Stool softener laxatives

Stool softeners

Stool softeners are detergents, lowering the surface tension of stool to allow increased uptake of fats and water in the faeces. This softens the bulk and allows for easier passage through the bowel without straining.

Generally, they are prescribed for acute and subacute constipation in patients who should avoid straining during defaecation.

Products include rectally administered sodium docusate glycerol orsodium docusate sorbitol.

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