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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

Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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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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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. ...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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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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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. ...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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I had RNY 2 years ago. Because of my diet, constipation is an ongoing issue. Is it safe to take one or two stool softeners daily?

I had RNY 2 years ago. Because of my diet, constipation is an ongoing issue. Is it safe to take one or two stool softeners daily?

Constipation: I am not familiar with RNY. Constipation is best treated with good fluid intake, sufficient fiber in your diet and there is no harm in taking stool softeners twice a day. The goal is to avoid a laxative habit, however. If really necessary taking one senokot a day may help as it combines a stool softener with a gentle bowel stimulant (senna). If you have the urge and can't move, use glycerin supposi ...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 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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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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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?

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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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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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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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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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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How long after taking stool softener would it take an allergic reaction, such as hives, to appear?

How long after taking stool softener would it take an allergic reaction, such as hives, to appear?

Depends: Stool softeners are rarely allergens although psyllium allergy has been reported. The onset of allergic reaction can be expected from minutes to 2 hours if you are allergic. However I think the hives are more likely from something else. ...Read more

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I just had removal of my prostate due to cancer. I am taking a stool softener but it's been two weeks, can I take Metamucil?

I just had removal of my prostate due to cancer. I am taking a stool softener but it's been two weeks, can I take Metamucil?

Of course, but does: Not mean it will work, always trial & error dosage & strategy. Probably healthier is adding above veggies: cauliflower, broccoli, a variety of various lettuce, fresh spinach & many other good choices; add butter, etc. To improve taste/appeal to excellent. Too much of the OTC processed foods/supplements industry is not healthy. ...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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How many mg of stool softener should you take daily while on pain meds to reduce constipation? I'm post op for hemmoroidectomy.

How many mg of stool softener should you take daily while on pain meds to reduce constipation? I'm post op for hemmoroidectomy.

Stool Softener: With opiate pain medications, a stimulant laxative should be used along with a stool softener. A stool softener alone is not often sufficient with opiate pain medications. I would recommend 200 - 400 mg of a stool softener daily along with a stimulant laxative such as senna. ...Read more

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I'm recovering from an appendectomy. Should I take a stool softener to make the transition back to a fully functioning GI tract easier?

I'm recovering from an appendectomy. Should I take a stool softener to make the transition back to a fully functioning GI tract easier?

No: After an appendectomy there may be a period of ileus or non propulsion of the bowel due to parasympathetic enhanced activity. A stool softener will not enhance or improve ease of movement of bowel function. In contrast, where a bowel resection and anastomosis is performed, there may be a narrowing of lumen at the suture line and here a stool softener may help. ...Read more

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I been using stool softener for my 3 month baby since she was 2 month old. When can I slowly take her off of that? Will this mess her digestive system

Anytime/no: Babies are a growing system and all the worry about becoming dependent on stool softeners or wetting agents do not apply. Older adults, maybe, but infants and children, no. If the kid needs this on and off for the first years of life, please use it. Recurrent constipation is common in kids and most often results from parents quit after early results and don't treat long enough to solve the problem. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take stool softeners dayly, long-term?

Is it okay to take stool softeners dayly, long-term?

Yes: See previous answer regarding softeners like docusate (colace) which are safe to use on a daily basis for hard stools. Don't use daily laxatives though. ...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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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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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!
Hope this helps
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Can I take stool softeners while I'm taking a laxative and how long should I wait to take a second dose of the laxative?

Can I take stool softeners while I'm taking a laxative and how long should I wait to take a second dose of the laxative?

Stool softeners: Occasional constipation can be managed at home with stool softeners, such as docusate and polyethylene glycol 3350. A stimulant laxative, such as senna or bisacodyl, can be added if the stool softener alone is not effective, but should not be taken continuously without physician supervision. If you only have a bowel movement after taking a stimulant laxative, you should see a doctor. ...Read more

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I continue to struggle with hemmeroids after having my son almost 3 months ago. I take stool softeners daily but I can't seem to get regulated.?

I continue to struggle with hemmeroids after having my son almost 3 months ago. I take stool softeners daily but I can't seem to get regulated.?

Be seen: It sounds like you need to keep the stool softeners going, but if you continue have problems, you need to be seen. You may need to have surgery if medications and stool softeners work. ...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

Dr. Milroy Samuel
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