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.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Patients with evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
109 16
45 3
14 0
6 1
3 0
3 1

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

side_effects of Stool Softener"

Severe
1
Moderate
1
Mild
3
None
14

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
100mg as needed 9
mg as needed 26
1other as needed 8
200mg as needed 6
1 mg daily 7
2 other daily 4
2 mg daily 9
100 mg daily 30
200 mg daily 12
300 mg daily 5
Why Patients Stopped Taking Stool Softener (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason Patients
Other 17
Did not seem to work 12
Course of treatment ended 7
Personal research 4
Doctor's advice 4
Side effects too severe 2
Not indicated 2
See all 40 patients who’ve stopped taking Stool Softener

Duration

Currently Taking Stool Softener
Duration Patients
0-1 month 0
1-3 months 0
3-6 months 0
6 months-1 year 1
1-2 years 1
2 years or more 43
Stopped Taking Stool Softener
Duration Patients
0-1 month 2
1-3 months 7
3-6 months 9
6 months-1 year 6
1-2 years 6
2 years or more 9
Adherence
Always
15 79%
Usually
2 11%
Sometimes
1 5%
Never
1 5%
Burden
Very
0 0%
Somewhat
0 0%
A little
4 21%
Not at all
15 79%
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

momsiedome
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momsiedome
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 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
expastrychef
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expastrychef
Sex: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: mild
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I have:
MS

See expastrychef's full Stool Softener history

Feb 10, 2010 (Started Mar 22, 2008)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Bowel problems: Moderate
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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