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Magnesium Stool Softener
I've been constipated for about a week and a half now. I've tried Miralax, prune juice, stool softeners, magnesium citrate, lactulose, coffee and drin
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I'm 16 weeks pregnant and very constipated I've tried milk of magnesium and stool softeners nothing is helping is there any other laxative I can take?
Post op gallbladder removal, need to move poop...stool softener or magnesium citrate. Which would you suggest? It was laparoscopic if that matters
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Constipated for 4 days. Stool softener produced a few small stools. Took Philips milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide). Stimulant free. Safe? Go to ER if it doesn't work?
If I've taken three stools softener gelcaps how long do I have to wait before I can take milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide)?
Constipation relief: Milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) is a laxative, it can be taken any time with stool softener. Together, they may give a better result than either one alone. Natural remedies for constipation is more plant based diet such as salads and fruits, more fluid and physical activity such as walking after eating. Consult your doctor if these fail to work. ...Read more
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
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
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
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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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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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?
Yes, but lower dose: Docusate (doss) is safe for children and it has pediatric dosing tables; do not give a child an adult dose. I would check the medication insert or online at doss's site for this to most accurately dose for pediatrics. Otherwise, it is safe for use in children and I have given my daughter pediatric docusate before. I hope this helps! ...Read more
Docusate sodium. However the optimal dose varies from person to person. The over the counter dose is 50 mg and you may need to take it twice a day or maybe 2 tablets twice daily.
Psyllium is a natural fiber that come in powder and acts as a softener if you take it with 8 ozs of water everyday. Make sure you take it 2 hours away from your medications. ...Read more