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Dr. Mazen Ghani
23 years experience Radiology
Local: Pharmacy.

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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kent
11 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Yes, but lower dose: Docusate (doss) is safe for children and it has pediatric dosing tables; do not give a child an adult dose. I would check the medication insert or onl ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rafoth
50 years experience Gastroenterology
Helps moisten stool: They cause stool to retain more water and thus be softer in consistency.
A 40-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 37-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 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arie Pelta
19 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
No: Diarrhea.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
42 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 21-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 female asked:
Dr. Harold Fields
60 years experience Family Medicine
Stool softener: let's do so if not is only required if you're constipated and has nothing whatsoever to do with your weight
A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Frederick Shieh
Specializes in Gastroenterology
Yes: There is probably no problem to take a stool softener during a gallbladder attack, but make sure that your doctor knows what is going on.
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