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Good morning....i am taking an iron supplement. i take fiber supplements too and recently my stools are very hard and i am straining when i have a bowel movement. is it ok to use a stool softener daily to help with this? i have increased my water intak

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Doctors can check: Each person with constipation needs to be sure there is no other disease causing it. If constipation is just due to slow movement of the food and poop through the gut, then the things to try are vegetables, water, fiber with water, prune juice, prunes, polyethylene glycol, Senokot or other senna, milk of magnesia, other laxatives... A doctor can evaluate to check for anything serious.

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