Well for what it's worth, I had been trying diet, fiber con, etc. and my doctor kept saying - no all you need is a simple stool softener. He said it wouldn't add bulk to my tract but keep my stool more consistent. So I'm jumping in here and saying I was leary of taking Colace, because the box states it's a laxative. I avoided it for a few years until my doctor said - here take some samples I have. I tried the 100 mg dose but it was too strong. For a while I tried taking it every 36 hours, not 24, but it became confusing because I'd have to take it one morning, but then the evening of the next day. And 48 hours apart was confusing too. Once I discovered Colace comes in 50 mg doses, which is a pediatric dose, and can be ordered thru any pharmacy, I just didn't think a simple stool softener would help like it has. Of course I still go a lot each day but at least it is predictable and not D.
I also take a probiotic, Nature's Way, each evening too.
- Rectal Cancer 4/29/99, Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 8 weeks later)
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening