fecal softener

fecal softener

a drug that lowers the surface tension of the fecal mass, allowing the intestinal fluids to penetrate and soften the stool. Also called stool softener.
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Seven types of products act as laxatives; saline (phosphates and magnesium hydroxide and its salts); stimulants/irritants (cascara, bisacodyl, casanthranol, senna, and castor oil); bulking agents (methylcellulose, polycarbophil, and psyllium); emollient (mineral oil); fecal softeners (docusate); hyperosmotics (glycerin, lactulose); and tegaserod (Zelnorm).
Of the laxatives, bulking agents and fecal softeners are the best choices in pregnancy.
There are seven types of products that act as laxatives: saline (phosphates and magnesium hydroxide and its salts), stimulants/irritants (cascara, bisacody1, casanthranol, senna, and castor oil), bulking agents (methylcellulose, polycarbophil, and psyllium), emollient (mineral oil), fecal softeners (docusate), hyperosmotics (glycerin, lactulose), and tegaserod (Zelnorm).