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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?
Dr dx hemorrhoids today and recommended stool softener + mild laxative for 60 days. What should I look out for which would warrant another visit or should I just assume meds will work?
I haven't pooped 5 weeks and I've taken stool softeners and laxatives nothing helps, I have bad lower back pain now. Should I go to the ER? Help!
I have IBS and history of C-Diff 3x's I am currently in a lot of pain in my abdomen & constipated. What can I do? Tried stool softener and laxatives.
Yes but: Quite a few over the counter (otc) preps contain both elements. As with most otc medications, temporary use to relieve symptoms are usually fine. Habitual or prolonged use is unwise as you maybe masking something more serious. Don't wait till it becomes a serious problem. ...Read more
Brother facing acute constipation.He is advised to take laxatives & stool softeners along with increase fiber & fluids.Any med or anything he can do!
Constipation: Fiber, fluids, stool softeners & laxatives are good standard recommendations. Don't forget exercise - seriously! Try to avoid medications if possible b/c no such thing as free lunch eg no side effects. PEG or Miralax appears safe enough after yrs of bowel prep to be available OTC. Amitiza (lubiprostone) & Linzess are 2 new meds. Make sure to find cause: hypothyroidism, colon cancer, narcotics, anticholinergics. ...Read more
Stool softener or a stimulant laxative for a woman currently taking daflon who has hemmorhoids(&had surgery 9days ago for uterine fibroids removal)?
I have been unable to have a bowel movement in a week. I've tried laxatives, stool softeners, prunes, enemas, and suppositories. I have always had irregular bowel movements. Im in severe pain!
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