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I had a stool softening suppository placed in my vagina by accident. Will it cause harm? I am having some bleeding. I've had a hysterectomy.

I had a stool softening suppository placed in my vagina by accident.  Will it cause harm? I am having some bleeding. I've had a hysterectomy.

Not harmful: It is not harmful to have the suppository in the vagina. I you have had an hysterectomy and are bleeding from the vagina this should be evaluated by a gynecologist. They need to determine the source of the bleeding. ...Read more

Suppository (Definition)

A suppository is a drug delivery system that is inserted into the rectum (rectal suppository), vagina (vaginal suppository) or urethra (urethral suppository), where it dissolves or melts. They are used to deliver both systemically-acting and locally-acting medications. The alternative term for delivery of medicine via such ...Read more


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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

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I have been unable to have a bowel movement in a week. I've tried laxatives, stool softeners, prunes, enemas, and suppositories. I have always had irregular bowel movements. Im in severe pain!

I have been unable to have a bowel movement in a week. I've tried laxatives, stool softeners, prunes, enemas, and suppositories. I have always had irregular bowel movements. Im in severe pain!

If : If you have tried all of the above mentioned and you are still in severe pain you need to seek medical care. You may need a manual fecal disimpaction or a more effective enema. Also a cause of your constipation needs to be investigated and treated. Take care. ...Read more

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I have a hard poop that I can't get out, it's too big to come thru and painful what should I do? I've tried dorcolax suppositories and stool softener. I'm 3 weeks postpartum today.

I have a hard poop that I can't get out, it's too big to come thru and painful what should I do? I've tried dorcolax suppositories and stool softener. I'm 3 weeks postpartum today.

Impacted...: If you have a big, hard, stool that won't pass out of your body, you are "impacted". Treatment for the condition starts with manual removal of the impacted stool. This involves inserting a finger into the rectum to break-up the impacted stool and remove it piece by piece. You might want to try a mineral oil enema first. It will soften the stool so that you might be able to pass it. ...Read more

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I am not emptying my bowels I don't even have an urge to poo most of the time I'm using suppositories and stool softeners?

I am not emptying my bowels I don't even have an urge to poo most of the time I'm using suppositories and stool softeners?

Sluggish: For chronic constipation with very little urge to have bm's you must have good fluid intake daily and a diet high in fiber. In addition you could take a daily dose of a supplement like metamucil. If this isn't effective enough, take a gentle bowel stimulant like senokot (senna) once or twice a day. Prescription medicine, under the direction of a gastroenterologist is also available for extreme chronic con ...Read more

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Will stool softeners and more water help with internal hemorhoids? Also hw long does prep h suppositories take to shrink them?

Will stool softeners and more water help with internal hemorhoids? Also hw long does prep h suppositories take to shrink them?

Yes it is good : Anything you take to regulate your bowels and prevent you from straining is a good thing hydration is the key and I mean water and juiced not soda and beer and coffee and energy drink those will make you more dehydrated eat more fibers and fruits and exercise avoid heavy lifting that will make your hemorrhoid worst not preparation H and similar medication will help the pain and some swelling only ...Read more

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I took 2 exlax Wednesday night. Had slight bm on Thursday afternoon. Took 3 stool softeners Thursday night. Nothing. Used a suppository this afternoon. Little more bm. Still fill bloated and belly hurts. Now what? Type 2 diabetic. Several meds. Bydureon.

I took 2 exlax Wednesday night. Had slight bm on Thursday afternoon. Took 3 stool softeners Thursday night. Nothing. Used a suppository this afternoon. Little more bm. Still fill bloated and belly hurts. Now what?  Type 2 diabetic. Several meds. Bydureon.

You need to: "correct" your colonic situation FROM ABOVE! Start increasing your FLUID INTAKE! Start eating FOODS WITH BULKING PROPERTIES..RICE CEREALS/BANANAS Metamucil if you cannot tolerate the above. SPEAK WITH YOUR PCP since it must be determined that increasing bulk is safe (no obstructions etc) Finally if this repeats SEE a GI specialist you may have a form of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) Good Luck .Z ...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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What is a good stool softener without sodium?

What is a good stool softener without sodium?

Docusate calcium: Docusate is an excellent, gentle, easy to use stool softener. If you are trying to avoid sodium, you can take the docusate calcium instead. Be sure to drink plenty of liquids. Good luck. ...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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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

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Will a stool softener help with an elderly person?

Will a stool softener help with an elderly person?

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. Gi motility in the healthy elderly patient is really little different than in younger patients. ...Read more

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When should I use a laxative with a stool softener?

When should I use a laxative with a stool softener?

Efficacy: When you are still constipated on stool softeners, a laxative can be tried. A better method is to find out the cause of the constipation so you are not just treating the symptoms. ...Read more

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What's the diffrence between a laxative and a stool softener?

Good question: A stool softener causes bulk to the stools and pulls liquid from the walls of the colon to aid in making the stools earier to pass. A laxative irritates or changes the physiologic function of the bowel to cause it to increase its contractions and expel stool. ...Read more

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Whats the difference between a stool softener and a laxative?

Stool softener: Softens stool and makes it easier to pass. Laxatives simulate the bowel to move and may be much more reactive and cause some pain. ...Read more

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Can i drink this twice a day n a stool softener to get relief fast?

Can i drink this twice a day n a stool softener to get relief fast?

Please rephrase: Please rephrase your question and include the symptom and the solution you are referring to. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a stool softener like Metamucil to take effect?

Not a stool softener: Metamucil is not a softener per se. Rather it adds bulk and can retain (adsorb to be technically correct) fluid which may 'soften' the stool indirectly. The effect is usually within 24 hours. The dose may need to be gradually increased to (a) be effective and (b) minimize gas, cramps etc. ...Read more

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Can I take a stool softener while having an active case of diverticulitis?

Can I take a stool softener while having an active case of diverticulitis?

It is usually: suggested that diverticulitis best to a diet which contains significant residue . Since stool "softeners"usually contain artificial "bulk" I would think it would be OK. HOWEVER I would suggest you consult with you Treating Health Care Professional before taking ANY medication which might have an effect upon your bowel condition! Hope this helps Dr Z ...Read more

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I've been having big hard stools for a few months and just started taking a stool softener in pill form and it made my stools worse! What can I do?

I've been having big hard stools for a few months and just started taking a stool softener in pill form and it made my stools worse! What can I do?

Constipation: Increase your dietary fiber to 25 grams per day, drink 60 ounces of water daily, and consider taking a powdered stool softener such as Miralax (polyethylene glycol) daily. Pill form stool softeners still require you drink a significant amount of water to be effective. ...Read more

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