Is it safe to take stool softeners every day?


According to the National Institute of Health, stool softeners should not be used for more than one week unless a doctor says otherwise. If a person's stools are still hard after a week, a doctor should be consulted.

Stool softeners, such as Ducolax and Miralax, are intended to help with constipation on a short-term basis. They relieve straining during bowel movements by softening stools so they can be passed more easily.

In most cases, a person using a stool softener has a bowel movement within 1 to 3 days of taking the medication. If there are sudden changes in bowel habits that last more than 2 weeks, or if the stools are still hard after taking a softener for one week, contact a doctor.

Q&A Related to "Is it safe to take stool softeners every day?"
Usually 50mg of Colace twice a day. But some people take 100mg twice a day. It just depends. Drink lots of water too. That helps soften things up.
It depends on your height, weight, body mass and amount of liquid in your body system. You can go longer without eating that you can drinking water.
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