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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?

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. Eric Kaplan
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Hemorrhoids (Definition)

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What is the best stool softener for hemorrhoids please provide as much info as possible?

What is the best stool softener for hemorrhoids please provide as much info as possible?

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

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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

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

Stool softener: Yes, it should be fine until you see a specialist for your condition. You may also eat a high fiber diet, drink more fluids, eat more fruits and vegetables to help with your symptoms as well. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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

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I have been constipated for 5 days now, tried increasing water, 3 days of laxatives and stool softeners. Strained so hard have hemorrhoids, help?

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

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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

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

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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.?

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.?

Be seen: It sounds like you need to keep the stool softeners going, but if you continue have problems, you need to be seen. You may need to have surgery if medications and stool softeners work. ...Read more

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Will stool softeners and more water help with internal hemorhoids? Also hw long does prep h suppositories take to shrink them?

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

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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

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Can I take stool softener pills if im breastfeeding?

Can I take stool softener pills if im breastfeeding?

Yes: The majority of these preparations remain within the bowel and do not enter the blood and thus not the breast milk. Use them as needed. ...Read more

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What is the gentlest stool softener for someone with an ulcer?

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

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Is it possible for you to take a stool softener while breastfeeding?

Most harmless: You can check with your doc for specifics but most stool softeners are considered safe during lactation. ...Read more

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What is the best over-the-counter stool softener for nursing mothers?

What is the best over-the-counter stool softener for nursing mothers?

Docusate: 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

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How can stool softener make you need to poop more often or just more?

How can stool softener make you need to poop more often or just 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

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Will taking a stool softener help me from not bleeding post polyp removal?

Will taking a stool softener help me from not bleeding post polyp removal?

No: I can understand the question but stool consistency is not a factor for post-polypectomy bleeding. ...Read more

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I took a stool softener for two days and still am constipated. Can I take a laxative as well?

I took a stool softener for two days and still am constipated. Can I take a laxative as well?

Yes: Do not forget hydration and exercise, such as a brisk half an hour walk or sit-ups. A stimulant laxative such as Senna may help. If no response, a Dulcolax suppository should be in place. Hope it helps. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take stool softener every day? I am experiencing a problem I only know as constipation.

Is it safe to take stool softener every day? I am experiencing a problem I only know as constipation.

Back up plan: Would keep the stool softener as a back up plan. Good hydration, a diet with lots of fruits and vegetables and physical exercise are usually enough to prevent constipation. ...Read more

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26 yr old. Had constip. Went semi normal after fiber and stool softener. Now diahrea. Could diet change and softeners be the cause? Scared.

26 yr old. Had constip. Went semi normal after fiber and stool softener. Now diahrea. Could diet change and softeners be the cause? Scared.

Sure: Too much of a good thing. First cut out stool softener. Balance and consistency of input will help consistency of output. Ongoing symptoms? See doc to exclude other issues. ...Read more

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My daughter, 14 months is constipated despite giving her fluids. Used stool softener for a month. If I stop medication, she is constipated again.

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

Dr. Katharine Cox
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