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Will a stool softener help with an elderly person?

Will a stool softener help with an elderly person?

Sure, but...: Docusate (per pdr) helps moisten & soften hard, dry stools. It is not a true laxative, but facilitates natural defecation, usually within 12 to 72 hours. This is safe & available for anyone over 2, & assumes normal GI anatomy without inflammation, stenosis, extrinsic or intrinsic obstruction. Gi motility in the healthy elderly patient is really little different than in younger patients.

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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.

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What is the best type of stool softener?

What is the best type of stool softener?

Mineral oil: Over the counter mineral oil is better than stool softener in capsules. About a tablespoon or less at bedtime according to benefit.

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What is the best over-the-counter stool softener for nursing mothers?

What is the best over-the-counter stool softener for nursing mothers?

Docusate: Docusate (Colace) ia a safe OTC stool softener and may be used while nursing. I have attached a Mayo Clinic Website for additional information on breastfeeding and medication use. Http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/healthy-living/infant-and-toddler-health/in-depth/breastfeeding-and-medications/art-20043975

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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.

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When is the best time of day to take a stool softener like Colace (docusate sodium).

When is the best time of day to take a stool softener like Colace (docusate sodium).

Most commonly: People use it two or three times a day. And really it's about convenience and remember to take it, if necessary. Consider taking it around a regular daily habit you may have. For most that means around a morning or evening routine and others both times.

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Dr said I have small anal fissure. What are the differences between fiber supplement (metamucil) and stool softener. Which one is best to use. Thanks.

Dr said I have small anal fissure. What are the differences between fiber supplement (metamucil) and stool softener. Which one is best to use. Thanks.

Both: Fiber supplement, extra water, and stool softeners all used together are the first line treatment for anal fissure. Fiber is simply indigestible fiber that adds bulk to the stool and makes it easier for the intestines to pass it along. The stool softener causes the stool to retain enough fluid to keep it from getting hard and dry and perhaps reopening the anal fissure. Some people also use fasting.

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Which is best? Miralax (polyethylene glycol) or ducolax stool softener. Constipated. May have diverticulitis. Will have CT friday. Took miralax (polyethylene glycol) 2 days then ducolax last nite

Which is best? Miralax (polyethylene glycol) or ducolax stool softener. Constipated. May have diverticulitis. Will have CT friday. Took miralax (polyethylene glycol) 2 days then ducolax last nite

Different mechanisms: They have different mechanisms of action. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is an osmotic laxative (draws water out). Dulcolax is a stimulating laxative and for best effect take tablet with full glass water on empty stomach. Severe ab pain or fever then urgently see a doctor. You may benefit from an online consultation to best determine symptomatic care for constipation and advise next steps.

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Is Miralax (polyethylene glycol) the best stool softener to use for slow moving colon and constipation? (am on fentanyl patches 159 mg q2 days for chronic pain)

Is Miralax (polyethylene glycol) the best stool softener to use for slow moving colon and constipation? (am on fentanyl patches 159 mg q2 days for chronic pain)

Choices: You have choices, and none are necessarily best for any one person. You might also try OTC supplement called Magnesium Oxide. Take according to the directions on the bottle. It should help stimulate your bowels to work, and also give you some magnesium to reduce pain and spasm. Www. Blatmanhealthandwellness. Com

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I've seen different types of OTC laxatives (stimulant, saline, stool softeners, etc.). Which would be best for occasional treatment of constipation?

I've seen different types of OTC laxatives (stimulant, saline, stool softeners, etc.). Which would be best for occasional treatment of constipation?

If occasional: It doesn't matter much what you take, but it sounds like you have a number of GI issues. The best way to treat constipation is to avoid it, but taking in adequate fluid and a good amount of fiber, preferably from natural sources (like fruits/vegetables with lots of roughage). Stimulant laxatives can lead to dependency, and I generally recommend avoiding them. Occasionaf milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) is ok.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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What is a good stool softener without sodium?

What is a good stool softener without sodium?

Docusate calcium: Docusate is an excellent, gentle, easy to use stool softener. If you are trying to avoid sodium, you can take the docusate calcium instead. Be sure to drink plenty of liquids. Good luck.

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How long is it safe to take a stool softener for?

Long time: Stool softeners can be taken safely for a long period of time, however, this should not lull you to believe that your problem may be a benign one. There are different causes of constipation and you may need to either describe your problem in greater detail or see your doctor to figure out why you are constipated.

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How long is it safe to use a stool softener daily?

How long is it safe to use a stool softener daily?

Sure, but...: Docusate (per pdr) helps moisten & soften hard, dry stools. It is not a true laxative, but facilitates natural defecation, usually within 12 to 72 hours. This is safe & available for anyone over 2, & assumes normal GI anatomy without inflammation, stenosis, extrinsic or intrinsic obstruction. Change in baseline bowel habits however warrants evaluation rather than indefinite otc treatment.

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When should I use a laxative with a stool softener?

When should I use a laxative with a stool softener?

Efficacy: When you are still constipated on stool softeners, a laxative can be tried. A better method is to find out the cause of the constipation so you are not just treating the symptoms.

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What's the diffrence between a laxative and a stool softener?

Good question: A stool softener causes bulk to the stools and pulls liquid from the walls of the colon to aid in making the stools earier to pass. A laxative irritates or changes the physiologic function of the bowel to cause it to increase its contractions and expel stool.

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What's the difference between a stool softener and a laxative?

Stool softener: Softens stool and makes it easier to pass. Laxatives simulate the bowel to move and may be much more reactive and cause some pain.

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