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When Should I Use A Laxative With A Stool Softener
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
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
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
Sure, but...: 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 is safe & available for anyone over 2, & assumes normal GI anatomy without inflammation, stenosis, extrinsic or intrinsic obstruction. Change in baseline bowel habits however warrants evaluation rather than indefinite otc treatment. ...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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How can you use it for 4 weeks to heal anal fissure if instruction on cloace stool softener box says don't use more that a week to minimize dependency?
Very safe drug: Those instructions on the box are intended for non- physicians and provide legal coverage the drug manufacturer. Colace (docusate sodium) is a very safe non-absorbed drug that can be used chronically if medically necessary. If your doctor has told you to use the medication for 4 weeks, then i recommend doing so. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: you can use Miralax (polyethylene glycol) 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 (polyethylene glycol), or having your doctor prescribe lactulose. In the meantime, consider taking Miralax (polyethylene glycol) twice a day, and/or adding an ounce of Milk of Magnesia. You should consult with your doctor about your intractable constipation. ...Read more
Prunes...: ...Or cherries. Hard to go wrong with them, and when taken in the right quantity, will keep things moving (just may take a little adjustment to figure out what that "dose" is). ...Read more
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