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Took Stool Softener
I'm very constipated I've used enama and I took stool softener a hour ago, when shpuld I try to poop again?
YouHaveAFullHouse?: A Wise Man once said "There's a hole at the bottom and it will all come out eventually." In your young case I bet that might be true. I think you should be a little more patient. Bottom line, though, is if you are really uncomfortable (like horrible cramps, etc)then go to an Urgent Care for a Royal Flush (call first to talk with them about it). Otherwise, it may take some time with a stool softener. ...Read more
I am 16 and I am pooping nothing but light to dark red mucus. Only has been one day and I took stool softeners that night. Is it anything serious?
Red Stool: Anytime you have mucous and red stools you must be see a physician as this could represent blood in your stools and that is a danger sign. ...Read more
Had steroid induced gastritis. Have been constipated for 5 days, took stool softeners but hasn't helped. Is this normal after gastritis? Treatments?
Constipation: After the gastritis, you may have changed your diet with increased fiber and different foods that may have now constipate you. Increase your fluids, you can try the old Prune juice remedy, but if the stool softeners and increasing your fluid intake is not helping, you may need to call your treating Dr. To get and evaluation and more definitive treatment for the stools. Best wishes. ...Read more
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.
Really smelly gas at night, bloated, constipated. I took a stool softener and it didn't work. Do I continue taking them before bed till they do?
I was constipated yesterday and most of today I normally go everyday I took a stool softener and warm water mixed with lemon and honey now anus hurts?
Can't tell you with this little information. Hemorrhoids and fissure are the most common things, but it can be other things as well.
See a doctor. ...Read more
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
I have been having stomach problems for over a week. At first I was constipated and then I took some stool softener that helped me to go. Ever since I have been able to go but have still been experiencing various types of pain in my left side from sharp p
Mutiple causes: It's better to take it easy with solids, liquids are preferable. You didn't mention your age but pain on left side of abdomen could be gas, constipation also it could be a condition called "divertilitis"- which signifies a disease in the left colon. If symptoms persist see your PMD. ...Read more
I'm constipated I think. Stomach rlly hurts but all that comes out is gas. Took 2 stool softeners lasnight and didn't work. Shud I take more tnite?
Mag Citrate: Mag Citrate will help.Get a more detailed answer ›
I took a stool softener this morning and I've had diarrhea all day. Is this normal at 38 weeks pregnant?
Stool softener: Depending on what softener you took, you can have diarrhea. Rest assuredno harm will come to your fetus. ...Read more
I took two stool softener Dulculax after the stomach flu because I was constipated 3 days. The Duculax gave me cramps and diarrhea. Duration?
Took a stool softener because nothing else was working and within minutes had a bm. Will I get diarrhea now from stool softeners?
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
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
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
Water: Hydrate really well with water so that the stool will be moister. ...Read more
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
What does it mean when stool partially floats? I'm using stool softener too. Immediately after I ate last night.
Fat in stool: Fat in stool will make it float. ...Read more
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
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