Who should not take stool softeners?

Anyone who is allergic to any of the ingredients found in this medication such as docusate should not take stool softeners. Persons with certain medical conditions, or individuals taking certain medication should not take stool softeners. Medical conditions include appendicitis, bowel obstruction, kidney disease, heart disease, irregular blood pressure, stomach pain, nausea, rectal bleeding, and phenylketonuria.

Medications that could interact with stool softeners include other types of laxatives, antacids, mineral oil, castor oil, blood thinners, antibiotics, and heart and bone medications.

Also, the use of stool softeners can be dangerous for children under the age of six and they should not be used by pregnant or breast-feeding women.

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