When are emollient stool softeners indicated in the treatment of constipation?

Updated: Jul 05, 2019
  • Author: Marc D Basson, MD, PhD, MBA, FACS; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Emollient stool softeners are easier to use, but they lose their effectiveness with long-term administration. These drugs are best reserved for prophylaxis in the short-term setting, as in patients receiving a postoperative narcotic prescription.


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