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Dr. Ajay Acharya
36 years experience in Internal Medicine
Fruits and veges: Fruits vegetables, whole grain, .

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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carla Enriquez
49 years experience in Pediatrics
Fiber: Foodstuff that isn't digested. It remains in the intestines acting osmotically to hold water in the stool. So the stool remains softer and easier to ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Gromisch
37 years experience in Gastroenterology
Dietary fiber: Yes. Fiber is the same in dried or canned prunes. Bon appetit.
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Miller
46 years experience in Family Medicine
No: Chocolate can be constipating. Soft bland or semi solid diet only.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
42 years experience in Gastroenterology
Either: Both work by causing small bowel to secrete fluid into gut. Increased fluid helps to sofeten hard stool; not a stimulant.
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Gross
45 years experience in Nephrology and Dialysis
No: It does not contain these things
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Troy Reyna
43 years experience in Pediatric Surgery
Yes.: Fiber and drinking enough water to allow fiber to work well.
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Pack
Dr. Mark Pack answered
30 years experience in General Surgery
Stool Softener: Benefiber is considered a stool softener.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Not normally: They are full of dietary fiber. Try mustard greens, broccoli, romaine lettuce, cabbage, iceberg lettuce, kalen, collard greens, turnip greens, spinach ... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin answered
29 years experience in Geriatrics
Yes ; no: Yes, fiber is fiber. But no, there's also soluble vs non-soluble fiber. More importantly, try to focus on eating enough of the right foods to get 25-3 ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Imran Saeed
18 years experience in Colon and Rectal Surgery
Daily recommended: Dose is 25-30 gms a day. Besides fiber drink atleast 6-8 glasses of water and take a stool softener twice a day. Stay active and if this all doesnt h ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Harris
32 years experience in Family Medicine
Yes: Prunes are high in fiber. Fiber acts like a sponge in the bowel. If you have diarrhea, it absorbs some of the water. If you have constipation, it at ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Fronzaglia ii, do, ms
20 years experience in Geriatrics
No: Discuss this with your doctor.
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
41 years experience in Colon and Rectal Surgery
Possibly: Any fiber source can help constipation proivided you are drinking adequate fluids with it. If you are lacking in fluids and overdose on fiber it can m ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Evans Prieston
43 years experience in Pharmacology
Psyllium: The psyllium itself, should not aggravate gerd, but sometimes the flavorings that are used in different products are problematic. You're going to hav ... Read More
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
It has lots of fiber: Heavy fiber without adequate hydration can encourage constipation.
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Holly Maes
35 years experience in Pediatrics
Possible: There are certainly some stool softeners that have high levels of certain chemicals that when in your GI tact can certainly cause the symptoms you des ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Su Fairchild
23 years experience in Integrative Medicine
Food sensitivities: Consider food sensitivities. Consider alcat testing and igg and IgA food sensitivity testing.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
26 years experience in Internal Medicine
Duphalac: Or Lactulose is an osmotic laxative used as second line for constipation and also in chronic liver disease.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
28 years experience in Phlebology
No: Although corn syrup is a mild laxative. And sugar free candies contain sugar like alcohols such as manitol , xylitol which are also mild laxatives.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sheila Goodman
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Stool softeners increase the amount of water your bowel puts into your stool to try and keep stools soft. If your bowels are very sensitive or you tak ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Hemming
16 years experience in Gastroenterology
Same : No major difference.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience in Gastroenterology
Kefir is...: ...naturally fermented milk, similar to yogurt, but thinner and richer in good bacteria than most yogurts. Add it to smoothies, use it on your cereal, ... Read More

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