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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
Start simple, but...: First optimize fiber ; h2o intake. Next, docusate 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 instrinsic obstruction. But change in bowels is a "red flag" that needs evaluation if persists. ...Read more
Yes: As long as you are using only stool softeners (docusate) and not laxatives, you are safe using them every day, especially if stool is hard. ...Read more
SURE THING: And do not forget to drink plenty of water please. ...Read more
I gave myself a pedi-lax that you use for babies. It's a liquid glycerin suppositories. I used it and i'm bleeding from my rectum after having a bowl.
I have not had a bowl movement in well over a week.I have taken miralax (polyethylene glycol) and even used an enema.I feel a little nauseous.What should I do now?
Obstipation?: Normal bowel frequency varies from 1 every 3-4 days to 3-4 movements per day. Many "normal" people alternate their stool pattern within this range. What you describe is outside the range, but your prior baseline stool pattern defines how alarming (or not)your current infrequency may be. Ileus, blockage, ischemia is considered if fever, tenderness, distension, bleeding, vomiting. Get checked/help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm constipated and think I might have hemorrhoids or an anal fissure. Can't go to the doctor for a week. Is it safe to sake Senokot or Miralax (polyethylene glycol)? Both?
You can take: either, but I would recommend Miralax (polyethylene glycol). It dissolves in 8 oz of any fluid, such as water. Until you can see the doctor, you can also apply some healing ointment, such as Aquaphor to your anal area. If it's a fissure, that may even heal it. Working on the constipation is the real factor here,so try to increase the fiber and fluids in your diet...and certainly see your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
YES: Yes as directed. Hope this is helpful Dr Z ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can you have a fecal impaction and still have a normal bowel movement once a day (while taking miralax)?
Should I use a glycerin suppository or enema the day before an endometrial biopsy if i'm experiencing mild constipation?
Haven't used the bathroom in a day abd half im not use to this use to atleast 2 bowl movements a day should I be worried?
Constipated for almost a week. Able to go a little bit. Have hemorrhoids. Is miralax (polyethylene glycol) safe? Wiped and saw a tiny bit of pink blood. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) or aloe jui
Yes: Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is safe for constipation but instructions on the bottle advise only one dose daily--this is so you will talk to your doctor if you have severe constipation. Most people have constipation every so often, which is usually lack of fiber in their diet. Long term constipation can happen for different reasons so if this is a chronic problem, or if you can't poop pretty soon see your doctor ...Read more
Fiber: Laxative r a stimulant & u will b come dependent on them where as fiber is a natural way 2 ur colon 2 absorb more h2o & that softens ur stool. Also remain well hydrated. Urinating seldom during the day & dark urine means u need more h2o. More often & almost clear color means good hydration. Stay away from stimulants. ...Read more
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