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Dr. Scott Keith
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Stool Softener (Definition)

Stool softeners are medications that relieve constipation ...Read more


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Colonoscopy early this afternoon. No pain till getting home & increasing since. Taking Percocet, fiber, & stool softener. Gas? ok to add simethicone?

Colonoscopy early this afternoon. No pain till getting home & increasing since. Taking Percocet, fiber, & stool softener. Gas? ok to add simethicone?

Should be: no problem. But check with your doc to be safe! Rarely colonoscopy may cause perforation/leak. Call your doc ASAP to be safe. DO NOT WAIT. Good luck ...Read more

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I haven't had a bm in 2 weeks because of medicine. I started taking a stool softener a few days ago. How long should it take to work? Ive taken 3

I haven't had a bm in 2 weeks because of medicine.  I started taking a stool softener a few days ago.  How long should it take to work?  Ive taken 3

Constipation: Medication-induced constipation can be difficult to deal with. It is unlikely that a stool softener will make you pass a bowel movement. You would be better off with a laxative of some sort. You might consider trying magnesium citrate or MiraLAX on a one-time basis. Depending on what medication is causing your constipation, there might be prescription alternatives also. See your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the best stool softener to take?

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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Well i want to take stool softener because of my weight?

Well i want to take stool softener because of my weight?

Bad idea: Softer stool will do nothing to increase the rate of fat loss from the body. A healthy diet and exercise that creates a modest calorie deficit is a far more effective way to reduce fat. ...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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Can i take a stool softener during a gallbladdere attack?

Yes: There is probably no problem to take a stool softener during a gallbladder attack, but make sure that your doctor knows what is going on. ...Read more

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