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Stool Softener Not Working
I have stumic pain that leads to diarrah my stool softeners are not working .Do i need to drink more water or stay away from soda please help ?
You need: Dietary advice big time. Try to get rid of "junk" and eat "god made" food. ...Read more
I am 10 weeks pregnant...is it ok to take magnesium citrate to treat constipation? stool softeners aren't working.
No Magnesium Citrate: Hello Shawn Please don't take magnesium citrate to treat constipation. Magnesium citrate is a class C drug regarding pregnancy, which means a "Risk not ruled out", and that "animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus" I would suggest fiber supplementation (eg fiber one cereal), increased water intake, and gentle exercise along with stool softeners like sodium docusate. ...Read more
Is it bad to have life stool softeners 3 nights in a row? Cause it's not working so ive been taking them the last 2 nights and prob will tonight.
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: 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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