, other health issues.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
39 years experience Gastroenterology
Minimize stimulants: Docusate (per pdr) helps moisten & soften hard, dry stools. It is not true laxative, but facilitates natural defecation, usually within 12 to 72 hours ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Claudia Mikail
24 years experience Preventive Medicine
Expiration dates: It is best to honor the expiration dates of medications to ensure safety and efficacy. If you have to use any over the counter medication for more tha ... Read More
A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Drewitz
27 years experience Gastroenterology
No worries...: Floating stools are the result of either increased water or gas (methane) content. There is no pathological significance to having "floaters".
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A member asked:
Dr. Andrew Seibert
35 years experience Gastroenterology
Constipation: Medication-induced constipation can be difficult to deal with. It is unlikely that a stool softener will make you pass a bowel movement. You would be ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
39 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 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
23 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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