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My daughter, 14 months is constipated despite giving her fluids. Used stool softener for a month. If I stop medication, she is constipated again.

My daughter, 14 months is constipated despite giving her fluids. Used stool softener for a month. If I stop medication, she is constipated again.

Constipation: 3 important facts: 1 did she pass meconium or the dark sticky stool in the 1st day of life? 2 did this start when you transitioned her from formula to whole milk? 3 are you attempting potty training if the answer to all 3 is yes then this is likely transient and will pass with time. I would continue the stool softener and hold off on potty training for now. Wean the stool softener. ...Read more

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What can I do about infrequent small, hard--and incomplete-- bowel movements? I am a 66 year-old healthy woman who very rarely has a normal bowel movement. I eat a good balanced diet and take extra fiber supplements; I have tried stool softeners which onl

What can I do about infrequent small, hard--and incomplete-- bowel movements? I am a 66 year-old healthy woman who very rarely has a normal bowel movement. I eat a good balanced diet and take extra fiber supplements; I have tried stool softeners which onl

Add water to diet: You may have the fiber, but you need to increase water/flluid intake otherwise the fiber will bulk up stool too much. Look at other medications you are taking (calcium supplements) they cause constipation. Make sure you have had a colonoscopy as well. ...Read more

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Can kids take doss stool softener?

Can kids take doss stool softener?

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

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What does stool softener actually do?

What does stool softener actually do?

Helps moisten stool: They cause stool to retain more water and thus be softer in consistency. ...Read more

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What is the best stool softener to take?

Docusate: 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

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What is the best type of stool softener?

Mineral oil: Over the counter mineral oil is better than stool softener in capsules. About a tablespoon or less at bedtime according to benefit. ...Read more

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How long till stool softener works usually?

How long till stool softener works usually?

Usually within1-3 d: Depends on dose and type; usually works within 1-3 days. Check other factors including diet, activity, other meds, other health issues. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take a stool softener every day?

Is it okay to take a stool softener every day?

No: It is not a good idea to use them in the long run. In the short-term, for a few weeks or less, if necessary, they should be tolerated very well. Good luck. ...Read more

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Well I want to take stool softener because of my weight?

Well I want to take stool softener because of my weight?

Bad idea: Softer stool will do nothing to increase the rate of fat loss from the body. A healthy diet and exercise that creates a modest calorie deficit is a far more effective way to reduce fat. ...Read more

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Can I take a stool softener during a gallbladdere attack?

Yes: There is probably no problem to take a stool softener during a gallbladder attack, but make sure that your doctor knows what is going on. ...Read more

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How long can you use stool softener after the date on the bottle?

How long can you use stool softener after the date on the bottle?

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

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What is a safe stool softener to use on a regular basis that works good and fast?

What is a safe stool softener to use on a regular basis that works good and fast?

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

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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

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

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How long is it safe to use stool softener?

How long is it safe to use stool softener?

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

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What is a good stool softener without sodium?

What is a good stool softener without sodium?

Docusate calcium: Docusate is an excellent, gentle, easy to use stool softener. If you are trying to avoid sodium, you can take the docusate calcium instead. Be sure to drink plenty of liquids. Good luck. ...Read more

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How long is it safe to take a stool softener for?

Long time: Stool softeners can be taken safely for a long period of time, however, this should not lull you to believe that your problem may be a benign one. There are different causes of constipation and you may need to either describe your problem in greater detail or see your doctor to figure out why you are constipated. ...Read more

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How long is it safe to use a stool softener daily?

How long is it safe to use a stool softener daily?

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

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Will a stool softener help with an elderly person?

Will a stool softener help with an elderly person?

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. Gi motility in the healthy elderly patient is really little different than in younger patients. ...Read more

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When should I use a laxative with a stool softener?

When should I use a laxative with a stool softener?

Efficacy: When you are still constipated on stool softeners, a laxative can be tried. A better method is to find out the cause of the constipation so you are not just treating the symptoms. ...Read more

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What's the diffrence between a laxative and a stool softener?

Good question: A stool softener causes bulk to the stools and pulls liquid from the walls of the colon to aid in making the stools earier to pass. A laxative irritates or changes the physiologic function of the bowel to cause it to increase its contractions and expel stool. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a stool softener and a laxative?

Stool softener: Softens stool and makes it easier to pass. Laxatives simulate the bowel to move and may be much more reactive and cause some pain. ...Read more

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Can I drink this twice a day n a stool softener to get relief fast?

Can I drink this twice a day n a stool softener to get relief fast?

Please rephrase: Please rephrase your question and include the symptom and the solution you are referring to. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a stool softener like Metamucil to take effect?

Not a stool softener: Metamucil is not a softener per se. Rather it adds bulk and can retain (adsorb to be technically correct) fluid which may 'soften' the stool indirectly. The effect is usually within 24 hours. The dose may need to be gradually increased to (a) be effective and (b) minimize gas, cramps etc. ...Read more

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Can I take a stool softener while having an active case of diverticulitis?

Can I take a stool softener while having an active case of diverticulitis?

It is usually: Suggested that diverticulitis best to a diet which contains significant residue. Since stool "softeners"usually contain artificial "bulk" I would think it would be OK. HOWEVER I would suggest you consult with you Treating Health Care Professional before taking ANY medication which might have an effect upon your bowel condition!
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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?

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?

Constipation: Increase your dietary fiber to 25 grams per day, drink 60 ounces of water daily, and consider taking a powdered stool softener such as Miralax (polyethylene glycol) daily.
Pill form stool softeners still require you drink a significant amount of water to be effective. ...Read more

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What is the gentlest stool softener for someone with an ulcer?

Stool Softener: Prescription oral medications like colase, dialose, docusate, dos, doxinate, fleet sof-lax, hemaspan, modane soft and surfak, as well as numerous others, may be prescribed by your doctor as safe and effective stool softeners. They do come with a few side effects, however, including stomach pains, cramping and nausea. Take these prescription stool softeners as prescribed; usually at bedtime. ...Read more

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Is lactulose a stool softener or a laxative?

Is lactulose a stool softener or a laxative?

Lactulose: Lactulose is a synthetic sugar laxative used to treat constipation -- also to treat buildup of ammonia in patients with liver failure. They can become very ill and confused --even obtunded -- when these waste products build up. ...Read more

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Bloating and gas from stool softener?

Bloating and gas from stool softener?

Possible: There are certainly some stool softeners that have high levels of certain chemicals that when in your GI tact can certainly cause the symptoms you describe. There are many other options for you - talk to your doctor about which ones would be right for you so that you don't get a nickname such as toot! ...Read more

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Will a stool softener flatten my stomach?

Will a stool softener flatten my stomach?

If you have marked: Constipation in which retained feces is causing your GI tract to expand, then passing that feces may give the abdomen a flatter appearance. ...Read more

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How long till stool softener or stimulant works?

Minimize stimulants: Docusate (per pdr) helps moisten & soften hard, dry stools. It is not true laxative, but facilitates natural defecation, usually within 12 to 72 hours. This is safe & available for children over 2, & assumes 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

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Is it safe to use a stool softener and a laxative together?

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

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