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Constipation in Adults

You might consider a "stool softener."

Brands of the popular medicine "docusate" (Colace, Surfak) were designed to make it easier for stools to absorb water through their surface. Although some people report that they have more frequent stools or more ease in passing stools after using these medicines, a significant measurable benefit has not been demonstrated in the several small studies that have examined the medicines in this class.

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