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Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
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Stool Softener (Definition)

Stool softeners are medications that relieve constipation ...Read more


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I have a back issue and am constipated. I took 4 colace (docusate sodium) stool softeners and still have not had a bowel movement , its been 3 days, should I try the?

Continue the colace (docusate sodium): If you are taking pain medications for the back issue, you can become rather constipated due to them. Therefore i recommend that anyone taking narcotic pain meds regularly take a stool softener. I'd recommend continuing the colace, (docusate sodium) make sure to drink plenty of water, and you can add one other over the counter medication to help you have a bm such as mineral oil, senna, or dulcolax. ...Read more

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Are Colace (docusate sodium) Clear stool softeners safe to use daily? I've been taking 1 a day for a few days now

Yes, but...: it is perfectly OK to use Colace (docusate sodium) on a daily basis, but for no longer than a week. If you continue to have constipation beyond that time, then Colace (docusate sodium) is not the proper medication to be using. You should consult with your doctor about a plan for the long-term. In the meantime, adding in extra fiber to your diet and perhaps taking a fiber supplement such as Metamucil maybe useful. Good luck. ...Read more

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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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What is the difference between a stool softener like colace (docusate sodium) and a laxative?

What is the difference between a stool softener like colace (docusate sodium) and a laxative?

Softener vs laxative: There are many different ways to deal w/constipation, starting 1st w/fiber, fluids & exercise. Failing that, stool softeners do exactly that - soften stool, typically by increasing water content. Laxatives OTOH irritate bowel into having a bowel movement. Check out http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/constipation/in-depth/laxatives/art-20045906 ...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 are the side effects of docusate sodium stool softener?

What are the side effects of docusate sodium stool softener?

GI mostly: Can cause diarrhea, cramps, elctrolyte (blood chemistry) abnormalities, rarely rash or throat irritation. ...Read more

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Stool softener= docusate sodium or docusate calcium?

Stool softener= docusate sodium or docusate calcium?

Either: Both work by causing small bowel to secrete fluid into gut. Increased fluid helps to sofeten hard stool; not a stimulant. ...Read more

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Is docusate sodium or docusate calcium a better stool softener?

Is docusate sodium or docusate calcium a better stool softener?

Depends: Since calcium tends to constipate, i'd tend to side with the sodium version. However, people with hypertension who are limiting their sodium intake should probably choose the calcium version. The docusate is the active component; so either version should work. Adding more fiber & fluids to your diet will help keep you regular, too. ...Read more

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