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Is it safe to use stool softeners regularly?
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Dr. John Edmison
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
It is common to use colace (docusate sodium) or docusate long term, especially when taking narcotics.

In brief: Yes
It is common to use colace (docusate sodium) or docusate long term, especially when taking narcotics.
Dr. John Edmison
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Dr. Jan Rakinic
Surgery - Colorectal
In brief: Yes.
Stool softeners are safe to use regularly.
However, i suggest that people add a fiber supplement and increase water intake first. Laxatives are another thing entirely, and should not be used regularly without a doctor's direction. This can lead to dependence of the colon on the laxative, which is not reversible.

In brief: Yes.
Stool softeners are safe to use regularly.
However, i suggest that people add a fiber supplement and increase water intake first. Laxatives are another thing entirely, and should not be used regularly without a doctor's direction. This can lead to dependence of the colon on the laxative, which is not reversible.
Dr. Jan Rakinic
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