Stool softeners, which are emollient laxatives that cancontain the ingredient ducosate, can take at least a week before they are effective, relates WebMD. Stool softeners also are not as effective for chronic constipatio... More » Health Medications & Vitamins

Stool softeners are considered a type of laxative, according to Mayo Clinic. Over-the-counter stool softeners such as Colace and Surfak moisten stools, making them easier to pass via bowel movements. More » Health Medications & Vitamins

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

Fiber-bulking agents, lubricant laxatives, stool softeners, osmotic laxatives and stimulant laxatives are all effective at relieving minor constipation, according to WebMD. However, the regular use of stimulant laxatives... 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 »

Most anal fissures can be treated at home by avoiding constipation, taking laxatives or stool softeners, using sitz baths, and using over-the-counter hemorrhoid creams, states WebMD. Patients may use baby wipes instead o... More » Health Pain & Symptoms

Temporary and quick cures for constipation include lubricant laxatives, saline laxatives, stool softeners and enemas, notes These medications are only recommended for short-term use, says WebMD. Bulk-for... More » Health Pain & Symptoms