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Posted: Sat Feb 21, 2009 12:07 pm
Could I please have benefit of experience on stool softeners?  I am taking a new Rx med that is really causing me problems.  I am drinking lots of water but I still need help!  Naturally, I would like something that doesn't create the opposite problem.  Thank you!
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Posted: Sun Feb 22, 2009 3:53 pm
Hi Carrie Ann

The standard over the counter stool softener is Duccosate Sodium (Colace is a brand name); doseage anywhere from 100mg daily to twice a day, or 250mg. daily.  You can titrate it with your judgement to keep things moving.  

Some natural remedies:  good old prunes or pruine juice daily; I have seen some folks here mention grape juice helps.  Bet the ostomates here have good advice on that.

Hope this helps.

By the way...love your picture.  What kind of horse?????
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Posted: Mon Feb 23, 2009 10:54 am
Thanks much!  I will try Colace.  PJ works, for sure, but I am low-carb dieting and that puts me over my carb limit.

Love getting a compliment on my horse -- thank you!  He is a quarter horse.
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Posted: Tue Feb 24, 2009 12:19 am
Hey Carrie Ann

I didn't stop to ask what type of ostomy you have????   If a colostomy, no problem to take stool softeners.  Urostomy, no problem.  If an ileostomy, you should NEVER need stool softeners or laxatives.   Just checking.....


It would be great if you would write a new thread about yourself and your horse, riding.    I've had one equestrian ostomate, and  another with upcoming surgery.  I get asked the questions, and can only answer technically that one should be able to do whatever they like post ostomy surgery.  I'd love to hear first hand from you.  I have horses, no stoma and a lousy rider myself...not a great one to give advice! Better heard from the horses mouth....  OK, I know that was a bad one.....
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Posted: Tue Feb 24, 2009 8:32 am
                                 
Whoa wrote:
Better heard from the horses mouth....  OK, I know that was a bad one.....


whoa, i belive this board is rubbing off on you!!! anyhow bravo...good one


Posted: Sat Feb 28, 2009 6:58 pm
Lactulose is aslo an excellent stool softer that can be taken on a daily basis, it is commonly prescribed for older people to help move the bowels along, it's worth asking your  G.P if it is a sutible option for you.x


Posted: Mon Mar 02, 2009 2:05 am
I find that room temperature apple sauce does it for me. I rarley have an issue when it comes to hard stool as I will have a small bit of apple sauce as a snack every afternoon and at night. It can't hurt...might help.


Posted: Mon Mar 02, 2009 9:18 am
Apple sauce huh, thats very interesting, i think i might try that from time to time, thanks lass.x
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