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

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

Dr. Gregory Moneta
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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 ...Read more

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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

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. ...Read more

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What is a safe stool softener to use on a regular basis that works good and fast?

What is a safe stool softener to use on a regular basis that works good and fast?

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

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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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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. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use a stool softener and a laxative together?

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

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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 ...Read more

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Is it safe to take stool softener every day? I am experiencing a problem I only know as constipation.

Is it safe to take stool softener every day? I am experiencing a problem I only know as constipation.

Back up plan: Would keep the stool softener as a back up plan. Good hydration, a diet with lots of fruits and vegetables and physical exercise are usually enough to prevent constipation. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How many mg of stool softener should you take daily while on pain meds to reduce constipation? I'm post op for hemmoroidectomy.

How many mg of stool softener should you take daily while on pain meds to reduce constipation? I'm post op for hemmoroidectomy.

Stool Softener: With opiate pain medications, a stimulant laxative should be used along with a stool softener. A stool softener alone is not often sufficient with opiate pain medications. I would recommend 200 - 400 mg of a stool softener daily along with a stimulant laxative such as senna. ...Read more

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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?

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. ...Read more

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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?

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. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use stool softeners regularly?

Yes: It is common to use colace (docusate sodium) or docusate long term, especially when taking narcotics. ...Read more

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I continue to struggle with hemmeroids after having my son almost 3 months ago. I take stool softeners daily but I can't seem to get regulated. ?

I continue to struggle with hemmeroids after having my son almost 3 months ago. I take stool softeners daily but I can't seem to get regulated. ?

Be seen: It sounds like you need to keep the stool softeners going, but if you continue have problems, you need to be seen. You may need to have surgery if medications and stool softeners work. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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I am takin Benefiber and stool softeners daily until I heal my hemorroid and go back to the doc in 2 weeks but I still have hard stool.Any advice?

I am takin Benefiber and stool softeners daily until I heal my hemorroid and go back to the doc in 2 weeks but I still have hard stool.Any advice?

Magnesium and PEG: I would try taking some drinks with magnesium, such as Calm. A lot of people are deficient in magnesium. This is why Milk of Magnesia works as a laxative. Magnesium supplements/drinks like calm help relax smooth muscles. You will also sleep better. I hope this helps you. Another over the counter is Miralax (polyethylene glycol) which is made out of Polyethylene Glycol. It will definitely work by trapping water. ...Read more

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