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Doctor insights on: I Am Severly Constipated Can I Take A Stool Sofner And A Laxative Together And If So Witch Would Be Best Together

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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

Dr. Eric Kaplan
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I am constipated and have slight runny stools should I take a laxative also am freezing and have a temperature

I am constipated and have slight runny stools should I take a laxative also am freezing and have a temperature

See a doctor: It is unusual to feel constipation but have "slight runny stools". In combination with feeling cold and a fever this suggests an infection inside your abdomen and should be evaluated. ...Read more

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White Mucous not much real stool. Where is the stool if not passing. Is it piling up like constipation.? Should I take laxative?

You may: Also increase your intake of fiber and water.
You may take a fiber laxative like Metamucil and drink enough water daily so that your urine is colorless. For the long term you may try to increase your intake of fiber foods. Consult this site for fiber foods.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/high-fiber-foods/art-20050948 ...Read more

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Constipated while on protonix (pantoprazole). Okay to take a stool softener/laxative?

Yes. I would recommen: D Miralax (polyethylene glycol) or for something stronger, Milk of Magnesia.Also, Increace your daily fiber with something like a bowl of Raisin Bran every morning. This will help prevent future constipation issues naturally.?? ...Read more

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I am recovering from an eating disorder what can I take when I get constipated with out it being a laxative to help pass the stool?

I am recovering from an eating disorder what can I take when I get constipated with out it being a laxative to help pass the stool?

Speak with your doc: Laxatives are dangerous for people recovering from eating disorders. Your best bet is trying to change your diet to include more natural laxatives like prunes, fruits and veggies and fiber. If that does not help your doctor may have non habit forming suggestions. ...Read more

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I took a stool softener (max 3 pills/24 hours) and waited 12 hours, can I take a laxative (1-2 pills)? the stool softener didn't relieve constipation.

I took a stool softener (max 3 pills/24 hours) and waited 12 hours, can I take a laxative (1-2 pills)? the stool softener didn't relieve constipation.

Yes: Constipation can be caused by not eating enough fiber or drinking enough liquids. Other reasons include side effects of medication, hypothyroidism, irritable bowl disease and pregnancy. For advice on treating constipation see http://bit. Ly/1uzOegm ...Read more

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Is it okay to take a laxative after being constipated from taking Imodium (loperamide)? tried Stool softeners, but that didn't work.

Is it okay to take a laxative after being constipated from taking Imodium (loperamide)? tried Stool softeners, but that didn't work.

Stool softener: The stool softener is the better choice, you have to take it consistently and can increase it if needed. You also have to drink a lot of fluid with the stool softener. ...Read more

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Brother facing acute constipation. He is advised to take laxatives & stool softeners along with increase fiber & fluids. Any med or anything he can do!

Brother facing acute constipation. He is advised to take laxatives & stool softeners along with increase fiber & fluids. Any med or anything he can do!

Constipation: Fiber, fluids, stool softeners & laxatives are good standard recommendations. Don't forget exercise - seriously! Try to avoid medications if possible b/c no such thing as free lunch eg no side effects. PEG or Miralax appears safe enough after yrs of bowel prep to be available OTC. Amitiza (lubiprostone) & Linzess are 2 new meds. Make sure to find cause: hypothyroidism, colon cancer, narcotics, anticholinergics. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take the recommended amount of stimulant and stool softening laxatives consistently to relieve constipation caused by psychotropic meds?

Is it safe to take the recommended amount of stimulant and stool softening laxatives consistently to relieve constipation caused by psychotropic meds?

Use fiber: The ideal would be to eat your fiber in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in your diet, as well as to increase your intake of water to help with constipation. Then using stool softeners daily is fine (must drink water with those). Try not to take laxatives but those that simply add fiber and bulk are ok, such as miralax, metamucil, fibercon, citrucel, etc. Also ok is amitiza, (lubiprostone) by rx. ...Read more

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I've seen different types of OTC laxatives (stimulant, saline, stool softeners, etc.). Which would be best for occasional treatment of constipation?

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

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I need to take stool softners or laxatives to have a bowel movement. What could be the reason for this? About a 2 months ago I thought I was constipated so I took a laxative. Ever since then I haven't been able to have a bowel movement without using one o

I need to take stool softners or laxatives to have a bowel movement. What could be the reason for this? About a 2 months ago I thought I was constipated so I took a laxative. Ever since then I haven't been able to have a bowel movement without using one o

Change your diet and: Fluids. Eat a high fiber diet between 20-25 grams per day, regular meal times and drink 80-100 oz of caffeine free alcohol free fluids daily. If you exercise and should add 20 oz per 30 minutes of strenuous exercise. Some meds contribute to constipation so take the meds with full glass of fluid instead of a sip in addition to the above recommended fluids. ...Read more

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Constipated. Stool the size of a cigarette. Is it safe to use a laxative such as Dulcolsx?

Constipated. Stool the size of a cigarette. Is it safe to use a laxative such as Dulcolsx?

Laxatives: It is preferable to avoid laxatives and instead increase daily fluid intake, increase your daily intake of fiber (you could also take metamucil). If you still have hard stools, take a daily stool softener like colace (docusate sodium). If still sluggish take something like senokot (has softener and gentle stimulant) daily. Reserve dulcolax only if you have no urge at all to move your bowels, but avoid daily laxatives ...Read more

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I am suffering from constipation with blood after the stool. I had used laxatives and I recovered but when I stoped, the constipation turned back!

