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Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Harinder Gill
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Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett Dr. Poinsett
Pediatrics
34 years in practice
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
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Stool softener with stimulant ok while breastfeeding?

Stool softener with stimulant ok while breastfeeding?

Yes: Neither will be absorbed into body, will pass out via your bowel movement.

Dr. Justin Greiwe Dr. Greiwe
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
8 years in practice
University of Toledo College of Medicine
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Ok for breastfeeding mother to take ducolax or miralax (polyethylene glycol)? Baby is 13 weeks. If not, what stool softening med is safe?

Ok for breastfeeding mother to take ducolax or miralax (polyethylene glycol)? Baby is 13 weeks. If not, what stool softening med is safe?

Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is safe: Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is a safe and effective stool softener for breastfeeding mothers. There is little to no systemic absorption of this medication. To help with issues of constipation also suggest increased exercise, increased hydration with water, and a balanced diet with lots of fruits, vegetables, and items high in fiber.

Dr. Bennett Werner Dr. Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
40 years in practice
University of Maryland School of Medicine
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Is genuine phillips stool softener safe to take for constipation?

Is genuine phillips stool softener safe to take for constipation?

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

Dr. Bennett Werner Dr. Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
40 years in practice
University of Maryland School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Stephen Richards Dr. Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology
38 years in practice
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
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Dr. Michael Fisher Dr. Fisher
Dermatology
28 years in practice
Morehouse School of Medicine
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What is the gentlest stool softener for someone with an ulcer?

What is the gentlest stool softener for someone with an ulcer?

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.

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Dr. Laura Yauch Dr. Yauch
Family Medicine
years in practice
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
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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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Dr. Charles Cattano Dr. Cattano
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
35 years in practice
State University of New York Upstate Medical University
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How can stool softener make you need to poop more often or just more?

How can stool softener make you need to poop more often or just more?

OTC aids to stool: 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.

Dr. Jason Hemming Dr. Hemming
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
13 years in practice
Tufts University School of Medicine
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Will taking a stool softener help me from not bleeding post polyp removal?

Will taking a stool softener help me from not bleeding post polyp removal?

No: I can understand the question but stool consistency is not a factor for post-polypectomy bleeding.

Dr. Robin Watson Dr. Watson
Surgery
19 years in practice
University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
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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.

Dr. Calvin Weisberger Dr. Weisberger
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
47 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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Sorry for all the questions. Can I take stool softener or laxatives with sinus tarchydia?

Sorry for all the questions. Can I take stool softener or laxatives with sinus tarchydia?

Laxatives: You can take stool softeners or laxatives if you have sinus tachycardia.

Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc Dr. Pasniciuc
Internal Medicine
23 years in practice
University of Medicine and Pharmacy 'Carol Davila'
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I took a stool softener for two days and still am constipated. Can I take a laxative as well?

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.

Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc Dr. Pasniciuc
Internal Medicine
23 years in practice
University of Medicine and Pharmacy 'Carol Davila'
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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.

Dr. Arthur Heller Dr. Heller
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
39 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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26 yr old. Had constip. Went semi normal after fiber and stool softener. Now diahrea. Could diet change and softeners be the cause? Scared.

26 yr old. Had constip. Went semi normal after fiber and stool softener. Now diahrea. Could diet change and softeners be the cause? Scared.

Sure: Too much of a good thing. First cut out stool softener. Balance and consistency of input will help consistency of output. Ongoing symptoms? See doc to exclude other issues.

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Dr. Manjeet Singh Dr. Singh
Cardiology - Cardiac Electrophysiology
6 years in practice
Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Katharine Cox Dr. Cox
Pediatrics - Emergency Medicine
41 years in practice
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My daughter, 14 months is constipated despite giving her fluids. Used stool softener for a month. If I stop medication, she is constipated again.

My daughter, 14 months is constipated despite giving her fluids. Used stool softener for a month. If I stop medication, she is constipated again.

Constipation: 3 important facts: 1 did she pass meconium or the dark sticky stool in the 1st day of life? 2 did this start when you transitioned her from formula to whole milk? 3 are you attempting potty training if the answer to all 3 is yes then this is likely transient and will pass with time. I would continue the stool softener and hold off on potty training for now. Wean the stool softener.

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Dr. Richard Zimon Dr. Zimon
Internal Medicine
55 years in practice
Harvard Medical School
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I haven't had a normal bowel movent in about 3 days. When going earlier, while wiping, I felt soemthing different. Not sure what to do. Stool softener?

I haven't had a normal bowel movent in about 3 days. When going earlier, while wiping, I felt soemthing different. Not sure what to do. Stool softener?

Sounds like: You felt a hemorrhoid due to straining. .. BEST BET is to increase your clear fluid intake drastically! KEEP DRINKING!!! You will eventually normalize! If symptoms continue a visit to your PCP is indicated since you may have early IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndome) Hope this helps! Dr Z

Dr. Gary Sandler
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