Stool Softeners

Constipation is no fun for anyone. But for those with heart conditions, hemorrhoids, and other ailments, straining to pass a bowel movement is not only painful, but can even be dangerous. The products below may help to soften stools, making them easier to pass. Also see bulk/fiber laxatives and stimulant laxatives.

Product Name Percent of Pharmacists' Votes
Colace/Peri-Colace 78.0%
Dulcolax 18.0%
Phillips Stool Softener 4.0%

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Laxatives—Stimulant

Constipation: Nearly everyone faces it at some point. The inability to pass a bowel movement can be frustrating and painful, but drinking plenty of water and eating fiber-rich foods may bring relief. If that doesn't work, stimulant laxatives irritate the intestinal lining, helping to induce bowel movements. Make sure to read labels carefully and follow the appropriate dosage. Also see bulk/fiber laxatives and stool softeners.

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