Question about IBS-C and colace
I am IBS-C (pain pred) for 10+ years. Recently, my problem has truned more to constipation. I can usually go everyday, but often it takes alot of straining. If I dont stay on top of things with fiber cereal and water, I can get large impossible to pass stools.
My doctor told me to take Colace (stool softener). He told me I should take it every day or every other day. I know this isnt peri-colace, which is more a laxative. This doesnt help you go, it helps you go easier (like the commercial says) LOL. I asked him if this would be safe, arent laxatives addictive. He said the colace isnt a laxative and its not addictive. Is this true?
Anyway, I am concerned about taking it every other day. I know he said its not a laxative, but is this healthy? I dont want to become dependant on them as I already take them 1-2x a week as a security measure. I never want to have the impacted rectum again!!!!
Anyone with insight or advice, please help.
Oh and also I have tried all bulk fibers (cirtucel, metamucil, etc) and they do not work for me. My doctor told me to finally stop using them after several attempts. He said many females cannot handle them.