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where can i buy a stool softener?

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Dr. Mazen Ghani
Radiology 24 years experience
Local: Pharmacy.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

How long is it safe to use stool softener?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Change in bowels?: Stool sofeners (colace) moisten & soften hard, dry stools whereas fiber supplements (metamucil) buks stool due to both water-holding & increased bacterial mass due to fiber digestion. Both products assume normal GI anatomy without inflammation, stenosis, extrinsic or instrinsic obstruction. Change in bowels is a "red flag", like weight loss or blood in stool, that needs evaluation if persistent.
A 46-year-old member asked:

How long till stool softener works usually?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
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 44-year-old member asked:

Are there negative consequences to drinking a glass of stool softener with every meal?

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Dr. Jason Hemming
Gastroenterology 17 years experience
Diarrhea : Diarrhea.
A 30-year-old member asked:

Where can I get a stool softener that works consistently and well?

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Dr. Arie Pelta
Colon and Rectal Surgery 20 years experience
Store: Miralax (polyethylene glycol).
A 40-year-old member asked:

Can stool softener have any bad effects ?

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Dr. Arie Pelta
Colon and Rectal Surgery 20 years experience
No: Diarrhea.

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