Docusate Calcium and Colace are two good stool softeners, according to WebMD. Stool softeners are one of four different kinds of products designed to treat or prevent constipation. The other three are osmotic laxatives, ... More » Health Medications & Vitamins

Dangers of taking stool softeners include allergic reactions and stomach problems such as cramping and diarrhea, according to WebMD. Long term use of stool softeners may cause electrolyte imbalance, reports Mayo Clinic. More » Health Medications & Vitamins Side Effects

According to Melodie Anne Coffman for SFGate, many foods function as natural stool softeners due to their high soluble or insoluble fiber content, such as corn, green beans, spinach, plums, cherries and apples. Ground fl... More » Health Medications & Vitamins Vitamins & Supplements

Laxatives are divided into several categories: osmotics, such as Milk of Magnesia or Miralax; bulk-forming, including Metamucil or Benefiber; stool softeners, such as Colace; stimulants, such as Senokot; and rectal stimu... More » Health Medications & Vitamins

Colace, which is a stool softener containing docusate, may be substituted with natural stool softeners and digestive aids such as mineral oil, fiber intake, an Epsom saltwater mixture, walking and drinking plenty of wate... More »

According to MedicineNet, stool softeners provide preventative care for constipation and their design is not to treat it, while stimulant laxatives irritate the lining of the intestines and force stool through the body. ... More »

According to the Mayo Clinic, stool softeners are generally considered to be safe when taken during pregnancy. Stool softeners are not likely to harm a developing baby because little of the active ingredient in stool sof... More » Health Medications & Vitamins