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Dr. Tim Conrad
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Stool Softener (Overview)

Stool softeners are medications that relieve constipation due to hard stools.


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What are stool softeners?

What are stool softeners?

Constipation: Stool softeners are drugs used to do exactly what they are called: soften stool so that it's easier to have a bowel movement w/o straining. In theory, they should do nothing to your bowel as opposed to laxatives which can draw water from your bowel to keep stool soft or irritate your bowel to move stool along. While it's ok to take stool softeners regularly, try to avoid chronic stimulant laxative. ...Read more

Dr. Tim Conrad
398 doctors shared insights

Stool Softener (Overview)

Stool softeners are medications that relieve constipation due to hard stools.


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Diagnosing Blood in Stool (Checklist)

Get a heme test of stool
daily
Make dietary changes
3x day
Take a stool softener
3x day
See your doctor
once
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Appendix removed one week ago. I still have no bm. Drinking lots of water, stool softener, and miralax (polyethylene glycol)

Anytime now: Some slow activity- ileus is not uncommon, followed by poor appetite leads to infrequent stool. The worry is obstruction or abscess with persistent ileus but usually with pain, fever, vomiting etc.. See your surgeon. ...Read more

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How long is it safe to use stool softener?

How long is it safe to use stool softener?

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. ...Read more

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I have been constipated on and off for several months now i think it could be IBS because i will have diarrhea gas and bloating as well a few days ago though i became so constipated that it hurts so badly right now I have used stool softeners many times b

I have been constipated on and off for several months now i think it could be IBS because i will have diarrhea gas and bloating as well a few days ago though i became so constipated that it hurts so badly right now I have used stool softeners many times b

Exam by you doc: There are several reasons for constipation. They range from habitual constipation, thyroid disorders, ibs, ibd, partial GI obstruction to many other systemic illnesses. Bloating and diarrhea can be part of the constipation. Given that it has been lasting a few months, it would be imperative that you have checked it out with either your general physician or a gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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How effective are stool softeners?

How effective are stool softeners?

Depends...: Stool softeners come in many forms (fiber, chemical and 'natural'), all trying to increase the water content of your stools, as opposed to laxatives that stimulate the bowels to go by various actions, some of which may be quite uncomfortable. Beware of the so-called 'natural' softeners, unregulated by the dea, many of which contain harmful laxatives that can damage your colon cells, worsening it. ...Read more

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How long will a Dulcolax stool softener work? Gave one to my son at 7pm last night and he is STILL pooping. Do they usually last that long?

How long will a Dulcolax stool softener work? Gave one to my son at 7pm last night and he is STILL pooping. Do they usually last that long?

StartedSomething: The half-life (time it takes for the dose given to decrease by half) for dulcolax is 8 hrs. You gave your son a stimulant laxative to initiate bowel movements after a period of constipation, it stands to reason that they are going to continue to be moving until the lowest effective dose is gone. ...Read more

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How long till stool softener works usually?

How long till stool softener works usually?

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. ...Read more

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What is a safe stool softener to use on a regular basis that works good and fast?

What is a safe stool softener to use on a regular basis that works good and fast?

Try miralax (polyethylene glycol): The truth is that stool softeners work when used here and there. If used regularly, they loose their potency and become ineffective. For regular relief MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) is far superior. It is a white powder mixed in a liquid of choice that can be used regularly, has virtually no taste, and is not habit forming. One caveat-if you have had a change in your bowel habits, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Side effects from stool softener and lactulose?

Better BM's: It would seem you dr is trying to help make your bowel movements less hard.I agree with this approach.Add fiber from foods like whole grain cereals and fruits and veggies. ...Read more

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Can i take a stool softener everyday constipated my whole life, tons of fiber, water, and exercise everyday.

Can i take a stool softener everyday constipated my whole life, tons of fiber, water, and exercise everyday.

You : You can take stool softeners regularly, but be sure to discuss the problem with your doctor. If there is an underlying medical condition causing the constipation, it is important to address it. ...Read more

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What is the best stool softener for hemorrhoids please provide as much info as possible?

Miralax (polyethylene glycol) works well.: The usual dose is 17 grams (about 1 heaping tablespoon) of powder/day (or as directed by physician) in 4 to 8 ounces of water or other beverage. Each bottle has a measuring cap marked to contain 17 grams of the powder when filled to the indicated line. 1-3 days may be required to produce a bowel movement. You are trying for soft but not loose stools with no straining. 2-3 doses/week may be enough. ...Read more

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How many mg of stool softener should you take daily while on pain meds to reduce constipation? I'm post op for hemmoroidectomy.

How many mg of stool softener should you take daily while on pain meds to reduce constipation? I'm post op for hemmoroidectomy.

Stool Softener: With opiate pain medications, a stimulant laxative should be used along with a stool softener. A stool softener alone is not often sufficient with opiate pain medications. I would recommend 200 - 400 mg of a stool softener daily along with a stimulant laxative such as senna. ...Read more

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Can kids take doss stool softener?

Yes, but lower dose: Docusate (doss) is safe for children and it has pediatric dosing tables; do not give a child an adult dose. I would check the medication insert or online at doss's site for this to most accurately dose for pediatrics. Otherwise, it is safe for use in children and I have given my daughter pediatric docusate before. I hope this helps! ...Read more

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What does stool softener actually do?

What does stool softener actually do?

Helps moisten stool: They cause stool to retain more water and thus be softer in consistency. ...Read more

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What is the best stool softener to take?

Docusate: Docusate sodium. However the optimal dose varies from person to person. The over the counter dose is 50 mg and you may need to take it twice a day or maybe 2 tablets twice daily. Psyllium is a natural fiber that come in powder and acts as a softener if you take it with 8 ozs of water everyday. Make sure you take it 2 hours away from your medications. ...Read more

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