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What are stool softeners?

Stool softeners are an effective laxative that can help prevent and treat constipation. Stool softeners help your body with constipation by pulling water into the intestines to mix with the stool, making a bowel movement easier. Common stool softeners go by the brand names of Colace and Kaopectate.

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