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Dr. Gregory Moneta
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Stool Softener (Definition)

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


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Pregancy stool softner?

Pregancy  stool softner?

Over the counter : There are a few of them that are over the counter. Docusate sodium and MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) should work. Also drink a lot of water daily. Also can eat prunes or drink prune juice. ...Read more

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Stool softener= docusate sodium or docusate calcium?

Stool softener= docusate sodium or docusate calcium?

Either: Both work by causing small bowel to secrete fluid into gut. Increased fluid helps to sofeten hard stool; not a stimulant. ...Read more

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Is lactulose a stool softener or a laxative?

Is lactulose a stool softener or a laxative?

Lactulose: Lactulose is a synthetic sugar laxative used to treat constipation -- also to treat buildup of ammonia in patients with liver failure. They can become very ill and confused --even obtunded -- when these waste products build up. ...Read more

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Is docusate sodium or docusate calcium a better stool softener?

Depends: Since calcium tends to constipate, i'd tend to side with the sodium version. However, people with hypertension who are limiting their sodium intake should probably choose the calcium version. The docusate is the active component; so either version should work. Adding more fiber & fluids to your diet will help keep you regular, too. ...Read more

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Can miralax (polyethylene glycol) cause pencil thin stool?

Can miralax (polyethylene glycol) cause pencil thin stool?

Comcermnng: Miralax (polyethylene glycol) and other agents used for constipation should not cause pencil thin stools. I am concerned that you are requiring daily constipation medications. You need to see a gastroenterologist who then may proceed with a colonoscopy to make sure you have nothing in your colon that is causing the thin stool and you then need to discuss the issue of constipation. Please proceed with the GI physician ...Read more

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Can kids take doss stool softener?

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

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Do prunes soften stool?

Do prunes soften stool?

Yes: Prunes are high in fiber. Fiber acts like a sponge in the bowel. If you have diarrhea, it absorbs some of the water. If you have constipation, it attracts water into the bowel to lubricate it. The theory is the same with any high-fiber food or additive. Take plenty of fiber regularly, and be sure to drink plenty of water with it to stay regular. ...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 strong is Metamucil vs senokot (senna) laxative?

How strong is Metamucil vs senokot (senna) laxative?

Apple and orange: Metamucil is a fibre supplement and not a laxative. That is it does not have a specific bowel stimulating effect. Senokot (senna) is a bowel stimulant. It is a vegetable product and a good product to start with if constipated. ...Read more

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Is colace (docusate sodium) a laxative?

No,: it is a stool softener. It does not increase motility as a function of most laxatives. ...Read more

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Is Miralax (polyethylene glycol) a laxative or stool softener? Addicting? How long to take to heal anal fissure?

Is Miralax (polyethylene glycol) a laxative or stool softener? Addicting? How long to take to heal anal fissure?

Wetting agent: Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is primarily a wetting agent,that holds on to water as it moves through your system and softens the stool.It is not addicting,but when you wean off the material, I would do so gradually.When your stool softens, you should empty more often, so the fissure is not pressured by a larger volume. This should allow healing within a week or two, but recurrence can occur if you return to old habits ...Read more

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Metamucil and miralax (polyethylene glycol) wont help with constipation. What's next?

Metamucil and miralax (polyethylene glycol) wont help with constipation. What's next?

Fiber supplements: Require time and plenty of fluids; otherwise, they can add to the constipation problem. Are you taking any meds that might cause constipation (narcotic pain meds are notorious for constipating). Have you used laxatives for a long time? See your fp/pcp for further advice. ...Read more

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Is Ducolax stools softner safe to use everyday?

Is Ducolax stools softner safe to use everyday?

Ducolax: My preference is not to rely on supplements but to use dietary modification. That includes fiber brown rice ,oats lentils barley, kale, strawberries, avocados and fluid 2-3 liters/day alternating water with juices, gatorade,exercise ( moves bowels),relaxation.. Discuss with your doctor/ urgent care/remote physician.. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Seibert
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Senokot (Definition)

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Senna (Definition)

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