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Is A Laxative The Same As A Stool Softener
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
Yes but: Quite a few over the counter (otc) preps contain both elements. As with most otc medications, temporary use to relieve symptoms are usually fine. Habitual or prolonged use is unwise as you maybe masking something more serious. Don't wait till it becomes a serious problem. ...Read more
Softener vs laxative: There are many different ways to deal w/constipation, starting 1st w/fiber, fluids & exercise. Failing that, stool softeners do exactly that - soften stool, typically by increasing water content. Laxatives OTOH irritate bowel into having a bowel movement. Check out http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/constipation/in-depth/laxatives/art-20045906 ...Read more
Most commonly: People use it two or three times a day. And really it's about convenience and remember to take it, if necessary. Consider taking it around a regular daily habit you may have. For most that means around a morning or evening routine and others both times. ...Read more
Mom (72) is taking Miralax (polyethylene glycol) for constipation. Her stool is now easily eliminated but is floating. Is the floating a result of the Miralax (polyethylene glycol)?
No: Floating stool is usually related to the fat content of the eliminated stool. ...Read more
I took a whole bottle of stool softner by mistake will i be ok? the brand is Miralax (polyethylene glycol)
Is there a difference what kind of bowel prep is done for a colonoscopy as long as the end result is the same?
Ask the provider: Each provider may have their own prep. Here is a link that may answer more of your questions. http://www.radiologyinfo.org/en/info.cfm?pg=lowergi ...Read more
Can a person contract anal stenosis as a possible side effect of the over use (3-5 weeks) of docusate sodium, 250 mg, a stool softener?
Highly unlikely: Would not make sense and highly unlikely. ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Any alternative for active medication in miralax (polyethylene glycol) that is not in powder form. Is it save to take laxatives with possible bowel obstruction/ impaction?
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