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.

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Perceived effectiveness

  • 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
17

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

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2
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1

Dosages

Most common dosages (by patients currently taking Stool Softener)
Dosage
100 mg daily
Patients
30
Dosage
mg as needed
Patients
26
Dosage
200 mg daily
Patients
14
Dosage
100mg as needed
Patients
9
Dosage
2 mg daily
Patients
9
Dosage
1other as needed
Patients
8
Dosage
1 mg daily
Patients
8
Dosage
200mg as needed
Patients
6
Dosage
1 other daily
Patients
4
Dosage
2 other daily
Patients
4

Dosages based on patients currently taking Stool Softener.

Why Patients Stopped Taking Stool Softener (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason
Other
Patients
17
Reason
Did not seem to work
Patients
15
Reason
Course of treatment ended
Patients
7
Reason
Doctor's advice
Patients
5
Reason
Personal research
Patients
4
Reason
Side effects too severe
Patients
2
Reason
Not indicated
Patients
2
See all 54 patients who’ve stopped taking Stool Softener

Duration

Currently Taking Stool Softener
Duration
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Duration
0-1 month
Patients
1
Duration
1-3 months
Patients
0
Duration
3-6 months
Patients
0
Duration
6 months-1 year
Patients
2
Duration
1-2 years
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0
Duration
2 years or more
Patients
15
Stopped Taking Stool Softener
Duration
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Duration
0-1 month
Patients
2
Duration
1-3 months
Patients
7
Duration
3-6 months
Patients
11
Duration
6 months-1 year
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6
Duration
1-2 years
Patients
7
Duration
2 years or more
Patients
9

Adherence


Always
Patients
17
77%
Usually
Patients
2
9%
Sometimes
Patients
2
9%
Never
Patients
1
5%

Burden


Very
Patients
0
0%
Somewhat
Patients
0
0%
A little
Patients
4
18%
Not at all
Patients
18
82%

Cost per month


Cost per month
$200+
Patients
12
120%
Cost per month
$100-199
Patients
0
0%
Cost per month
$50-99
Patients
0
0%
Cost per month
$25-49
Patients
1
10%
Cost per month
< $25
Patients
0
0%
Cost per month
Not specified
Patients
9
90%
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6 patient evaluations for Stool Softener

ProfGumbySan
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ProfGumbySan
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 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)

  • 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: Not specified monthly

Mar 11, 2009 (Started Feb 01, 2012)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Constipation: Major
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Cost: Not specified 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: Not specified 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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