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Is colace (docusate sodium) effective for constipation?

Is colace (docusate sodium) effective for constipation?

Colace (docusate sodium): ..can be effective for constipation. Also, make sure that you drink plenty of water and that you are eating plenty of vegetables (which increases your fiber content). ...Read more

Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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Colace (docusate sodium) or ducolax which is better?

Dulcolax: Dulcolax probably better in an acute situations with no bowel movements in few days. Colace (docusate sodium) is sometimes used on a daily basis for patients with a tendency to constipation and it takes longer for its effect. Given your age would suggest light exercise and good hydration along with a high fiber diet. ...Read more

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Is colace (docusate sodium) excreted in breastmilk?

Minimal if any: This material will end up in the bile but has not been detected in the breast milk.It is considerd safe for baby during breast feeding. ...Read more

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Is docusate sodium a laxative?

Docusate: Technically, colace (docusate sodium) is a stool softener. Docusate has been shown to be minimally effective. There are much better choices for maintaining an effective bowel regimen. ...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 sodium picosulphate stronger laxative then lactulose?

Is sodium picosulphate stronger laxative then lactulose?

Work differently,: However, i how found sodium picosulfate to be stronger. This can be used for colon cleansing prior to colonoscopy prep. Lactulose is an osmotic laxative and tends to cause more bloating and is not quite as effective as evacuating the colon. ...Read more

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Is sodium coco sulfate safer than sodium lauryl sulfate?

Is sodium coco sulfate safer than sodium lauryl sulfate?

Not sure: Not sure about all those ingredients in our shampoos, conditioners, soaps, and creams. I presume they all end up in our waters when we shower. The site, http://chemicaloftheday.Squarespace.Com/qa/2011/9/26/sodium-coco-sulfate.Html, has a well-written answer. If the answer is correct, it sounds like the 2 chemicals are similar and equally good or equally bad, depending on one's view. ...Read more

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Why use sodium polystyreme sulfonate (kayexalate)?

Why use sodium polystyreme sulfonate (kayexalate)?

See below: Powder is hard to swallow as it tastes bad, and needs to be suspended in a liquid anyway kayexelate is used to decrease the pottassium level in the blood, mainly in patients with kidney disease and decreased kidney function. ...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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Who uses sodium polystyrene sulfonate powder (kayexalate) rather than the suspension?

Who uses sodium polystyrene sulfonate powder (kayexalate) rather than the suspension?

See below: Powder is hard to swallow as it tastes bad, and needs to be suspended in a liquid anyway. ...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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Is using bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) sodium in cooking harmful for pregnants?

Is using bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) sodium in cooking harmful for pregnants?

No: No, you can safely cook with bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) sodium (baking soda) while pregnant. Most commonly this is used as a leavening agent in baking, but some people might throw some into their spagetti sauce to make it less acidic. Best of luck with what you are preparing! ...Read more

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What is using a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) like?

What is using a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) like?

Holding in a large: Bollus of fluid in the rectum can be uncomfortable. However, if you have been consitpated then getting rid of excess stool will likely be a big relief. ...Read more

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