stool softener


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stool softener

A type of laxative (docusate) which adds fluid to stool, thereby softening it.

stool softener

A laxative–eg, docusate–that softens stool by adding fluid. See Laxative. Cf Bulk-forming laxative, Stimulant laxative.

stool softener

A substance that acts as a wetting agent and thus promotes soft, malleable bowel movements. A stool softener is not a laxative.
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Using the medications only as needed, Another sure recipe for frustration and failure is to use the stool softener or bowel stimulant medications only when the child is obviously constipated.
Realizing that stool softeners, such as DSS or Surfak, are acceptable but ineffective unless used daily, with adequate water intake.
"Even if the patient does nothing, the clots will eventually disappear." Treating the pain and irritation with sitz baths, bulk stool softeners, and pain medication may be all that's necessary, he says.
INCLUSION CRITERIA: Patient of both gender male and female aged between [greater than or equal to]18 years to [less than or equal to] 60 years, presence of anal fissure for < 6 weeks that has failed with other conservative management like stool softener, high fibre diet, local lignocaine application.
CitraNatal Rx is a multivitamin/multimineral prescription drug containing a balanced dose of vitamins and minerals, including folic acid, calcium citrate and iron, as well as a stool softener. CitraNatal DHA provides women with all the prenatal essentials of CitraNatal Rx, but it also includes 250 mg of the plant-based omega 3 ingredient life'sDHA.
This acts as a stool softener and will help ease the problem.
They include simple options such as bed rest, head elevation, a stool softener, and avoidance of Valsalva's maneuver and straining.
Also, since morphine paralyzes the gut, I would use a stool softener, along with hydration.
Wiesel-Levison stresses that the Einstein MS Center tries to "stay away from medications, although sometimes a stool softener such as Colace can be helpful.
Myth: Docusate is a stool softener and helps with constipation.
Your doctor may also recommend a fiber supplement or stool softener to help keep your stools soft and regular.
Patient was given sitz bath twice daily, and syrup lactulose 20 ml twice daily was used as stool softener. Patients were discharged 24 hours after the procedure if no complications occurred, and were prescribed lactulose 20 ml twice daily until return of normal bowel function and they were stable with stool softeners.