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Colace Stool Softener
Is it a problem to take colace (docusate sodium) (stool softener) while taking the birth control pill; ortho tri-cyclen-lo?
No: Any stool softeners can be taken with pills. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can a person contract anal stenosis as a possible side effect of the over use (3-5 weeks) of docusate sodium, 250 mg, a stool softener?
Highly unlikely: Would not make sense and highly unlikely. ...Read more
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