Difference between Stool Softener and Laxative?

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The difference in a stool softener and a laxative is what symptoms are being addressed. A stool softener is used for constipation that is a result of hardened stools and can lead to straining. For people with heart conditions, this can be dangerous as it elevates blood pressure. A laxative is used to loosen stool and/or prevent constipation.
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