Stool softeners promote the mixing of the stool fat with water so it won’t be hard. This will not work acutely. It will take 1-3 days before it works. It’s purpose is to prevent constipation but primarily to prevent straining. And again, this is habit forming.
- Reduces stool surface tension promoting water and fat mixture
- Onset: 1 to 3 days
- Use: Prevent constipation, prevent straining
- Habit Forming
- Dioctyl Sodium Sulfosuccinate (Doss, Colace)
- Dioctyl Calcium Sulfosuccinate (Surfak)