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Doctor insights on: Stool Softeners Vs Laxatives

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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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Will stool softeners work the same way as laxatives?

Will stool softeners work the same way as laxatives?

Stool softeners: Will help to bring more fluid into the stool to help them pass easier. They may take several days to start to work. Laxatives usually stimulate the bowels to move faster and push the stool through the system. They may cause cramps and should not be taken on a regular basis. Stool softeners can be taken daily along with fiber and good fluid intake to maintain good regularity. ...Read more

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

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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What's 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 take stool softeners while I'm taking a laxative and how long should I wait to take a second dose of the laxative?

Can I take stool softeners while I'm taking a laxative and how long should I wait to take a second dose of the laxative?

Stool softeners: Occasional constipation can be managed at home with stool softeners, such as docusate and polyethylene glycol 3350. A stimulant laxative, such as senna or bisacodyl, can be added if the stool softener alone is not effective, but should not be taken continuously without physician supervision. If you only have a bowel movement after taking a stimulant laxative, you should see a doctor. ...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 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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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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Do stool softeners like Metamucil work the same way as laxatives?

Do stool softeners like Metamucil work the same way as laxatives?

Neither are laxative: 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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Does long term use of stool softeners and laxatives cause vitam and mineral imbalances/ deficiencies?

Does long term use of stool softeners and laxatives cause vitam and mineral imbalances/ deficiencies?

Yes: Long term use of harsh laxatives like milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) or castor oil can cause nutritional problems but mainly they cause the colon to become more and more sluggish, causing more laxative use. If you have a problem moving your bowels or you are using laxatives for weight loss you should consult your primary care for advice. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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I took a stool softener for two days and still am constipated. Can I take a laxative as well?

I took a stool softener for two days and still am constipated. Can I take a laxative as well?

Yes: Do not forget hydration and exercise, such as a brisk half an hour walk or sit-ups. A stimulant laxative such as Senna may help. If no response, a Dulcolax suppository should be in place. Hope it helps. ...Read more

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I took a stool softener (max 3 pills/24 hours) and waited 12 hours, can I take a laxative (1-2 pills)? the stool softener didn't relieve constipation.

I took a stool softener (max 3 pills/24 hours) and waited 12 hours, can I take a laxative (1-2 pills)? the stool softener didn't relieve constipation.

Yes: Constipation can be caused by not eating enough fiber or drinking enough liquids. Other reasons include side effects of medication, hypothyroidism, irritable bowl disease and pregnancy. For advice on treating constipation see http://bit. Ly/1uzOegm ...Read more

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What side effects could I get from stool softener and laxative addiction?

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Laxative abuse: Some are electrolyte imbalances, with effects on brain, heart, kidneys and other vital organs. ...Read more

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I'm taking plavix (clopidogrel). What laxative or stool softener is safe to take with it?

I'm taking plavix (clopidogrel). What laxative or stool softener is safe to take with it?

Any one: Plavix (clopidogrel) is used to thin the blood. Tou should avoid things that increase your risk of bleeding. Any stool softener a or laxative is okay to use. ...Read more

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Constipated while on protonix (pantoprazole). Okay to take a stool softener/laxative?

Constipated while on protonix (pantoprazole). Okay to take a stool softener/laxative?

Yes. I would recommen: D Miralax (polyethylene glycol) or for something stronger, Milk of Magnesia.Also, Increace your daily fiber with something like a bowl of Raisin Bran every morning. This will help prevent future constipation issues naturally.?? ...Read more

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Constapation because of imodium (loperamide) and IBS, which on is better - stool softener or laxative?

Constapation because of imodium (loperamide) and IBS, which on is better - stool softener or laxative?

Constipation: If you know that you're constipated b/c Imodium, (loperamide) then stop taking it rather than taking another drug. For more info on how to deal w/IBS, check out http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/irritable-bowel-syndrome/basics/definition/con-20024578 ...Read more

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What is the difference between a stool softener like colace (docusate sodium) and a laxative?

What is the difference between a stool softener like colace (docusate sodium) and a laxative?

Softener vs laxative: There are many different ways to deal w/constipation, starting 1st w/fiber, fluids & exercise. Failing that, stool softeners do exactly that - soften stool, typically by increasing water content. Laxatives OTOH irritate bowel into having a bowel movement. Check out http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/constipation/in-depth/laxatives/art-20045906 ...Read more

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