A stool softener should be taken when constipation and straining must be avoided so stools are easily passed. Stool softeners can be useful for people with hemorrhoids, anal fissures, hernias, high blood pressure and dur... More »

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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 »

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Side effects of stool softener, or laxative, use include diarrhea, stomach pain and cramping, according to WebMD. Throat irritation is a side effect of liquid forms of stool softener medication. Rare side effects include... More »

The symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, in women varies because each individual has different symptoms, but the main symptoms include abdominal pain, abdominal cramping, a bloated stomach, diarrhea, constipatio... More »

The most common symptoms of spastic colon are pain in the abdomen, cramping, gas, bloating, mucus in the stool, diarrhea and constipation, according to the Mayo Clinic. Spastic colon is another term for irritable bowel s... More »

MedicineNet states that extreme cases of constipation are often associated with fecal impaction, which causes stool to harden to the point that no waste may pass. Some acute cases of constipation can be extremely painful... More »

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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 »