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Will a stool softener help with an elderly person?
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Dr. Charles Cattano
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Charles Cattano
Dr. Charles Cattano
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