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Are Stool Softeners Laxatives
Constipation: Pure fruit juices especially prunes, pears, peaches, etc are good stool softeners. Foods rich in fiber include whole grain cereals with added bran, fruits eaten with their skin, vegetables like cooked beans, lentil, etc. And tree nuts. Increased water intake will fulfill the purpose. ...Read more
I haven't had a full bm in over a week. I tried stool softeners, laxatives, and miralax (polyethylene glycol). None of which had helped. Only able to pass small pellets.
Constipation: Looks like you used with over-the-counter medications without success. I think you need to seek help from a doctor now to check for any reason for this. ...Read more
Haven't had normal bm in 2 weeks, tried stool softener, laxative, more fiber, & enema. Causes loose stool. Worried about impaction? What should I do?
Pain or bloating?: If not you can keep doing what your doing for a while but if pain or distention develop see your doctor pronto. ...Read more
Is it safe to take the recommended amount of stimulant and stool softening laxatives consistently to relieve constipation caused by psychotropic meds?
Use fiber: The ideal would be to eat your fiber in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in your diet, as well as to increase your intake of water to help with constipation. Then using stool softeners daily is fine( must drink water with those). Try not to take laxatives but those that simply add fiber and bulk are ok, such as miralax, metamucil, fibercon, citrucel, etc. Also ok is amitiza, (lubiprostone) by rx. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have been constipated and haven't had a bowl movement for 2 days. I tried stool softeners, laxatives, changing my diet, and drinking plenty of water?
Does long term use of stool softeners and laxatives cause vitam and mineral imbalances/ deficiencies?
Yes: Long term use of harsh laxatives like milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) or castor oil can cause nutritional problems but mainly they cause the colon to become more and more sluggish, causing more laxative use. If you have a problem moving your bowels or you are using laxatives for weight loss you should consult your primary care for advice. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Laxatives: You can take stool softeners or laxatives if you have sinus tachycardia. ...Read more
Constapation because of imodium (loperamide) and IBS, which on is better - stool softener or laxative?
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