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Which is best? Miralax (polyethylene glycol) or ducolax stool softener. Constipated. May have diverticulitis. Will have CT friday. Took miralax (polyethylene glycol) 2 days then ducolax last nite

Which is best? Miralax (polyethylene glycol) or ducolax stool softener. Constipated. May have diverticulitis. Will have CT friday. Took miralax (polyethylene glycol) 2 days then ducolax last nite

Different mechanisms: They have different mechanisms of action. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is an osmotic laxative (draws water out). Dulcolax is a stimulating laxative and for best effect take tablet with full glass water on empty stomach. Severe ab pain or fever then urgently see a doctor. You may benefit from an online consultation to best determine symptomatic care for constipation and advise next steps. ...Read more

Dr. Eric Kaplan
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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!
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What are stool softeners?

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What are stool softeners?

Constipation: Stool softeners are drugs used to do exactly what they are called: soften stool so that it's easier to have a bowel movement w/o straining. In theory, they should do nothing to your bowel as opposed to laxatives which can draw water from your bowel to keep stool soft or irritate your bowel to move stool along. While it's ok to take stool softeners regularly, try to avoid chronic stimulant laxative. ...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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How effective are stool softeners?

How effective are stool softeners?

Depends...: Stool softeners come in many forms (fiber, chemical and 'natural'), all trying to increase the water content of your stools, as opposed to laxatives that stimulate the bowels to go by various actions, some of which may be quite uncomfortable. Beware of the so-called 'natural' softeners, unregulated by the dea, many of which contain harmful laxatives that can damage your colon cells, worsening it. ...Read more

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Can I buy stool softeners for kids?

Can I buy stool softeners for kids?

Safe for most kids: 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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What does stool softener actually do?

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?

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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How long till stool softener works usually?

How long till stool softener works usually?

Usually within1-3 d: Depends on dose and type; usually works within 1-3 days. Check other factors including diet, activity, other meds, other health issues. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take a stool softener every day?

Is it okay to take a stool softener every day?

No: It is not a good idea to use them in the long run. In the short-term, for a few weeks or less, if necessary, they should be tolerated very well. Good luck. ...Read more

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How long does it take for stool softeners to work?

How long does it take for stool softeners to work?

12 to 72 hours: 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 works best for occasional constipation, & assumes normal GI anatomy without inflammation, stenosis, extrinsic or instrinsic obstruction. Change in bowels is considered a "red flag", like weight loss or blood in stool, that if persists see doc. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take stool softeners dayly, long-term?

Is it okay to take stool softeners dayly, long-term?

Yes: See previous answer regarding softeners like docusate (colace) which are safe to use on a daily basis for hard stools. Don't use daily laxatives though. ...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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Can I take a stool softener during a gallbladdere attack?

Yes: There is probably no problem to take a stool softener during a gallbladder attack, but make sure that your doctor knows what is going on. ...Read more

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How many days in a row of stool softeners do I take before bm?

How many days in a row of stool softeners do I take before bm?

Usually 2 to 3 days: 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 works best for occasional constipation, & assumes normal GI anatomy without inflammation, stenosis, extrinsic or instrinsic obstruction. Change in bowels is considered a "red flag", like weight loss or blood in stool, that if persists see doc. ...Read more

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How much time does it usually take for stool softeners to work?

How much time does it usually take for stool softeners to work?

12 to 72 hours: 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 works best for occasional constipation, & assumes normal GI anatomy without inflammation, stenosis, extrinsic or instrinsic obstruction. Change in bowels is considered a "red flag", like weight loss or blood in stool, that needs evaluation. ...Read more

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Are stool softeners bad for you? Can they be taken regularly?

Are stool softeners bad for you? Can they be taken regularly?

No and yes: Most stool softners are extracts of vegitable fiber. They are not laxatives which can damage your bowells if you take them reguarly. However taking stool softners does not mean that you do not hae to eat your fruits and veggies. ...Read more

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How long can you use stool softener after the date on the bottle?

How long can you use stool softener after the date on the bottle?

Expiration dates: It is best to honor the expiration dates of medications to ensure safety and efficacy. If you have to use any over the counter medication for more than a short period of time, you should discuss this with your doctor to make sure it's the right treatment for you. ...Read more

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What is a safe stool softener to use on a regular basis that works good and fast?

What is a safe stool softener to use on a regular basis that works good and fast?

Try miralax (polyethylene glycol): 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 (polyethylene glycol) 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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I haven't had a bm in 2 weeks because of medicine. I started taking a stool softener a few days ago. How long should it take to work? I've taken 3

I haven't had a bm in 2 weeks because of medicine. I started taking a stool softener a few days ago. How long should it take to work? I've taken 3

Constipation: Medication-induced constipation can be difficult to deal with. It is unlikely that a stool softener will make you pass a bowel movement. You would be better off with a laxative of some sort. You might consider trying magnesium citrate or MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) on a one-time basis. Depending on what medication is causing your constipation, there might be prescription alternatives also. See your doctor. Good luck. ...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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