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JillAnn
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posted 12-21-1998 09:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JillAnn   Click Here to Email JillAnn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
OK, embarassing question of the moring, are stool softners, like Colace as bad as laxatives?? I called my doctors office last week for the first time in months to tell them that I couldn't take the Bentyl becasue it was making me so constipated. I was curtly told by my Dr.'s snotty nurse to drink plenty of water (I drink about 10 glasses a day at least cause I can't drink anything else) to get regular exercise and to take some Colace and maybe Mylacon for the gassiness I am having. Does anyone know, is Colace just as bad as laxitives?? I DO NOT want to get hooked on anything!!! I have taken Metamucil in the past but it makes me feel so "full," any suggestions anyone??? Thanks!!

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Susan K
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posted 12-21-1998 05:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Susan K   Click Here to Email Susan K     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
No, stool softeners are not as "bad" as laxatives! Just remember, they are not laxatives at all-so if you're stopped up....

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Chloe
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posted 12-21-1998 10:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chloe   Click Here to Email Chloe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Stool softner merely soften your stool so it makes it easier to pass - not a laxative at all and safe to take every day (I do). My doctor also says Milk of Magnesia is SAFE as far as laxatives go. I chew tablets (three tables equals l Tbl. so chewing three a day should work. Also, drinks TONS of water (at least 60 oz. a day). It all helps, and it's all safe according to my doctor, a gastroenterologist.

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posted 12-21-1998 11:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for silver   Click Here to Email silver     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi, I dont know if stool softner are ok, but you would be better off using suppositories. They act quick and they work. I have C all the time but since I really started eating more fiber like bran and whole grain, the stools are easier to pass, more normal. Dont go for metamucil, it's too bloating. Try to stay away from bread too. Anyway, I get lots of gas and the pain is real bad. Hope this helps you. Good Luck!

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Karl
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posted 12-22-1998 02:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Karl     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jill Ann,
My GI doc said taking colace
and milk of magnesia (MOM) for long periods isn't a problem.

I've looked at several sites and have seen opposing information on the two. I'm more concerned about taking MOM than stool softeners. I take the minimum amount of both for bowel movements.

Be careful if you buy colace so that you don't purchase pericolace which contains laxative.

I trust my GI doc to a point, but not 100%.
I've seen three GI docs and feel I'm treated as a whiner and not a person with a legitimate problem. One wanted me to start a stimulant laxative regimen - a no no for me.

I too am concerned about the future and the need to be dependent on chemicals.

Good Luck & Take Care,

Karl

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musem
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posted 12-23-1998 03:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for musem     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Silver:
I don't know of a suppository stool softener, so I would guess you are suggesting the chronic use of a stimulant suppository. These are bad news. Stimulant laxatives, regardless of which end you put them in are ONLY for occasional use. Chronic use will make you dependent, and you _don't_ want that.

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Susan K
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posted 12-23-1998 10:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Susan K   Click Here to Email Susan K     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't know of a suppository stool softener either, but there is a glycerin suppository that helps me sometimes. It does not contain a laxative, but it does seem to soften the stool. It doesn't do me any good tho' unless the BM is near my rectum. Sorry about the graphic detail, but I'm sure you wouldn't have asked if you didn't want to know!!

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posted 12-23-1998 03:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for AMBER     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
JillAnn,
Hi, I take one stool softener every night before bed and I usually have a BM in the morning not long after I wake up. I used to take it in the morning, but it made me very nausous for about 5 minutes. My Dr. also said it was O.K. for long term/daily use. My GYN said they even give it to pregnant ladies. Just a tidbit of info in case you didn't know, the WalMart brand of Colace (Equate) is MUCH cheaper than the brand names. Have a Merry Christmas everyone!!

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Dawn
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posted 12-28-1998 04:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dawn   Click Here to Email Dawn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ive had my colon removed from toooo many laxitives, stools softeners and all the other wonderful drugs they don't tell you that are bad for.
I recommened SO HIGHLY to use the natuarl way prune juice, lots of water, fruit go to the nutional store or by a book go to the libary and find foods that help pass your stools.

Because those softeners, ect.... are all to make the symptom better now, fast.

Take the time to change what you eat and drink, God knows Ive had to do all of the above and them some. So good luck I will have you in my prayers.

The pill is never the answer.................

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Rose
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posted 12-28-1998 08:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rose   Click Here to Email Rose     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
JillAnn, Have you tried the pill type fibers, such as fibercon? Once again the store brand seems to work the same and is much cheaper. I found that with the pill I could start with one and increase and also it was just slightly full feeling for a day or two until the new normal seems to take over. Once again I had been instructed. . . D type just take enough water to get that huge sucker down. C type drink a huge glass of water with it.

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