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Do stool softeners have any side effects?

Side effects of stool softeners include intestinal cramping, stomach discomfort, and throat irritation. Also, some laxatives may prohibit the absorption of medications and nutrients into your system. Extended use of a laxative may cause you to develop an electrolyte imbalance. If you experience any of these complications, you should contact your doctor about an alternative course of action.

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