What is Stool Softener?

Category: Over the Counter Drugs

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Generic name: 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 Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Constipation 112 21
Bowel problems 48 16
General health 14 0
Increase effect of another treatment 6 2
Bowel irritability 3 1
Multiple sclerosis 3 0

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  • 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 4
None 30

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Stool Softener

Side effect Patients
Bowel irregularity 2
Diarrhea 2
Bowel incontinence 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Stool Softener

Dosage Patients
100 mg daily 5
1 mg daily 3
100mg as needed 2
1 other weekly 1
1 capsule(s) daily 1
1 other daily 1
1 tps. daily 1
1 capsule(s) twice daily 1
2 mg daily 1
8.6 mcg daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Stool Softener

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 17
Did not seem to work 15
Course of treatment ended 8
Doctor's advice 6
Personal research 4
Side effects too severe 2
See all 45 patients who've stopped taking Stool Softener

Duration

Currently taking Stool Softener

Duration Patients
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 10
10 years or more 13

Stopped taking Stool Softener

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 19
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 8
2 - 5 years 7
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 30
Usually 3
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 7
Not at all hard to take 30
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 0
< $25 20
Not specified 16
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6 patient evaluations for Stool Softener

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

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

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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