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Stool Softener (Definition)

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I have constipation predominate IBS and struggle everyday with constipation. Would it be safe to take a stool softener every day? Other options?

I have constipation predominate IBS and struggle everyday with constipation. Would it be safe to take a stool softener every day? Other options?

Constipation: Stool softeners every day is not a problem. A better treatment would be drinking more water and eating fruits and vegetables. Beware of bananas--they can make constipation worse.

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Can I take stool softeners every day? I don't want to get constipated, take a stool softener, & then have to wait a long time.

Can I take stool softeners every day? I don't want to get constipated, take a stool softener, & then have to wait a long time.

Stool softener: You can take colace (docusate sodium) daily without problem. It keeps the stool soft. Dulcolax is not safe to use daily. Increase fluid and increase fiber and vegetables will keep you stools softer.

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I am taking stool softener, (docusate sodium) 2 a day it is really helping me. Is it safe to take it for a long time, or there is alternatives?

Constipation: Long term laxatives are not great for the bowels. If possible add magnesium 250mg once per day to your routine and that may help increase absorption into the gut and help you taper off the laxatives. Also don't forget to drink a lot of water to soften the bowels and fiber to keep things moving.

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Is it okay to take a stool softener every day?

Is it okay to take a stool softener every day?

No: It is not a good idea to use them in the long run. In the short-term, for a few weeks or less, if necessary, they should be tolerated very well. Good luck.

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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.

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How long is it safe to take a stool softener for?

How long is it safe to take a stool softener for?

Long time: Stool softeners can be taken safely for a long period of time, however, this should not lull you to believe that your problem may be a benign one. There are different causes of constipation and you may need to either describe your problem in greater detail or see your doctor to figure out why you are constipated.

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I was recently diagnosed with gastritis, is it safe to take a stool softener?

I was recently diagnosed with gastritis, is it safe to take a stool softener?

Stool softner: Hi ~ YES but choose one that is psyllium based like Metamucil and adjust dose to needs. Too much will give you cramps and diarrea. Thanks

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I had RNY 2 years ago. Because of my diet, constipation is an ongoing issue. Is it safe to take one or two stool softeners daily?

I had RNY 2 years ago. Because of my diet, constipation is an ongoing issue. Is it safe to take one or two stool softeners daily?

Constipation: I am not familiar with RNY. Constipation is best treated with good fluid intake, sufficient fiber in your diet and there is no harm in taking stool softeners twice a day. The goal is to avoid a laxative habit, however. If really necessary taking one senokot a day may help as it combines a stool softener with a gentle bowel stimulant (senna). If you have the urge and can't move, use glycerin supposi

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I'm taking plavix (clopidogrel). What laxative or stool softener is safe to take with it?

I'm taking plavix (clopidogrel). What laxative or stool softener is safe to take with it?

Any one: Plavix (clopidogrel) is used to thin the blood. Tou should avoid things that increase your risk of bleeding. Any stool softener a or laxative is okay to use.

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Is there a problem with taking stool softeners every day for an extended period?

Is there a problem with taking stool softeners every day for an extended period?

Stool softeners: Most stool softeners such as colace (docusate sodium) are safe in chronic usage. It is important to remember that you should drink plenty of fluids while using stool softeners.

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Is it okay to take stool softeners dayly, long-term?

Is it okay to take stool softeners dayly, long-term?

Yes: See previous answer regarding softeners like docusate (colace) which are safe to use on a daily basis for hard stools. Don't use daily laxatives though.

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Is it safe to use stool softeners often if I go a day without moving bowels?

Yes: As long as you are using only stool softeners (docusate) and not laxatives, you are safe using them every day, especially if stool is hard.

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When is the best time of day to take a stool softener like Colace (docusate sodium).

When is the best time of day to take a stool softener like Colace (docusate sodium).

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.

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Are Colace (docusate sodium) Clear stool softeners safe to use daily? I've been taking 1 a day for a few days now

Yes, but...: It is perfectly OK to use Colace (docusate sodium) on a daily basis, but for no longer than a week. If you continue to have constipation beyond that time, then Colace (docusate sodium) is not the proper medication to be using. You should consult with your doctor about a plan for the long-term. In the meantime, adding in extra fiber to your diet and perhaps taking a fiber supplement such as Metamucil maybe useful. Good luck.

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Is it normal to not have a bowel movement for an entire day after taking 2 Immodium the night before? Should I take a stool softener just in case?

Is it normal to not have a bowel movement for an entire day after taking 2 Immodium the night before? Should I take a stool softener just in case?

Med SE: Yes that would not be unusual. I am assuming that you took Imodium (loperamide) fir diarrhea. This does slow the bowels down. If this is an ongoing issue consider probiotics to help balance GI flora and using or getting enough fiber.

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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.

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