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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. ...Read more

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Can I take stool softeners every day? I don't want to get constipated, take a stool softener, & then have to wait a long time.

Can I take stool softeners every day? I don't want to get constipated, take a stool softener, & then have to wait a long time.

Stool softener: You can take colace (docusate sodium) daily without problem. It keeps the stool soft. Dulcolax is not safe to use daily. Increase fluid and increase fiber and vegetables will keep you stools softer. ...Read more

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I am taking stool softener, (docusate sodium) 2 a day it is really helping me. Is it safe to take it for a long time, or there is alternatives?

I am taking stool softener, (docusate sodium) 2 a day it is really helping me. Is it safe to take it for a long time, or there is alternatives?

Constipation: Long term laxatives are not great for the bowels. If possible add magnesium 250mg once per day to your routine and that may help increase absorption into the gut and help you taper off the laxatives. Also don't forget to drink a lot of water to soften the bowels and fiber to keep things moving. ...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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My 6 yr old nephew has always had hard time pooping. He would not take stool softener is there anything else I can try? The last time I went to dr with him (a few years ago) we were told his stomach was a little distended but dr had seen worse, given sup

My 6 yr old nephew has always had hard time pooping. He would not take stool softener is there anything else I can try? The last time I went to dr with him (a few years ago) we were told his stomach was a little distended but dr had seen worse, given sup

Constipation: Constipation is very common in young preschool and school-aged children. It can be caused by any number of things such as: withholding, change in diet, changes in routine, family history, medications, cows' milk allergy, and occasionally another medical problems. Often, children with long-standing constipation will have leakage of small amounts of stool around the large, hard ball of stool sitting in their rectum. Since passing this large stool can be painful, many kids will continue to withhold causing worsening constipation. The key to fixing constipation is to figure out why it happened in the first place, disrupt the cycle of holding with medications and/or treatments and make permanent healthy dietary changes. Often, this can involve a number of treatments, so the best thing is to contact your nephew's doctor and discuss the constipation. They may suggest dietary changes, glycerine suppositories, and laxative use for a few weeks depending on the severity of the constipation. Extreme cases may require enemas or even hospitalization. Definitely, the sooner you have him seen and treated, the better!

in the meantime, make sure he is drinking plenty of fluids and eating a high fiber diet (plenty of fruits, veggies and high fiber cereals). Limit foods such as white flour, sugar, meat and cheese that do not have much fiber. Try to have daily 5-10 minute "potty times" 2-3 times a day at the same time to get him on a schedule. Praise small victories and do not punish accidents - that can just make the withholding worse.

Luckily, for most kids, constipation is a temporary thing and with proper treatment, they will be just fine. Good luck! ...Read more

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How much time does it usually take for stool softeners to work?

How much time does it usually take for stool softeners to work?

12 to 72 hours: 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 works best for occasional constipation, & assumes normal GI anatomy without inflammation, stenosis, extrinsic or instrinsic obstruction. Change in bowels is considered a "red flag", like weight loss or blood in stool, that needs evaluation. ...Read more

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I take miralax (polyethylene glycol) sometimes, and I was wondering what can I do when it is time for a colonoscopy, for people who are used to stool softeners?

I take miralax (polyethylene glycol) sometimes, and I was wondering what can I do when it is time for a colonoscopy, for people who are used to stool softeners?

Best to: Discuss this with your GI doctor or colon and rectal surgeon who will be performing the procedure. Try drinking less caffeine and more fluid to 80 ounces per day or more and you will probably not need the MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) any longer. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take a stool softener every day?

Is it okay to take a stool softener every day?

No: It is not a good idea to use them in the long run. In the short-term, for a few weeks or less, if necessary, they should be tolerated very well. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take stool softener every day? I am experiencing a problem I only know as constipation.

Is it safe to take stool softener every day? I am experiencing a problem I only know as constipation.

Back up plan: Would keep the stool softener as a back up plan. Good hydration, a diet with lots of fruits and vegetables and physical exercise are usually enough to prevent constipation. ...Read more

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Is it okay if I take a stool softener every day for about 2 weeks? I have a hemorrhoid and I'm trying to heal it & going for a checkup then

Is it okay if I take a stool softener every day for about 2 weeks? I have a hemorrhoid and I'm trying to heal it & going for a checkup then

Stool softener: Yes, it should be fine until you see a specialist for your condition. You may also eat a high fiber diet, drink more fluids, eat more fruits and vegetables to help with your symptoms as well. ...Read more

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I have constipation predominate IBS and struggle everyday with constipation. Would it be safe to take a stool softener every day? Other options?

Constipation: Stool softeners every day is not a problem. A better treatment would be drinking more water and eating fruits and vegetables. Beware of bananas--they can make constipation worse. ...Read more

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Is it normal to not have a bowel movement for an entire day after taking 2 Immodium the night before? Should I take a stool softener just in case?

