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stool softeners...when to stop taking?? stool softeners...when to stop taking??

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Unread 04-19-2008, 04:31 PM
stool softeners...when to stop taking??

Hi,

just wondering how long should we take stool softeneres?? I am on week 4 and had a really bad episode yesterday....
I really had to go, but it just didnt happen without straining myself alot, which I was really scared something was going to tear inside...sorry for the but really had a very painful time

wondering when to stop taking the softeners or is it ok to take them for a few days more?

thank you for your input.....
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Unread 04-19-2008, 05:11 PM
stool softeners...when to stop taking??

i took them for about 3 weeks then i just kept taking my fiber.
good luck
feel beter
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lisa
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Unread 04-19-2008, 05:32 PM
stool softeners...when to stop taking??

You should take the stool softners as long as you are taking any pain meds.
It will not hurt if you take them longer. I have been eating dried prunes also and eating fiber cereal. That seems to help
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Unread 04-19-2008, 05:59 PM
stool softeners...when to stop taking??

my Dr gave me 60 tablets and I take 2 x a day so that would for a month, I am going to keep up a bit longer though due to all the repair work I had done
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Unread 04-19-2008, 07:05 PM
stool softeners...when to stop taking??

I stopped taking them yesterday. I haven't had any percocet since Wed. night and I don't seem to be having any problems in that area. I use FiberSure in my coffee in the mornings, though, and eat a pretty high fiber diet. I have avoided the gas-causing fiber this week, though, for obvious reasons.
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Unread 04-19-2008, 07:10 PM
stool softeners...when to stop taking??

I took the stool softeners for six weeks...I have always had trouble with constipation/diahrea and I was afraid of straining. I upped the fiber and have been keeping that up for the last two weeks..

Take them as long as you feel you need to...
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Unread 04-19-2008, 07:10 PM
stool softeners...when to stop taking??

I took them for over 4 weeks. I slowly cut down the number per day. They had me take them 4 x a day when I was discharged from the hospital. I also added prunes and fiber to my diet once I stopped. Good luck.
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Unread 04-19-2008, 08:10 PM
stool softeners...when to stop taking??

I continued taking them once a day for 8 weeks. I tried stopping at 6 weeks, but found I was still straining. I'm not having any problems now and haven't suffered any ill effects from taking them that long.
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Unread 04-21-2008, 03:42 PM
stool softeners...when to stop taking??

I am just past 6 weeks and am still taking them, although not at same level. When I saw my doc last Thursday I told her, and she had no problem with this. I'm trying to get plenty of fiber in my diet....but still, not enough.
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