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Taking Stool Softeners To Lose Weight
Not for that reason: There is no meaningful or long-term weight loss with stool softeners--only temporary laxation of stool and maybe loss of some "water". A healthy and long-term approach to weight loss (and keeping the weight off once lost) is consistently making good food choices (avoid high-calorie density foods that are high in fat and processed sugars), minimize snacking, control portion size, and exercise. ...Read more
Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more
Please not for that!: There is no meaningful or long-term weight loss with stool softeners--only temporary laxation of stool and maybe loss of some "water". A healthy and long-term approach to weight loss (and keeping the weight off once lost) is consistently making good food choices (avoid high-calorie density foods that are high in fat and processed sugars), minimize snacking, control portion size, and exercise. ...Read more
No if used correctly: Stool softeners, such as docusate sodium or mineral oil, are intended for short term, periodic use. They are not recommended for use more than 1 week. They generally cause a bowel movement within 12-72 hours. Long term use is not recommended as it may mask signs of a more serious gastrointestinal symptom. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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? Ive 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 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
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.
So i been taking stool softeners every other night to help me go to the bathroom, b/c I have trouble going but they don't even help. What can I do?
Yes: you can use Miralax with a stool softener, like Colace. If you haven't stooled for three days, you may want to consider taking a clean out dose of Miralax, or having your doctor prescribe lactulose. In the meantime, consider taking Miralax twice a day, and/or adding an ounce of Milk of Magnesia. You should consult with your doctor about your intractable constipation. ...Read more
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?
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