What is Stool Softener?

Category: Over the Counter Drugs

Most Popular Types: Ortisan Fruit Cubes

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See also: Citrucel, Colace, Docusate

Stool softeners are used to relieve constipation by people who should avoid straining during bowel movements because of heart conditions, hemorrhoids, and other problems. They soften stools, making them easier to pass.

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

side_effects of Stool Softener"

Severe
1
Moderate
1
Mild
3
None
15

Commonly reported side effects, conditions, and hospitalizations associated with Stool Softener

3
2
1

Dosages

Most common dosages (by patients currently taking Stool Softener)
Dosage Patients
100 mg daily 31
mg as needed 26
200 mg daily 13
100mg as needed 9
2 mg daily 9
1other as needed 8
1 mg daily 8
200mg as needed 6
300 mg daily 5
1 other daily 4
Why Patients Stopped Taking Stool Softener (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason Patients
Other 17
Did not seem to work 13
Course of treatment ended 7
Personal research 4
Doctor's advice 4
Side effects too severe 2
Not indicated 2
See all 41 patients who’ve stopped taking Stool Softener

Duration

Currently Taking Stool Softener
Duration Patients
0-1 month 1
1-3 months 0
3-6 months 0
6 months-1 year 1
1-2 years 2
2 years or more 33
Stopped Taking Stool Softener
Duration Patients
0-1 month 2
1-3 months 7
3-6 months 10
6 months-1 year 6
1-2 years 6
2 years or more 9
Adherence
Always
16 80%
Usually
2 10%
Sometimes
1 5%
Never
1 5%
Burden
Very
0 0%
Somewhat
0 0%
A little
4 20%
Not at all
16 80%
Cost
$200+
0 0%
$100-199
0 0%
$50-99
1 10%
$25-49
0 0%
< $25
9 90%
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6 patient evaluations for Stool Softener

ProfGumbySan
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ProfGumbySan
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
On
Mouth/throat: mild
Arms: mild
Chest: mild
Legs: mild
I am: b
I have:
Parkinson's

See ProfGumbySan's full Stool Softener history

Jun 30, 2012 (Started Feb 01, 2012)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Constipation: None
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 600 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I moved from a stool softener to a laxative (Senna).
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 11, 2009 (Started Feb 01, 2012)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Constipation: Major
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
momsiedome
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momsiedome
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
On
Mouth/throat: mild
Arms: mild
Chest: mild
Legs: mild
I am: g
I have:
Parkinson's

See momsiedome's full Stool Softener history

Jan 1, 2011 (Started Sep 09, 2008)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Constipation: Moderate
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: A little
Dosage: 17 g Every Other Week
Advice & Tips: Use only Miralax and dose as needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
kip
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kip
Sex: M
Data Quality: 0 stars
Bulbar: severe
Arms: severe
Chest: mild
Legs: severe
I am: vg
I have:
ALS

See kip's full Stool Softener history

Apr 13, 2010 (Started Jan 10, 2009)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Constipation: Slight
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Sometimes
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: miralax work's better.

  • 0 helpful marks
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