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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

Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Stool Softener (Definition)

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


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Is docusate sodium or docusate calcium a better stool softener?

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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Is it safe to take docusate calcium daily?

Is it safe to take docusate calcium daily?

Not advised: Taking any laxative daily can become addicting, and then you will have major problems if you ever stop. Try not to use it more than 2-3 days in a row. ...Read more

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Chillies work as laxatives?

Chillies work as laxatives?

Some chillies,maybe: There are a lot of different types of chillies, from quite mild to extremely spicy. There is a wide range of reaction to the chillies. So the only possible answer is maybe. ...Read more

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Is taking laxatives bad for you?

Laxatives: Laxatives, like all medications are very useful if taken as directed. Laxatives are generally intended for short term use unless you have some chronic GI condition. It should be noted that it is possible to develop a psychological habituation to laxatives. ...Read more

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What is the best laxative?

What is the best laxative?

There is no "Best": Being "regular" is very important. There is no single solution for everyone. Adequate hydration (plenty of fluids), fiber, and stimulation of the colon will usually solve the problem. Magnesium helps many people. You can't "od" on magnesium, because it will cause diarrhea. Usually, 500-1, 500 mg will get you moving. Some people can handle more. Prunes are also a good stimulant. ...Read more

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What is the mildest form of a laxative?

Miralax (polyethylene glycol): Is a mild laxative to use and in different forms. ...Read more

Dr. Marvin Ott
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Docusate Calcium (Definition)

Docusate calcium is a laxative which is a ...Read more


Dr. Andrew Seibert
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Surfak (Definition)

Surfak is a laxative which is a ...Read more