Fiber Diet: The blood in the stools could be due to 'hemorroids/piles' due to your chronic constipation, because you constantly strain at the stools. Eat lot of fiber (fruits), if that doesn't help, evaluation by your physician is needed. Chronic laxative use is not good for the bowels as they get trained. ...Read more

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Do laxatives (used carefully of course) help with the pre-existing stool and constipation, or only provide relief for stool formed thereafter?

Do laxatives (used carefully of course) help with the pre-existing stool and constipation, or only provide relief for stool formed thereafter?

Both: More fiber-containing foods is largely preventive. Safest bulking agents, i.e. psyllium may help add water to stool & works in 12-72 hours. Lubricants/mineral oil makes the stool more slippery & works in 6-8 hrs. Hydrating agents (MOM, epsom salts) concentrate more water within stool & works in 30 min-6 hrs. Glycerin supps/lactulose take 30 min-3 hrs. Use stimulants/cascara, senna with caution. ...Read more

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Can daily constipation cleared by laxative in toddlet cause mucus in stool?

Can daily constipation cleared by laxative in toddlet cause mucus in stool?

Mucous in stool: It is normal to have some mucus in stools, but if it is very noticeable for an extended time, you need to discuss this with your toddler's pediatrician. One thing, if your toddler is constipated on a daily basis, the mucus could be due to that. Mucus in the stool can be due also to infection (due to antibiotic usage?), irritable bowel or an obstruction. See the pediatrician to be sure. ...Read more

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Have hemroids and bleeding in my stool can laxatives work for me since I'm constipated?

Constipation and: Hemorrhoid management work together. Increasing fiber--whole grain bread/cereal, fruits and veggies--generous water intake and more exercise should help regularity. OTC creams or suppositories can improve the pain/symptoms of hemorrhoids and stop the bleeding. You should only use them about a week. If bleeding persists, see doc for eval and possible rubber band ligation or injection of hemorrhoid ...Read more

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Can laxative for 2 days for constipation in toddler cause mucus in stool?

Can laxative for 2 days for constipation in toddler cause mucus in stool?

Unlikely: Laxatives typically do not cause mucus in stool. It could be from another cause. ...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.?

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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Passed out dark brown stool with light brown spots after taking laxatives. I have been having constipation for a long time. Anus pain when I sit down.

Passed out dark brown stool with light brown spots after taking laxatives. I have been having constipation for a long time. Anus pain when I sit down.

Hydration fibers: You need to keep yourself hydrated water, juices, geterade
you need to change your eating habit ear more fruits and vegetables
you need to exercise simple walking will do it does stimulate the intestines
the pain in the anus is from the pressure the hard stool create by sitting there too long
take extra fiber supplement and stool softer if you have too
do not let a day passed without BM
good luck ...Read more

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I was constipated and tried several diffrent laxatives and 3 enemas, I was able to get some hard stool out with a glove, followed by some loose stool,?

I was constipated and tried several diffrent laxatives and 3 enemas, I was able to get some hard stool out with a glove, followed by some loose stool,?

You do not: Give an age but I assume you are an adult with a chronic constipation issue. This is now being treated with SPECIFIC MEDICATION (S) and STRONGLY suggest you seek out this treatment from your Primary Healthcare Provider! In the meantime, INCREASE your FLUIDS (At LEAST 5 glasses of WATER/day!
Hope this is helpful
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Female friend, severe constipation, used suppositories oral laxative. Was able to go, had fleshy object about 7" long, appear, not a stool? Er or doc

Female friend, severe constipation, used suppositories oral laxative. Was able to go, had fleshy object about 7" long, appear, not a stool? Er or doc

Doctor: I do not see anything to cause someone to go to the doctor's office or the er. But, if you want to have a physician examine a female recovered from constipation then that is definitely not a reason to go to the er. ...Read more

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Can chronic constipation cause a false normal fecal elastase stool test level? Sample only achieved after high dose bisacodyl laxative (25mg).

Can chronic constipation cause a false normal fecal elastase stool test level? Sample only achieved after high dose bisacodyl laxative (25mg).

No: However, fecal elastase is famously neither sensitive nor specific for anything. It is helpful but only as one small part of a workup along with other indicators to determine whether to treat. ...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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I have been constipated and haven't had a bowl movement for 2 days. I tried stool softeners, laxatives, changing my diet, and drinking plenty of water?

I have been constipated and haven't had a bowl movement for 2 days. I tried stool softeners, laxatives, changing my diet, and drinking plenty of water?

Constipation: Are you eating? Are you taking narcotics for pain? Some mess like narcotics can constipated you. Try some laxative tea with senna in it to get you going. Coffee also works ...Read more

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Anal pain, stool leakage after defecation &severe constipation that doesn't respond to anything even laxatives. Dr said no piles or fissure. Plz help me?

Anal pain, stool leakage after defecation &severe constipation that doesn't respond to anything even laxatives. Dr said no piles or fissure. Plz help me?

Intestinal Disorder: Without much history, it is hard to pin it down. Prior illness? How long? Mucus? Blood in stool? Fever? Abdominal pain? If symptoms like this have been going on for more then a week, consult a Gastroenterologist! ...Read more

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