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

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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. Change in baseline bowel habits however warrants evaluation rather than indefinite otc treatment.

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. Change in baseline bowel habits however warrants evaluation rather than indefinite otc treatment.
Dr. Charles Cattano
Dr. Charles Cattano
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