L486 Red N White Pill (docusate Sodium 100 Mg)Updated
If 1 is a stool softener can i take 2 to make it a laxative? I have constipation from my opioids.
Excellent question. Stool Softener, AKA Docusate Sodium, commonly comes in 50mg and 100mg soft gels. I too have OIC (Opioid-Induced Constipation). Docusate Sodium is but one part of my regimen for my personal amount of Opioids. I also take a capful of Miralax almost every day. I also take 4 Docusate Sodium Softgels of 100mg each for a total of 400mgs. I'll take the softgels every other day. Now for a specific answer to your question: 1 soft gel of Docusate Sodium is a stool softener, of course. 2 softgels is a doubling of the stool softener and are simply just more stool softener. It doesn't convert to a laxative based on simply using a larger dose. Just as my 4 100mg softgels taken daily is simply more stool softener. Stool softener doesn't become a laxative simply by taking 2 of them; it is simply more stool softener. I would suggest speaking with your Pharmacist where you shop. They're easily accessible and there is no need for an appointment. The Pharmacist can guide you on how much of the Stool Softener you might begin with, and he can also recommend how much Miralax you may need on a daily basis. Though you could simply begin with One Capful (17 grams) per day. I take 1 capful of Miralax every day. Miralax is simply the Brand Name of the drug Polyethylene Glycol 3350. You can buy the store brand and save a good chunk of change. Additionally, the stool softener is the most gentle medication on a long list of medications that go all the way up to active laxatives and enemas. Softgels as an additional, very mild drug, can aid the Miralax to help keep your movements soft and gentle, without the pain of a delayed movement. Those are not fun and should be avoided. That's why my principal medication is a daily capful of the Polyethylene Glycol 3350 (Miralax) with an added daily regimen of the stool softener. This was a mini lesson on the 2 drugs I use on a daily basis to stay regular while I take my daily opioid medication. 1 capful of Miralax in a glass of liquid daily and four 100mg softgels of the stool softener as a gentle add-on.
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