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Fast Home Remedies That Are Good For Stool Softening
Fluid, fiber, etc: Fluid intake, fruits, veggies, whole grains, flax seed (not the oil), beans and legumes, oils, activity all help to move things through. Non prescription rx can include sugarless gum (sorbitol- can cause gas), stool softeners, magnesium (careful if any kidney problems), mineral oil, polyethylene glycol (miralax)if not promptly relieved, recurrent, associated with other symptoms, etc, see md. ...Read more
Cod liver oil: Seemed to work when I was a kid... ...Read more
I've seen different types of OTC laxatives (stimulant, saline, stool softeners, etc.). Which would be best for occasional treatment of constipation?
If occasional: It doesn't matter much what you take, but it sounds like you have a number of GI issues. The best way to treat constipation is to avoid it, but taking in adequate fluid and a good amount of fiber, preferably from natural sources (like fruits/vegetables with lots of roughage). Stimulant laxatives can lead to dependency, and I generally recommend avoiding them. Occasionaf milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) is ok. ...Read more
I think my 1 year old son could benefit from stool softener. Is there a natural remedy or OTC product I can give him? Will prune juice do the trick?
Prune juice / karo: You can try some prune juice or karo syrup. You can give a tablespoon for every 4 oz of milk. Less or more depending on stool frequency. ...Read more
Acute or chronic?: I am very concerned if your constipation is relatively acute, ;/or associated with fever, nausea, vomiting, bleeding. Constipation (stooling less than every 4 days) that is chronic raises concern for partial obstruction, ileus, ischemic disease, tumors, dysmotilities, "cathartic colon", rectal dysfunction. Treatment depends on possible causes--please see your doctor for a directed work-up. ...Read more
Is it ok to take stool softener (miralax) 3 days after taking the I-131 radio active iodine treatment?
Try miralax (polyethylene glycol): The truth is that stool softeners work when used here and there. If used regularly, they loose their potency and become ineffective. For regular relief MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) is far superior. It is a white powder mixed in a liquid of choice that can be used regularly, has virtually no taste, and is not habit forming. One caveat-if you have had a change in your bowel habits, see your doctor. ...Read more
Water: Hydrate really well with water so that the stool will be moister. ...Read more
Please rephrase: Please rephrase your question and include the symptom and the solution you are referring to. ...Read more
Dr gave me stool softener from blood I keep calling my dr but I just stated it how long till it goes away sometes stool are good but when push blood?
Had a good bowel movement 3 days ago but can't pass a bowel movement now. Very constipated even though I'm taking stool softeners &drinking alot?
Fiber and Magnesium: Try adding several tablespoonfuls of psyllium husks (Konsyl) to your daily regimen. Mix and drink fast, as it will solidify in the glass otherwise. Follow with another glass of water. Do this daily. Add magnesium to your diet, as well--500-1500 mg per day. You can't overdose on magnesium, because it will give you diarrhea. Find the dose that's right for you. ...Read more
Colonoscopy early this afternoon. No pain till getting home & increasing since. Taking Percocet, fiber, & stool softener. Gas? Ok to add simethicone?
What can I do about infrequent small, hard--and incomplete-- bowel movements? I am a 66 year-old healthy woman who very rarely has a normal bowel movement. I eat a good balanced diet and take extra fiber supplements; I have tried stool softeners which onl
Mucus in Stool:
Some amount of mucus in the stool is normal;
Significant amounts of mucus and mucus accompanied by diarrhea, pain or blood may signify an intestinal condition such as infection or inflammation.
Increased amounts of mucus in the stool can also occur with cancers of the colon or rectum or with bowel obstruction.
See your Physician for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more
I Had Gastric Bypass Surgery Rny and I'm having constipation problems my surgeon told me I could use stool softener I don't know witch one is good?
DSS: A commonly used stool softener is docussate sodium, or DSS (brand name Colace). Its a gel- capsule, and it softens and lubricates your stools. Increasing soluble fiber and drinking plenty of fluid is an even better and more healthy way to soften your stools. Add at least 2 tablespoons of soluble fiber (Metamucil, Citrucel, etc.) to a glass of juice or on cereal each day is usually enough. ...Read more
I have got swelling in my anus. And I cannot even pass stool properly: ( (...Moreover I am trying to concieve too. Plz tell me some home remedy?
Good day, I have pain passing out stool some times with blood. Treatment has not resolved the issue completely. Looking for a gastroenterologist who can do a colonoscopy in their rooms. I will also like to have a prostate exam done. Thanks?
Pain/blood w/stool: Pain & blood may be from hemorrhoids, fissures, ulcerations as in ulcerative colitis, Crohns disease or polyps, mass. Go to your nearest ER for evaluation/referral t ogastroenterology. Colonoscopies in the US are done in special surgical suites or hospitals as they are done under anesthesia, you could discuss that at your local hospital ER. A urologist is best for prostate ...Read more
Safe for most kids: Docusate (per pdr) helps moisten & soften hard, dry stools. It is not true laxative, but facilitates natural defecation, usually within 12 to 72 hours. This is safe & available for children over 2, & assumes normal GI anatomy without inflammation, stenosis, extrinsic or instrinsic obstruction. Change in bowels is a "red flag", like weight loss or blood in stool, that needs evaluation if persistent. ...Read more
Sure, but...: Docusate (per pdr) helps moisten & soften hard, dry stools. It is not a true laxative, but facilitates natural defecation, usually within 12 to 72 hours. This is safe & available for anyone over 2, & assumes normal GI anatomy without inflammation, stenosis, extrinsic or intrinsic obstruction. Gi motility in the healthy elderly patient is really little different than in younger patients. ...Read more
Miralax (polyethylene glycol) works well.:
The usual dose is 17 grams (about 1 heaping tablespoon) of powder/day (or as directed by physician) in 4 to 8 ounces of water or other beverage. Each bottle has a measuring cap marked to contain 17 grams of the powder when filled to the indicated line. 1-3 days may be required to produce a bowel movement.
You are trying for soft but not loose stools with no straining. 2-3 doses/week may be enough. ...Read more