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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 flaxseed is exceptionally high in fiber and helps a ...


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, stimulant laxatives and bulking agents.


Some products that soften stool include Colace, Correctol, Ex-Lax and Fleet Sof-Lax, according to MedlinePlus. Combination products that soften stool include Gentlax S, Senokot S, Peri-Colace and Ex-Lax Gentle Strength.


According to Mayo Clinic, stools can be softened by a person eating high-fiber foods like fruits, oats, bran and vegetables. Eating whole-grain cereal and drinking additional fluids can also help to soften stools.


Vegetables, fruits, high-fiber cereals and even certain spices can soften stool, reports Pelvic Exercises. Some fiber supplements can soften stool as well. Soft stool can be helped along by eating 25 to 30 grams of fiber per day and drinking plenty of water.


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 rectal bleeding and allergic reactions.


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 during recovery after childbirth and certain surgerie...