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Best Stool Softener For Elderly
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. ...Read more
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
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 ...Read more
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
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. ...Read more
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.
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. ...Read more
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)
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.
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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
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Please rephrase: Please rephrase your question and include the symptom and the solution you are referring to. ...Read more
Not a stool softener: Metamucil is not a softener per se. Rather it adds bulk and can retain (adsorb to be technically correct) fluid which may 'soften' the stool indirectly. The effect is usually within 24 hours. The dose may need to be gradually increased to (a) be effective and (b) minimize gas, cramps etc. ...Read more
It is usually:
Suggested that diverticulitis best to a diet which contains significant residue. Since stool "softeners"usually contain artificial "bulk" I would think it would be OK. HOWEVER I would suggest you consult with you Treating Health Care Professional before taking ANY medication which might have an effect upon your bowel condition!
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I've been having big hard stools for a few months and just started taking a stool softener in pill form and it made my stools worse! What can I do?
Stool Softener: Prescription oral medications like colase, dialose, docusate, dos, doxinate, fleet sof-lax, hemaspan, modane soft and surfak, as well as numerous others, may be prescribed by your doctor as safe and effective stool softeners. They do come with a few side effects, however, including stomach pains, cramping and nausea. Take these prescription stool softeners as prescribed; usually at bedtime. ...Read more