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I have tried senna tablets nightly, also stool softeners, some suppositories. Must strain and push hard and; bowel movements are hard little balls, ?

I have tried senna tablets nightly, also stool softeners, some suppositories.  Must strain and push hard and; bowel movements are hard little balls, ?

Eat more fiber: Adequate fiber (25-36g/d), plenty of fluid & regular physical activity are important for regular bowel function. Osmotic laxatives are also available over-the-counter - just ask your pharmacist. If you haven't had a colonoscopy in over 10 years, it's time. Definitely go see your family doc if you've noted any unintentional weight loss or change in appearance of your stool. ...Read more

Stool Softener (Definition)

Stool softeners are medications that relieve constipation ...Read more


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How long till stool softener or stimulant works?

How long till stool softener or stimulant works?

Minimize stimulants: Docusate (per pdr) helps moisten & soften hard, dry stools. It is not true laxative, but facilitates natural defecation, usually within 12 to 72 hours. This is safe & available for children over 2, & assumes 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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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've been constipated for two days, will a stool softener help?

I've been constipated for two days, will a stool softener help?

Maybe,maybe not: Stool softeners generally take 3-4 days to work down into the large intestines and help with constipation. Increasing fluid consumption and trying scheduled emptying can help move things along. A rectal stimulant like a ducolax suppository can aid immediate need. ...Read more

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I tried using an enema just after a stool softener. Is that bad?

I tried using an enema just after a stool softener. Is that bad?

Start simple, but...: First optimize fiber ; h2o intake. Next, docusate 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 instrinsic obstruction. But change in bowels is a "red flag" that needs evaluation if persists. ...Read more

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Which juices and foods can you use as a stool softener/laxative?

Which juices and foods can you use as a stool softener/laxative?

Constipation: Pure fruit juices especially prunes, pears, peaches, etc are good stool softeners. Foods rich in fiber include whole grain cereals with added bran, fruits eaten with their skin, vegetables like cooked beans, lentil, etc. And tree nuts. Increased water intake will fulfill the purpose. ...Read more

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Does a stool softener make me go to the bathroom like a laxative?

Does a stool softener make me go to the bathroom like a laxative?

It is a laxative.: Stool softeners are a type of laxative. There are seven classes of laxatives: bulk forming - fiber. Osmotic- magnesium salts, peg. Stimulant - bisacodyl, castor oil, prunes, senna. Stool softeners- doss. Lubricants- mineral oil. Serotonin agonists. Chloride channel agents- lubiprostone. Usually the best treatment for constipation is a variety of agents in low dose. ...Read more

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Is genuine phillips stool softener pretty good to take for constipation?

Is genuine phillips stool softener pretty good 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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Is Natural Calm a stimulant or stool softener? Will body become dependent?

Is Natural Calm a stimulant or stool softener? Will body become dependent?

Natural Calm,: it appears, is a magnesium supplement--magnesium citrate. A different form of magnesium--magmesium sulfate--is definitely a laxative. Magnesium citrate is promoted as a "stress easer" improving fatigue, low energy, insomnia, muscle tension, spasms, cramps and maybe constipation. As with all supplements, ideal is to get minerals from food. Don't take too much: recommended daily intake is 320-420 mg ...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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What does stool softener actually do?

Helps moisten stool: They cause stool to retain more water and thus be softer in consistency. ...Read more

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What is the best stool softener to take?

What is the best stool softener to take?

Docusate: 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

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What is the best type of stool softener?

Mineral oil: Over the counter mineral oil is better than stool softener in capsules. About a tablespoon or less at bedtime according to benefit. ...Read more

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Well i want to take stool softener because of my weight?

Well i want to take stool softener because of my weight?

Bad idea: Softer stool will do nothing to increase the rate of fat loss from the body. A healthy diet and exercise that creates a modest calorie deficit is a far more effective way to reduce fat. ...Read more

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