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I am takin Benefiber and stool softeners daily until I heal my hemorroid and go back to the doc in 2 weeks but I still have hard stool. Any advice?

Magnesium and PEG. I would try taking some drinks with magnesium, such as Calm. A lot of people are deficient in magnesium. This is why Milk of Magnesia works as a laxative. Magnesium supplements/drinks like calm help relax smooth muscles. You will also sleep better. I hope this helps you. Another over the counter is Miralax (polyethylene glycol) which is made out of Polyethylene Glycol. It will definitely work by trapping water. . Read more...

Have hemorrhoid. Using cream & going back to doc in 2 weeks. I've been taking Benefiber & stool softeners daily but can't hardly pass any stool. Help?

Type of Hemorrhoid? There are two types of hemorrhoids, internal hemorrhoids that often cause painless rectal bleeding & thrombosed external hemorrhoids that are painful, as a result of ruptured blood vessels under the skin. "Hemorrhoids" are the most common reason people see a Proctologist but the cause of the problem can be something else such as an anal fissue (split/tear of anal opening). See your Proctologist! Read more...

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...

Which juices and foods can you use as a stool softener/laxative?

Constipation. Pure fruit juices especially prunes, pears, peaches, etc are good stool softeners. Foods rich in fiber include whole grain cereals with added bran, fruits eaten with their skin, vegetables like cooked beans, lentil, etc. And tree nuts. Increased water intake will fulfill the purpose. Read more...

Does a stool softener make me go to the bathroom like a laxative?

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. Read more...
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. Read more...