How Do Stool Softener Laxatives Work?

Reviewed on 6/21/2021

HOW DO STOOL SOFTENER LAXATIVES WORK?

Stool softeners are a type of laxatives used for treating constipation. They act by reducing the surface tension of the stools and allowing water and oil to enter the stool mass causing it to soften, which is then easier to pass.

HOW ARE STOOL SOFTENER LAXATIVES USED?

Stool softener laxatives are recommended for individuals who must avoid straining while defecating, including those:

WHAT ARE SIDE EFFECTS OF STOOL SOFTENER LAXATIVES?

Stool softener laxatives can cause some side effects, which include:

The information contained herein is not intended to cover all possible side effects, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or adverse effects. Check with your doctor or pharmacist to make sure these drugs do not cause any harm when you take them along with other medicines. Never stop taking your medication and never change your dose or frequency without consulting your doctor.

WHAT ARE NAMES OF STOOL SOFTENER LAXATIVES?

Generic and brand names of stool softener laxatives include:

  • Albert Docusate
  • Colace
  • Docusate
  • Docusate calcium
  • Docusate sodium
  • DSS
  • DulcoEase
  • Phillips Liqui Gels
  • Silace
  • Soflax

QUESTION

You are constipated if you don't have a bowel movement every day. See Answer
References
https://reference.medscape.com/drugs/laxatives-stool-softener

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