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A 60-year-old male asked:

What is the difference between a stool softener like colace (docusate sodium) and a laxative?

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Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 30 years experience
Softener vs laxative: There are many different ways to deal w/constipation, starting 1st w/fiber, fluids & exercise. Failing that, stool softeners do exactly that - soften stool, typically by increasing water content. Laxatives OTOH irritate bowel into having a bowel movement. Check out http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/constipation/in-depth/laxatives/art-20045906

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A male asked:

When is the best time of day to take a stool softener like Colace (docusate sodium).

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Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 15 years experience
Most commonly: People use it two or three times a day. And really it's about convenience and remember to take it, if necessary. Consider taking it around a regular daily habit you may have. For most that means around a morning or evening routine and others both times.

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