A 35-year-old member asked:
Stool softener= docusate sodium or docusate calcium?
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Gastroenterology 43 years experience
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 31-year-old member asked:
Is docusate sodium or docusate calcium a better stool softener?
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Family Medicine 38 years experience
Depends: Since calcium tends to constipate, i'd tend to side with the sodium version. However, people with hypertension who are limiting their sodium intake should probably choose the calcium version. The docusate is the active component; so either version should work. Adding more fiber & fluids to your diet will help keep you regular, too.
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