Is it normal to not have a bowel movement for an entire day after taking 2 Immodium the night before? Should I take a stool softener just in case?

Med SE: Yes that would not be unusual. I am assuming that you took Imodium (loperamide) fir diarrhea. This does slow the bowels down. If this is an ongoing issue consider probiotics to help balance GI flora and using or getting enough fiber. ...Read more

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Had banding and laser for internal hemorrhoids but been having difficulty healing cause of hard stools. I take fiber and stool softener twice a day, could the stool softener make it worse?

Had banding and laser for internal hemorrhoids but been having difficulty healing cause of hard stools. I take fiber and stool softener twice a day, could the stool softener make it worse?

Soft stools: Fiber provides bulk to the stools but doesn't soften them much. Stool softener a like Colace have a mild effect. You should be taking stone fruits and their juices, consider PEG 3350 once or twice daily, milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) once or twice daily. Your doctor can help provide guidance. ...Read more

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I have pancreatic cancer and stay constipated from all the pain meds. I prescribed a liquid stool softener to take twice a day by peg tube. Is better?

I have pancreatic cancer and stay constipated from all the pain meds. I prescribed a liquid stool softener to take twice a day by peg tube. Is better?

No pancreatin: Proper digestion of food requires secretion of pancreatic juice which is then activated by bile. If no surgery, then ducts are blocked and pancreatin by mouth and bile juice or salts delivered by mouth will help digestion. Stool softeners like Colace also help. Newer mAbs in trial will help open ducts after targeting mutated MUC5ac. ...Read more

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Can kids take doss stool softener?

Yes, but lower dose: Docusate (doss) is safe for children and it has pediatric dosing tables; do not give a child an adult dose. I would check the medication insert or online at doss's site for this to most accurately dose for pediatrics. Otherwise, it is safe for use in children and I have given my daughter pediatric docusate before. I hope this helps! ...Read more

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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. ...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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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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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? I've 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? I've 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 (polyethylene glycol) 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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Can I take stool softener pills if im breastfeeding?

Can I take stool softener pills if im breastfeeding?

Yes: The majority of these preparations remain within the bowel and do not enter the blood and thus not the breast milk. Use them as needed. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a stool softener like Metamucil to take effect?

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

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Can I take a stool softener while having an active case of diverticulitis?

Can I take a stool softener while having an active case of diverticulitis?

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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Is genuine phillips stool softener pretty good to take for constipation?

Is genuine phillips stool softener pretty good to take for constipation?

Yes, but: A better way to relieve constipation is to eat high fiber cereal (fiber one or all bran) everyday. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to take a stool softener while breastfeeding?

Is it possible for you to take a stool softener while breastfeeding?

Most harmless: You can check with your doc for specifics but most stool softeners are considered safe during lactation. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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Constipated while on protonix (pantoprazole). Okay to take a stool softener/laxative?

Constipated while on protonix (pantoprazole). Okay to take a stool softener/laxative?

Yes. I would recommen: D Miralax (polyethylene glycol) or for something stronger, Milk of Magnesia.Also, Increace your daily fiber with something like a bowl of Raisin Bran every morning. This will help prevent future constipation issues naturally.?? ...Read more

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I was recently diagnosed with gastritis, is it safe to take a stool softener?

I was recently diagnosed with gastritis, is it safe to take a stool softener?

Stool softner: Hi ~ YES but choose one that is psyllium based like Metamucil and adjust dose to needs. Too much will give you cramps and diarrea. Thanks ...Read more

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I'm taking plavix (clopidogrel). What laxative or stool softener is safe to take with it?

I'm taking plavix (clopidogrel). What laxative or stool softener is safe to take with it?

Any one: Plavix (clopidogrel) is used to thin the blood. Tou should avoid things that increase your risk of bleeding. Any stool softener a or laxative is okay to use. ...Read more

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I took a stool softener for two days and still am constipated. Can I take a laxative as well?

Yes: Do not forget hydration and exercise, such as a brisk half an hour walk or sit-ups. A stimulant laxative such as Senna may help. If no response, a Dulcolax suppository should be in place. Hope it helps. ...Read more

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I took a stool softener (max 3 pills/24 hours) and waited 12 hours, can I take a laxative (1-2 pills)? the stool softener didn't relieve constipation.

I took a stool softener (max 3 pills/24 hours) and waited 12 hours, can I take a laxative (1-2 pills)? the stool softener didn't relieve constipation.

Yes: Constipation can be caused by not eating enough fiber or drinking enough liquids. Other reasons include side effects of medication, hypothyroidism, irritable bowl disease and pregnancy. For advice on treating constipation see http://bit. Ly/1uzOegm ...Read more

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