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

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Perceived effectiveness

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 1
Moderate 2
Mild 3
None 16

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Stool Softener

Side effect Patients
Cramps 3
Bowel Irregularity 2
Diarrhea 2
Bowel (fecal) incontinence 1
Loss of bowel control 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Stool Softener

Dosage Patients
100 mg daily 5
1 mg daily 2
300 mg daily 2
1mg as needed 2
daily 2
1 mg weekly 1
1 other weekly 1
1 capsule(s) daily 1
1 tbs. daily 1
1 capsule(s) twice daily 1

See all 20 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Stool Softener

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 17
Did not seem to work 14
Course of treatment ended 7
Doctor's advice 5
Personal research 4
Side effects too severe 2
See all 42 patients who’ve stopped taking Stool Softener

Duration

Currently taking Stool Softener

Duration Patients
1-3 months 1
6 months-1 year 3
1-2 years 2
2 years or more 22

Stopped taking Stool Softener

Duration Patients
0-1 month 1
1-3 months 7
3-6 months 11
6 months-1 year 6
1-2 years 8
2 years or more 9

Adherence


Always
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16
73%
Usually
Patients
3
14%
Sometimes
Patients
2
9%
Never taken as prescribed
Patients
1
5%

Burden


Very hard to take
Patients
0
0%
Somewhat hard to take
Patients
0
0%
A little hard to take
Patients
5
23%
Not at all hard to take
Patients
17
77%

Cost per month


Cost per month
$200+
Patients
0
0%
Cost per month
$100-199
Patients
0
0%
Cost per month
$50-99
Patients
1
5%
Cost per month
$25-49
Patients
0
0%
Cost per month
< $25
Patients
9
41%
Cost per month
Not specified
Patients
12
55%
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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: g
I have:
Parkinson's

See ProfGumbySan's full Stool Softener history

Jun 30, 2012 (Started Feb 01, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Constipation)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
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)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Constipation)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
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)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Constipation)
  • side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
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)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Constipation)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: miralax work's better.

  • 0 helpful marks
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