Stool softener in constipation: Benefits and Side Effects

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Constipation is a common problem in the gastrointestinal system that many people will experience at some point in their lives. This condition is characterized by infrequent, small bowel movements that can even be difficult to pass.

Constipation can occur in patients who do not have an underlying condition. Constipation can be exacerbated by certain medications and health conditions.

Stool softeners are an easy way to manage occasional constipation. Docusate and other stool softeners are the most common method of treating or preventing constipation. Docusate, a type of stool softener that acts as a laxative, treats either chronic or mild constipation. This happens when the person must strain or exert pressure to pass stool.

How to use a stool softener

Docusate is a common stool softener used for constipation. The stool softener increases the amount of water the stool absorbs from the stomach. This makes it easier to move and makes the stool more comfortable.

It is best to follow the instructions on the tablet or as directed by your Piles Specialist doctor. It’s easy to do, simply follow the instructions on the package. Consult your doctor if you have any questions about the product.

Experts recommend that you take the medication orally at night with a glass of water. You can also drink juice. The medical condition and the response to medication will determine the dosage. If the patient has diarrhea, doctors may suggest reducing the medication or stopping the medication.

Stool softener benefits

* Treats constipation

* Reduces pain when passing stool

* The toilet seat is not to be strained

Side effects of stool softener

Side effects of stool softener can be minor and rarely serious. These side effects should be monitored while you are taking this medication.

* Stomach pain

* Diarrhea

* Cramps

* Irritated throat

Stool softener has many benefits that outweigh any side effects or risks. The majority of people who use the medication don’t experience any side effects. (Also read: Is abdominal pain and constipation often related?

An allergic reaction may occur if a person is also taking the medication. An allergic reaction can be characterized by symptoms

* Rash

* Swelling or itching, mainly on the tongue, throat, or face.

* Feeling dizzy or drowsy.

* Trouble breathing.

Take care

Talk to your doctor before you begin taking this medication. Inactive ingredients in this medicine can also cause allergic reactions. Consult your Hemorrhoid doctor in Kolkata for more details.

Before you take stool softeners, make sure to consult your doctor if you have any of these conditions.

* Serious abdominal pain

* Nausea

* Vomiting

* The last 2 weeks have seen a change in the bowel movements.

Before using a stool softener, consult your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.


Constipation can be treated by eating high-fiber foods, drinking plenty of water, and engaging in physical activity. Temporary relief from constipation is best. Avoid using the stool softener regularly or repetitively. The person may become dependent on stool-softeners if they are used for long periods.

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