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Does a stool softener make me go to the bathroom like a laxative?
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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Rakhi Dimino
Obstetrics & Gynecology
In brief: No
A laxative makes you go and get everything out.
It can cause you to feel quite crampy or even have diarrhea. A stool softener just makes the stool softer so it comes out easier when it does come out.

In brief: No
A laxative makes you go and get everything out.
It can cause you to feel quite crampy or even have diarrhea. A stool softener just makes the stool softer so it comes out easier when it does come out.
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