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A 21-year-old female asked:

Is it okay if i take a stool softener every day for about 2 weeks? i have a hemorrhoid and i'm trying to heal it & going for a checkup then

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Andrew Seibert
Gastroenterology 37 years experience
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, however. You should be fine for the planned two weeks. In the long run, a diet high in fiber, with an increase in fluid intake also, should be helpful. Good luck.
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Dr. Manjeet Singh
Cardiac Electrophysiology 12 years experience
Stool softener: Yes, it should be fine until you see a specialist for your condition. You may also eat a high fiber diet, drink more fluids, eat more fruits and vegetables to help with your symptoms as well.
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Last updated Feb 7, 2019

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