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Dr said I have small anal fissure. What are the differences between fiber supplement (metamucil) and stool softener. Which one is best to use. Thanks.

Dr said I have small anal fissure. What are the differences between fiber supplement (metamucil) and stool softener. Which one is best to use. Thanks.

Both: Fiber supplement, extra water, and stool softeners all used together are the first line treatment for anal fissure. Fiber is simply indigestible fiber that adds bulk to the stool and makes it easier for the intestines to pass it along. The stool softener causes the stool to retain enough fluid to keep it from getting hard and dry and perhaps reopening the anal fissure.
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For small anal fissure. Why do I need Metamucil or stool softener which has 3g/ pill, when1cup of my favorite cooked lentils has 15.6g, 1 pear 8g fiber.?

For small anal fissure. Why do I need Metamucil or stool softener which has 3g/ pill, when1cup of my favorite cooked lentils has 15.6g, 1 pear 8g fiber.?

You don't: ...Need to add fiber if you get adequate fiber in your diet. The recommendation was made because most people do not ;, for someone that does, adding the supplement wouldn't hurt. This doesn't apply to stool softeners, like colace (docusate sodium). Whereas fiber in your diet can soften stools, it doesn't do it the same way as the medicine, ;, for healing, using both a high fiber diet ; a softener might be advised. ...Read more

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Does Metamucil help soften stools?

Does Metamucil help soften stools?

Metamucil: Helps to soften stool. Metamucil contains 100% psyllium fiber which absorbs excess liquid in the intestines. This acts as a laxative to develop softer ; bulkier stools, . ...Read more

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How long does it take for a stool softener like Metamucil to take effect?

How long does it take for a stool softener like Metamucil to take effect?

Not a stool softener: Metamucil is not a softener per se. Rather it adds bulk and can retain (adsorb to be technically correct) fluid which may 'soften' the stool indirectly. The effect is usually within 24 hours. The dose may need to be gradually increased to (a) be effective and (b) minimize gas, cramps etc. ...Read more

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I just had removal of my prostate due to cancer. I am taking a stool softener but it's been two weeks, can I take Metamucil?

I just had removal of my prostate due to cancer. I am taking a stool softener but it's been two weeks, can I take Metamucil?

Of course, but does: Not mean it will work, always trial & error dosage & strategy. Probably healthier is adding above veggies: cauliflower, broccoli, a variety of various lettuce, fresh spinach & many other good choices; add butter, etc. To improve taste/appeal to excellent. Too much of the OTC processed foods/supplements industry is not healthy. ...Read more

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Do stool softeners like Metamucil work the same way as laxatives?

Do stool softeners like Metamucil work the same way as laxatives?

Neither are laxative: 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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How long is it safe to use stool softener?

How long is it safe to use stool softener?

Change in bowels?: 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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What is a good stool softener without sodium?

What is a good stool softener without sodium?

Docusate calcium: Docusate is an excellent, gentle, easy to use stool softener. If you are trying to avoid sodium, you can take the docusate calcium instead. Be sure to drink plenty of liquids. Good luck. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How long is it safe to use a stool softener daily?

Sure, but...: Docusate (per pdr) helps moisten & soften hard, dry stools. It is not a true laxative, but facilitates natural defecation, usually within 12 to 72 hours. This is safe & available for anyone over 2, & assumes normal GI anatomy without inflammation, stenosis, extrinsic or intrinsic obstruction. Change in baseline bowel habits however warrants evaluation rather than indefinite otc treatment. ...Read more

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Will a stool softener help with an elderly person?

Will a stool softener help with an elderly person?

Sure, but...: Docusate (per pdr) helps moisten & soften hard, dry stools. It is not a true laxative, but facilitates natural defecation, usually within 12 to 72 hours. This is safe & available for anyone over 2, & assumes normal GI anatomy without inflammation, stenosis, extrinsic or intrinsic obstruction. Gi motility in the healthy elderly patient is really little different than in younger patients. ...Read more

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When should I use a laxative with a stool softener?

When should I use a laxative with a stool softener?

Efficacy: When you are still constipated on stool softeners, a laxative can be tried. A better method is to find out the cause of the constipation so you are not just treating the symptoms. ...Read more

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What's the diffrence between a laxative and a stool softener?

Good question: A stool softener causes bulk to the stools and pulls liquid from the walls of the colon to aid in making the stools earier to pass. A laxative irritates or changes the physiologic function of the bowel to cause it to increase its contractions and expel stool. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a stool softener and a laxative?

Stool softener: Softens stool and makes it easier to pass. Laxatives simulate the bowel to move and may be much more reactive and cause some pain. ...Read more

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Can I drink this twice a day n a stool softener to get relief fast?

Can I drink this twice a day n a stool softener to get relief fast?

Please rephrase: Please rephrase your question and include the symptom and the solution you are referring to. ...Read more

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Can I take a stool softener while having an active case of diverticulitis?

Can I take a stool softener while having an active case of diverticulitis?

It is usually: Suggested that diverticulitis best to a diet which contains significant residue. Since stool "softeners"usually contain artificial "bulk" I would think it would be OK. HOWEVER I would suggest you consult with you Treating Health Care Professional before taking ANY medication which might have an effect upon your bowel condition!
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I've been having big hard stools for a few months and just started taking a stool softener in pill form and it made my stools worse! What can I do?

I've been having big hard stools for a few months and just started taking a stool softener in pill form and it made my stools worse! What can I do?

Constipation: Increase your dietary fiber to 25 grams per day, drink 60 ounces of water daily, and consider taking a powdered stool softener such as Miralax (polyethylene glycol) daily.
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