Q. Kindly suggest me some good stool softeners to avoid constipation.

Answered by
Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
Published on Nov 28, 2018

Hello doctor,

I am 41 years old, male having severe constipation. The stool is very hard. Hence difficulty passing it. Please suggest some good stool softener. Tablet form would be preferred. Any other medicine?

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Cardiology General Medicine Internal Medicine


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For that, you should eat high fiber diet like fruits, apple, banana, oranges, green leafy vegetables like spinach, raw cucumber. Avoid smoking if any, refined food, fatty, and oily food. You should have plenty of fluids and regular exercises. Lifestyle modifications are advisable to maintain the response. Also, it is worthwhile to get a thyroid test done if not had recently. In medicines, we usually prescribe tablets like Bisacodyl 5 to 10 mg depending upon the response, bedtime once a day. Also in syrup, there are options like Cremaffin plus 15 to 30 ml bedtime to maintain your stool soft.

Thank you doctor,

I have tried Bisacodyl but it does not work because the stool is very hard. I am looking for a good stool softener. Can you please suggest a stool softener?

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Cardiology General Medicine Internal Medicine


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You should have psyllium husk (Isphagula) 10 to 15 gm twice a day with meals. This will soften your stool. Over and above if constipation persists or not responding then it is better to have a syrup Cremaffin plus 15 to 30 ml bedtime depending upon the need.

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