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Hemorrhoids Stool Softener
Constipated for 3-4 days and have hemorrhoid. Dulcolax stool softener & preparation h cream doesn't help much. So painful when stool try to pass. Help?
May need surgery: If stool softeners don't help, the hemorrhoid could be thrombosed or clotted. The swelling can be very painful. You could possible have a fissure or tear and those are very painful as well. Other rx meds can possibly help or you may need surgery. See your doctor to determine the right course of therapy. ...Read more
Dr dx hemorrhoids today and recommended stool softener + mild laxative for 60 days. What should I look out for which would warrant another visit or should I just assume meds will work?
Went to Dr. For anal bleeding. Said I have multiple int. Hemorrhoids. Can I take stool softeners & Fiber pills together? Will it help stop bleeding?
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
Is it okay if I take a stool softener every day for about 2 weeks? I have a hemorrhoid and I'm trying to heal it & going for a checkup then
I'm being treated for internal hemorrhoids but still have hard stools. I've been taking fiber and stool softener, what else can I try?
Mural ax: I'm a huge fan of miralax, (polyethylene glycol) it's safe, cheap and very effective. Try adding a cap (17g) of this dissolved in water or juice daily, you can increase or decrease the amount to achieve stools that are the consistency of (I know it sounds gross) soft-serve ice cream ...Read more
Had banding and laser for internal hemorrhoids but been having difficulty healing cause of hard stools. I take fiber and stool softener twice a day, could the stool softener make it worse?
Soft stools: Fiber provides bulk to the stools but doesn't soften them much. Stool softener a like Colace have a mild effect. You should be taking stone fruits and their juices, consider PEG 3350 once or twice daily, milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) once or twice daily. Your doctor can help provide guidance. ...Read more
Internal hemorrhoids are swollen and make the passing of the stool difficult need to strain hard and have to use enemas to have a bm. The stool is flat but soft, I take a stool softener every evening.
Have hemorrhoid. Using cream & going back to doc in 2 weeks. I've been taking Benefiber & stool softeners daily but can't hardly pass any stool. Help?
Type of Hemorrhoid?: There are two types of hemorrhoids, internal hemorrhoids that often cause painless rectal bleeding & thrombosed external hemorrhoids that are painful, as a result of ruptured blood vessels under the skin. "Hemorrhoids" are the most common reason people see a Proctologist but the cause of the problem can be something else such as an anal fissue (split/tear of anal opening). See your Proctologist! ...Read more
I haven't had a BM in 4 days. On regular stool softeners (& lots of water) due to meds causing constipation/hemorrhoids that lasted for weeks. Should I be concerned? Terrified of going thru that again
I have been constipated for 5 days now, tried increasing water, 3 days of laxatives and stool softeners. Strained so hard have hemorrhoids, help?
Change your diet: You need to change your life style and your diet and keep your bowels regular and soft with the least use of laxative, you need to have a colonoscopy if you did not have one in the last five years, you need to eat more fruits and vegetables and eat more fibers and hydrate yourself real well, slow down on red meat and greasy food, exercise, use sitz bath and OTC medicine for hemorrhoid ...Read more
GP said I had hemorrhoid. Diet change/fiber/water, took Miralax&Colace for 2 weeks. Reduced stool softeners & pain/blood return w/BM. Continue w/meds?
Removal: If the hemorrhoids subside with the treatment you are taking, well and good, if not, you may consider getting the lesions removed. ...Read more
Today I had a rectal exam because I been having blood in my stools since yesterday but I'm not constipated, doctor said I have a small hemorrhoid N gave me stool softener and said nothing to worry about. But should I be concerned? 6 months pregnant
Hemorrhoids: Hemorrhoids are extremely common especially in pregnancy. Over the counter hemorrhoid creams are available. Prescription strength medications are available as well. The doctor who did your exam is in the best person to guide you through the treatment options for your specific hemorrhoids. ...Read more
I have external hemmaroid and have been using 50 ml of lactul the stool softener for the past 1 year on a nightly basis. Is this harmful?
I continue to struggle with hemmeroids after having my son almost 3 months ago. I take stool softeners daily but I can't seem to get regulated.?
Will stool softeners and more water help with internal hemorhoids? Also hw long does prep h suppositories take to shrink them?
Yes it is good: Anything you take to regulate your bowels and prevent you from straining is a good thing hydration is the key and I mean water and juiced not soda and beer and coffee and energy drink those will make you more dehydrated eat more fibers and fruits and exercise avoid heavy lifting that will make your hemorrhoid worst not preparation H and similar medication will help the pain and some swelling only ...Read more
I am takin Benefiber and stool softeners daily until I heal my hemorroid and go back to the doc in 2 weeks but I still have hard stool. Any advice?
Magnesium and PEG: I would try taking some drinks with magnesium, such as Calm. A lot of people are deficient in magnesium. This is why Milk of Magnesia works as a laxative. Magnesium supplements/drinks like calm help relax smooth muscles. You will also sleep better. I hope this helps you. Another over the counter is Miralax (polyethylene glycol) which is made out of Polyethylene Glycol. It will definitely work by trapping water. ...Read more
Stool Softener: Prescription oral medications like colase, dialose, docusate, dos, doxinate, fleet sof-lax, hemaspan, modane soft and surfak, as well as numerous others, may be prescribed by your doctor as safe and effective stool softeners. They do come with a few side effects, however, including stomach pains, cramping and nausea. Take these prescription stool softeners as prescribed; usually at bedtime. ...Read more
Most harmless: You can check with your doc for specifics but most stool softeners are considered safe during lactation. ...Read more
Docusate (Colace) ia a safe OTC stool softener and may be used while nursing. I have attached a Mayo Clinic Website for additional information on breastfeeding and medication use.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/healthy-living/infant-and-toddler-health/in-depth/breastfeeding-and-medications/art-20043975 ...Read more
OTC aids to stool: Stool sofeners (colace) moisten & soften hard, dry stools whereas fiber supplements (metamucil) buks stool due to both water-holding & increased bacterial mass due to fiber digestion. Both products assume 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
No: I can understand the question but stool consistency is not a factor for post-polypectomy bleeding. ...Read more
Laxatives: You can take stool softeners or laxatives if you have sinus tachycardia. ...Read more
Is it safe to take stool softener every day? I am experiencing a problem I only know as constipation.
26 yr old. Had constip. Went semi normal after fiber and stool softener. Now diahrea. Could diet change and softeners be the cause? Scared.
My daughter, 14 months is constipated despite giving her fluids. Used stool softener for a month. If I stop medication, she is constipated again.
Constipation: 3 important facts: 1 did she pass meconium or the dark sticky stool in the 1st day of life? 2 did this start when you transitioned her from formula to whole milk? 3 are you attempting potty training if the answer to all 3 is yes then this is likely transient and will pass with time. I would continue the stool softener and hold off on potty training for now. Wean the stool softener. ...Read more