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Dr. James Ferguson
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Is it possible for you to take a stool softener while breastfeeding?

Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Is it possible for you to take a stool softener while breastfeeding?

Most harmless: You can check with your doc for specifics but most stool softeners are considered safe during lactation. ...Read more

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Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
41 years in practice
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Can i take stool softener pills if im breastfeeding?

Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
41 years in practice
145M people helped
Can i take stool softener pills if im breastfeeding?

Yes: The majority of these preparations remain within the bowel and do not enter the blood and thus not the breast milk. Use them as needed. ...Read more

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Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Stool softener with stimulant ok while breastfeeding?

Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Stool softener with stimulant ok while breastfeeding?

Yes: Neither will be absorbed into body, will pass out via your bowel movement. ...Read more

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Dr. Justin Greiwe
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
7 years in practice
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Ok for breastfeeding mother to take ducolax or miralax? Baby is 13 weeks. If not, what stool softening med is safe?

Dr. Justin Greiwe
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
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Ok for breastfeeding mother to take ducolax or miralax? Baby is 13 weeks. If not, what stool softening med is safe?

Miralax is safe: Miralax is a safe and effective stool softener for breastfeeding mothers. There is little to no systemic absorption of this medication. To help with issues of constipation also suggest increased exercise, increased hydration with water, and a balanced diet with lots of fruits, vegetables, and items high in fiber. ...Read more

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I'm 12 weeks pregnant. What is safe and effective for constipation drug or stool softener?

Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
41 years in practice
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I'm 12 weeks pregnant. What is safe and effective for constipation drug or stool softener?

Miralax/fiber: Those treatments that remain confined to the gut, like miralax, are fine during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Bowel stimulants and other meds that may enter your bloodstream should be cleared by your doc before use. ...Read more

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Dr. Arthur Rein
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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What is a safe stool softener to use on a regular basis that works good and fast?

Dr. Arthur Rein
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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What is a safe stool softener to use on a regular basis that works good and fast?

Try miralax: 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 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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Dr. Charles Cattano
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
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How long is it safe to use stool softener?

Dr. Charles Cattano
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
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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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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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How long is it safe to take a stool softener for?

Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Board Certified, Family Medicine
18 years in practice
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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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Dr. Charles Cattano
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
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How long is it safe to use a stool softener daily?

Dr. Charles Cattano
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
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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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Dr. Bennett Werner
Board Certified, Cardiology
39 years in practice
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Is genuine phillips stool softener safe to take for constipation?

Dr. Bennett Werner
Board Certified, Cardiology
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Is genuine phillips stool softener safe to take for constipation?

Yes, but: A better way to relieve constipation is to eat high fiber cereal (fiber one or all bran) everyday. ...Read more

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