Take a stool softener twice a day; after breakfast and
after supper. One rounded teaspoon, or one packet, in one
half (1/2) glass of water or fruit juice. It will mix best
in a shaker or blender. Mix and drink it quickly because
it becomes thick and hard to swallow. Follow each dose with
a full glass of water. Make sure you drink a total of eight
(8) glasses of water every day. (If you are on a weight
reduction diet, or wish to curb your appetite, then the
stool softener may be taken between 15 and 30 minutes before
The following stool softeners may be used:
There are many other non-stimulant stool softeners and
your pharmacist will be happy to suggest others to you.
It should be one that is mixed with water and not in the
pill form. No prescriptions are needed for these.
All these stool softeners are food substances and not medicines
or purgatives. They can be taken for constipation, whenever
necessary, for the rest of your life. You cannot become
dependent upon them or develop a tolerance to them. Do not
take any stimulant laxative.
If you can't tolerate a mixed stool softener or if the
mixed stool softener is not effective, then you may substitute
Milkinol®, 1 tablespoon mid-morning
If you absolutely must take a pill, then Fibercon®
is suggested. Follow the instructions on the package. It
might work better if you continue taking Milkinol®
Be warned that this diet may make you feel bloated and
gassy for four (4) to six (6) weeks or until your system
becomes accustomed to the additional amount of fiber. Do
not stop the diet because of gas or bloating unless they
are accompanied by cramping. In this case, please call the
office for advice.
Stools should be soft but formed. Both diarrhea and constipation
should be avoided. Should you have more than two (2) bowel
movements a day, reduce the stool softener dose to once
a day. This may be either in the morning or the evening,
whatever works best for you.
Do not let yourself go more than three (3) days without
a bowel movement. If you miss two (2) days and do not have
a bowel movement on the morning of the third day, then take
an enema consisting of one (1) quart of plain, warm tap
water. Do this while lying you your back or left side and
run the water in slowly.