Constipation is an ailment that everyone suffers at some point in life. It can cause nausea and vomiting, pain in the lower abdomen, and loss of appetite.
Stool softeners are commonly used for those trying to get rid of hemorrhoids, as avoiding straining is very important. For the hemorrhoid sufferer they can also relieve the pain caused by hard stools.
Stool softeners are a type of laxative, although they have fewer side effects than other laxatives. They are often given after childbirth or after surgery. They may take a few days to begin to work unlike some other laxatives on the market. The stool softener is a generally a pill that should be taken once a day. It will work by increasing water held in the colon so that the stool becomes moister. Stool softeners also come in laxative or liquid form, although some find the taste of the liquid unpleasant.
When taking this type of laxative it is important to drink water with it. Drink plenty of fluids through the day such as juice and water. It will aid the softener in putting water back into the colon.
There are some minor side effects can be experienced with stool softeners. Bloating and cramping in the abdomen is a frequent problem. It will go away during treatment, but if it becomes bothersome discontinue usage. Nasea and vomiting may be experienced, as well. Urine sometimes changes color.
If you have certain diseases such as high blood pressure or kidney disease discuss the use of a stool softener with a doctor before taking it. It may interfere with the absorption of some medications so use them with precaution. Do not take more than the recommended dosage, because severe diarrhea can occur along with nausea and vomiting. Muscle cramps and weakness are also signs of an overdose.
Store the medication at room temperature and as with any medication, always check experiation dates before using.