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Safe to use stool softeners daily?

Apr 2014
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Is it safe to use o stool softeners on a Dailey basis. I am 91 years old and have a constipation problem. I try to eat 35 grams of fiber a day.
Posted Sun, 10 Nov 2013 in General Health
Answered by Dr. Indu Kumar 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
You should avoid long term use.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for writing to XXXXXXX

There may be many reasons for constipation in your age group.
You need proper examination by surgeon.
Investigations like routine hemogram,ultrasonography,colonoscopy,barium enema can be done to rule out any pathology.
Mostly it is functional.
It may be due to less fibre and fluid intake,less physical activity,chronic medication or age relate degeneration.
You should take plenty of fluids and continue taking fibrous diet.
You should also increase your physical activity in the form of walking etc.
Avoid taking laxative for long term use.You should concentrate more on other methods already discussed.Magnesium 250 mg once daily can be taken.

Get well soon.
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