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Can stool softeners give me diarrhea?

Can stool softeners give me diarrhea?

Yes: Excess intake of stool softeners can give you diarrhea. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) can cause diarrhea, senna can, lactulose can, even mineral oil in overdose can cause diarrhea. Use the recommended amount. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Loose Stools (Definition)

Loose stools is a symptom in which a person's stool (poop) does not hold its shape after it goes into the toilet. Instead of remaining a shaped piece of poop, the poop spreads out in the toilet bowl water. Very loose stool is called diarrhea. Loose stool can be caused by infections, certain foods or drinks, ...Read more


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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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My 5yr oh hold her poop till she throws up. Then she still hold it. She has accidents constantly says it hurts. Can I give her stool softener every day?

My 5yr oh hold her poop till she throws up. Then she still hold it. She has accidents constantly says it hurts. Can I give her stool softener every day?

Please see doctor: I think the simple answer is a yes, 'but answer. This sounds like a significant situation that must be fully studied. I am sure your pediatrician can help and even recommend a specialist for pediatric gastroenterology. Please do not just give your daughter stool softeners without a full evaluation and diagnosis of the underlying problem. ...Read more

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I think my 1 year old son could benefit from stool softener. Is there a natural remedy or OTC product I can give him? Will prune juice do the trick?

I think my 1 year old son could benefit from stool softener. Is there a natural remedy or OTC product I can give him? Will prune juice do the trick?

Prune juice / karo: You can try some prune juice or karo syrup. You can give a tablespoon for every 4 oz of milk. Less or more depending on stool frequency. ...Read more

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Why did they give stool softener pill plus milk magnesia. And how do I have bm if pelvis fracture?

Avoid constipation: Pelvic fractures can lead to slowing of peristaltic movement of colon, which controls bowel movements. Bed rest and pain medications are often the only initial treatment for pelvic fractures; these two markedly slow down normal colon movements. Do whatever necessary to get those bowels moving: drinks lots fluids, including prune juice, stool softener, fiber combined with fluid, senna, mom... ...Read more

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My mother is 82 year old recently she been constipated been give lots of water, fiber, fruits, prunes juice, and stool softener she has very bad hemor?

My mother is 82 year old recently she been constipated been give lots of water, fiber, fruits, prunes juice, and stool softener she has very bad hemor?

CONSTIPATION: In addition to what she is already taking she may take sennosides orally, next would be dulcolax suppositories or "Fleets" enema with much lubrication. ...Read more

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Can kids take doss stool softener?

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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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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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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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. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use stool softeners regularly?

Is it safe to use stool softeners regularly?

Yes: It is common to use colace (docusate sodium) or docusate long term, especially when taking narcotics. ...Read more

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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. ...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, 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 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. ...Read more

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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 from in younger patients. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Will stool softeners work the same way as laxatives?

Stool softeners: Will help to bring more fluid into the stool to help them pass easier. They may take several days to start to work. Laxatives usually stimulate the bowels to move faster and push the stool through the system. They may cause cramps and should not be taken on a regular basis. Stool softeners can be taken daily along with fiber and good fluid intake to maintain good regularity. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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If I'm can stool softeners to lose weight, should I take them?

Please not for that!: There is no meaningful or long-term weight loss with stool softeners--only temporary laxation of stool and maybe loss of some "water". A healthy and long-term approach to weight loss (and keeping the weight off once lost) is consistently making good food choices (avoid high-calorie density foods that are high in fat and processed sugars), minimize snacking, control portion size, and exercise. ...Read more

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If I can take stool softeners to lose weight, should I take them?

If I can take stool softeners to lose weight, should I take them?

Not for that reason: There is no meaningful or long-term weight loss with stool softeners--only temporary laxation of stool and maybe loss of some "water". A healthy and long-term approach to weight loss (and keeping the weight off once lost) is consistently making good food choices (avoid high-calorie density foods that are high in fat and processed sugars), minimize snacking, control portion size, and exercise. ...Read more

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Can I drink this twice a day n a stool softener to get relief fast?

Can I drink this twice a day n a stool softener to get relief fast?

Please rephrase: Please rephrase your question and include the symptom and the solution you are referring to. ...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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