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is it safe to take a stool softener every day

A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Bergum
19 years experience Family Medicine
Constipation: Stool softeners every day is not a problem. A better treatment would be drinking more water and eating fruits and vegetables. Beware of bananas--they ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
26 years experience Internal Medicine
Back up plan: Would keep the stool softener as a back up plan. Good hydration, a diet with lots of fruits and vegetables and physical exercise are usually enough to ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Seibert
34 years experience Gastroenterology
No: it is not a good idea to use them in the long run. In the short-term, for a few weeks or less, if necessary, they should be tolerated very well. Good ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Seibert
34 years experience Gastroenterology
Should be okay.: when used for short periods of time, stool softeners should cause no problems. I would try to get off of them as soon as your problem is under control ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Seibert
34 years experience Gastroenterology
Laxatives: using a laxative no more than once a month will usually not be harmful. However, one should only do this if it is truly necessary. Laxatives should on ... Read More
A 65-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Finkelstein
36 years experience Internal Medicine
Follow directions: 1 capfull per day is the dose
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeff Livingston
21 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Stool softeners are often used to help with pregnancy induced constipation
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mohammed Shafi
35 years experience Gastroenterology
Yes: But if you need laxative for more than 2 weeks please consult your M.D.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. George T Tsai
26 years experience General Surgery
Yes but: Quite a few over the counter (otc) preps contain both elements. As with most otc medications, temporary use to relieve symptoms are usually fine. Ha ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Laxative Abuse: Nope. Absolutely not. This addiction is a common problem. The obsession is nearly debilitating in this addiction and one must get some control and he ... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Clarence Grim
56 years experience Endocrinology
Adderall stool softe: Should be OK but check with your Dr.
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Krishna Kumar
54 years experience Psychiatry
Fiber in Diet: Fiber makes us feel full, it provides bulk aiding elimination, and it helps lower blood Cholesterol. Let Wise Woman within you Reflect: Need to take F ... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Not if you: are planning this long-term.
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A 35-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 49-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 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Anna Lerner Angeles
22 years experience Internal Medicine
Constipation: Long term laxatives are not great for the bowels. If possible add magnesium 250mg once per day to your routine and that may help increase absorption i ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gloria Shenkir
17 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes, some of them.: Constipation is common in pregnancy; prenatal multivitamins contain iron which can constipate, Progesterone relaxes the digestive tract, and as you ge ... Read More
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A 40-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
A 70-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
40 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Constipation: Constipation becomes more of an issue as we grow older. If a high fiber diet, plenty of water and avoidance of too much dairy( they harder the stool) ... Read More
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A 89-year-old female asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience Pediatrics
Night: Night time if you normally go to the washroom in the morning, or first thing in the morning if you go to the washroom in the evening.
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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 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Kline
Specializes in Colon and Rectal Surgery
Yes: Colace (docusate sodium) is a softener and usually does not stimulate the GI tract. Enemas work by causing rectal distension which causes the rectum t ... Read More
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