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Dr. Ana Adelstein
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Stool Softener (Definition)

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Can miralax (polyethylene glycol) cause pencil thin stool?

Can miralax (polyethylene glycol) cause pencil thin stool?

Comcermnng: Miralax (polyethylene glycol) and other agents used for constipation should not cause pencil thin stools. I am concerned that you are requiring daily constipation medications. You need to see a gastroenterologist who then may proceed with a colonoscopy to make sure you have nothing in your colon that is causing the thin stool and you then need to discuss the issue of constipation. Please proceed with the GI physician ...Read more

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Can miralax (polyethylene glycol) change caliber of stool? Am being treated for constipation. Before miralax (polyethylene glycol) calibur was normal - with miralax (polyethylene glycol) stools are slow and thin.

Can miralax (polyethylene glycol) change caliber of stool? Am being treated for constipation. Before miralax (polyethylene glycol) calibur was normal - with miralax (polyethylene glycol) stools are slow and thin.

Oh my...: Before you contemplate long term laxative use, 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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Which is best? Miralax (polyethylene glycol) or ducolax stool softener.Constipated. May have diverticulitis. will have CT friday. Took miralax (polyethylene glycol) 2 days then ducolax last nite

Which is best? Miralax (polyethylene glycol) or ducolax stool softener.Constipated. May have diverticulitis. will have CT friday. Took miralax (polyethylene glycol) 2 days then ducolax last nite

Different mechanisms: They have different mechanisms of action. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is an osmotic laxative (draws water out). Dulcolax is a stimulating laxative and for best effect take tablet with full glass water on empty stomach. Severe ab pain or fever then urgently see a doctor. You may benefit from an online consultation to best determine symptomatic care for constipation and advise next steps. ...Read more

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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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Can stool softeners give me diarrhea?

Can stool softeners give me diarrhea?

Yes: Excess intake of stool softeners can give you diarrhea. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) can cause diarrhea, senna can, lactulose can, even mineral oil in overdose can cause diarrhea. Use the recommended amount. ...Read more

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Bleeding in rectal, exam shows blood in stool & hemorrhoids, have loose stool, rare for solids. Can I use miralax (polyethylene glycol) safely to help loosen impacted stool?

Bleeding in rectal, exam shows blood in stool & hemorrhoids, have loose stool, rare for solids. Can I use miralax (polyethylene glycol) safely to help loosen impacted stool?

Yes you can: Use a dose (17 gm packets) daily, but also recommend you start taking supplemental fiber (like metamucil or equivalent) along with. This will help you be more regular naturally. Once you feel you have "cleaned out" somewhat - stop the MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) but continue the fiber on a daily basis. Also try warm soaks on your hemorrhoids, and topical creams with steroid (hc) may help, too. ...Read more

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Acute constipation. Hard to pass stool. Took miralax (polyethylene glycol) 3x since yesterday, only passed a few pebbles. Abdom and rectal pain. Colon cancer in family.Help?

Acute constipation. Hard to pass stool. Took miralax (polyethylene glycol) 3x since yesterday, only passed a few pebbles. Abdom and rectal pain. Colon cancer in family.Help?

Constipation: First, constipation by itself is not a specific sign of colon cancer & colon cancer is very unlikely at age 21. Drink more water. Eat much less solid food until the constipation resolves. Can try suppository or enema too. Try stronger laxative like magnesium citrate. Avoid this problem by eating right, avoid junk food & excess alcohol, eat more fruits & vegetables, add metamucil. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Constapation because of imodium (loperamide) and IBS, which on is better - stool softener or laxative?

Constapation because of imodium (loperamide) and IBS, which on is better - stool softener or laxative?

Constipation: If you know that you're constipated b/c Imodium, (loperamide) then stop taking it rather than taking another drug. For more info on how to deal w/IBS, check out http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/irritable-bowel-syndrome/basics/definition/con-20024578 ...Read more

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I've tried exlax and Dulcolax and still no bowel movement, enema next?

I've tried exlax and Dulcolax and still no bowel movement, enema next?

Maybe: Dulcolax is stimulant laxative. Sometimes osmotic laxatives, like lactulose work better. Another treatment is citroma. If you symptoms do not improve see a doctor. ...Read more

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Is Miralax (polyethylene glycol) a laxative or stool softener? Addicting? How long to take to heal anal fissure?

Is Miralax (polyethylene glycol) a laxative or stool softener? Addicting? How long to take to heal anal fissure?

Wetting agent: Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is primarily a wetting agent,that holds on to water as it moves through your system and softens the stool.It is not addicting,but when you wean off the material, I would do so gradually.When your stool softens, you should empty more often, so the fissure is not pressured by a larger volume. This should allow healing within a week or two, but recurrence can occur if you return to old habits ...Read more

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Bloated & constipated. Haven't had a complete bowel movement in over 5 days. Took 2 Colace & 1 suppository. Only partial movements. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) safe?

Bloated & constipated. Haven't had a complete bowel movement in over 5 days. Took 2 Colace & 1 suppository. Only partial movements. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) safe?

Constipation: If you have a strong urge to have a bm but can't, work from below with a dulcolax rectal suppository or fleets enema or a gentle tap water enema. In stubborn cases manual disimpaction is required. If you don't have an urge to move your bowels and are not having severe cramps, then miralax (polyethylene glycol) or other laxatives can be used. ...Read more

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My mother suffers from constipation. She can 't defecate w/o a laxative. She tried fiber, mucilax, and stool softeners but to no avail.?

See below.: Needs evaluation by her primary care doc to make sure there is no underlying anatomic or physiologic defect. The whole key to constipation is prevention and consistency. Not, as i often see, a continual juggling of meds with last minute enemas for relief. She may require a daily combination of several agents at small or moderate dose in order to stay regular and comfortable. ...Read more

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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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Metamucil and miralax (polyethylene glycol) wont help with constipation. What's next?

Metamucil and miralax (polyethylene glycol) wont help with constipation. What's next?

Fiber supplements: Require time and plenty of fluids; otherwise, they can add to the constipation problem. Are you taking any meds that might cause constipation (narcotic pain meds are notorious for constipating). Have you used laxatives for a long time? See your fp/pcp for further advice. ...Read more

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Bloating and gas from stool softener?

Bloating and gas from stool softener?

Possible: There are certainly some stool softeners that have high levels of certain chemicals that when in your GI tact can certainly cause the symptoms you describe. There are many other options for you - talk to your doctor about which ones would be right for you so that you don't get a nickname such as toot! ...Read more

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