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Old 10-31-2012, 06:05 AM   #1
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Docusate versus Miralax?

I just went to the colon/rectal doctor and was diagnosed with prolapsed internal hemorroids. For now we are going to monitor things and he prescribed a supository and more fiber.

I have been taking 17mg of Miralax daily. He wants me to wean off of it and us a docusate stool softener instead 3 times a day. He said both were safe and non-habt forming but for my issues, he would prefer the stool softener.

Yesterday I had taken 2 (breakfast and lunch). By dinner, I never got to the 3rd one because I had really bad cramping (which made things worse). I know that can be a side effect.

So I am just questioning whether to keep trying the switch. Does it make THAT much of difference? Do I just need to get adjusted to the Docusate?

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Re: Docusate versus Miralax?

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I just went to the colon/rectal doctor and was diagnosed with prolapsed internal hemorroids. For now we are going to monitor things and he prescribed a supository and more fiber.

I have been taking 17mg of Miralax daily. He wants me to wean off of it and us a docusate stool softener instead 3 times a day. He said both were safe and non-habt forming but for my issues, he would prefer the stool softener.

Yesterday I had taken 2 (breakfast and lunch). By dinner, I never got to the 3rd one because I had really bad cramping (which made things worse). I know that can be a side effect.

So I am just questioning whether to keep trying the switch. Does it make THAT much of difference? Do I just need to get adjusted to the Docusate?
I would try the switch for 3 more days and see if the cramping subsides any. Try putting a heating pad on your abdomen for 15 min on the lowest setting or a hot water bottle. I use a heating pad for menstrual cramps and IBS cramping and it does help relax the abdominal muscles. Drink more water than you usually do as it will help the stool softeners be more effective. You want to your stools as soft as you can so it doesn't aggravate the internal prolapsed hemorrhoids and hopefully it won't be so painful to move your bowels. Has the doctor ever mention using a sitz bath ? It might be soothing after moving your bowels.

 
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Old 10-31-2012, 06:02 PM   #3
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Re: Docusate versus Miralax?

Yeah, I use those too. With the Miralax I haven't had problems at all. I am still unsure of why he wanted the switch. I admit, it would be nicer to take a pill. I'll give it a bit more and see.

 
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