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Dr. Lynne Weixel
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Docusate Sodium (Definition)

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I have hard stool, is polythene glycol 3350 a good substitute for colace (docusate sodium) if you don't have it?

I have hard stool, is polythene glycol 3350 a good substitute for colace (docusate sodium) if you don't have it?

Constipation: Yes th e compound sited can be very effective, no major side effects adequate water must be consumed. 17 gram in 8 ounces of fluid. ...Read more

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I have major pain of hemroids. Can I take colace (docusate sodium) pills on a daily basis ? Would that get my stool to me soft

I have major pain of hemroids. Can I take colace (docusate sodium) pills on a daily basis ? Would that get my stool to me soft

Hemorrhoid pain: hemorrhoid pain can sometimes be relieved by using stool softeners. It is okay to use Colace (docusate sodium) on a daily basis for a short period of time to see if it will help. I would also increase the amount of fiber in your diet and your fluid intake for now. You might even consider a daily dose of Metamucil with extra fluid for now. If this doesn't help, see your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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I've been having constipation on and off for over a month. Some days are normal stools and other days I can't pass anything. This past week I've been taking colace for 3 days straight and it finally helped a little as I was able to pass some stools but I

I've been having constipation on and off for over a month. Some days are normal stools and other days I can't pass anything. This past week I've been taking colace for 3 days straight and it finally helped a little as I was able to pass some stools but I

Hydration and fiber: Constipation can frequently be relieved with increased dietary fiber and drinking plenty of water. One of the colon's primary jobs is to reabsorb water from the stool before it is excreted. If you are not drinking enough water the stool can become dry and hard, leading to constipation. Fruits and vegetables are a good source of dietary fiber. ...Read more

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How effective are stool softeners (such as docusate sodium)?

How effective are stool softeners (such as docusate sodium)?

Probably okay, but..: Before you contemplate long term laxative dependency, seek medical evaluation--rule out metabolic causes of constipation (e.g. Low thyroid or adrenal conditions), distinguish slow versus normal transit constipation, consider a primary rectal dysfunction that may be treatable with biofeedback, check for structural pathology or extrinsic impingement, or intermittent ileus (e.g. Pseudo-obstruction). ...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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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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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

Dr. Barbara Lavi
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