Best Stool Softeners

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What is the Best Stool Softener?

Stomach pain. Cramping. Hard stools. We’ve all been there, and it’s nothing to be ashamed of.

According to various sources, constipation is the most common gastrointestinal problem in the United States, accounting for nearly 2.5 million ambulatory care physician visits every year.

The most common culprits are an imbalanced diet, insufficient fluid intake, and a lack of exercise. The best way to treat constipation is to focus on these underlying causes. However, with chronic constipation, it’s sometimes difficult to pin-point the cause(s).

Whatever the case, taking a stool softener (an over-the-counter medicine) provides temporary constipation relief by making your stool easier to pass. Since they basically use the same active ingredients (Docusate Sodium, or Sennosides, if you're taking laxatives), there’s no such thing as a “best” stool softener.

However, you can find all of the products you need to overcome this problem and get a regular bowel movement, on Cabinet. 

If you’re looking for constipation relief (without the use of any stimulants), you should get the standard Stool Softener. In case you’re looking for a more powerful reliever, consider the Stool Softener & Laxative.

If you struggle with occasional constipation, our standard stimulant Laxative – Sennosides is the best solution. For indigestion and constipation, get our brand of Antacids.

Let’s take a look at these products in more detail.

Stool Softener

The product relieves constipation gently without the use of any stimulants. Stool softeners provide temporary, yet instant relief from constipation by making the waste softer and easier to pass.

How does it work? The softgels include Docusate Sodium (100mg) as the active ingredient. It is a stool softener laxative (also known as an “Osmotic” laxative) that helps stool absorb more water than usual from the intestine, making it softer, and therefore, easier to pass. 

What should I know about it? Always take this medicine with a glass of water. Furthermore, make sure that you keep yourself hydrated afterward (since the medicine promotes the absorption of water). Finally, since the softgels resemble orange candy, keep them out of the reach of children.

Compares to: Colace® Gel Caps

Best for: This product is best for people who can’t put too much strain on their muscles while passing stool (such as old people, patients of hemorrhoids, etc.). Furthermore, since there are no stimulants, stool softeners are usually safe for breastfeeding mothers and pregnant women. Ask your health care provider for medical advice. 


This product provides gentle relief from occasional constipation by leveraging a stimulant. It is a classic, over-the-top solution when a standard stool softener doesn’t work.

How does it work? Unlike stool softeners that don’t directly interact with your body, Sennosides offer relief by stimulating the intestinal walls, causing the muscles to contract, resulting in a bowel movement (that usually takes place between 6 to 12 hours after intake).

What should I know about it? For best results, take the laxative at bedtime. If you’re on other medications, don’t take it within 2 hours of them. Unless instructed by a health care professional, don’t continue taking the product after a week. 

Compares to: Senokot® (Senna)

Best for: Individuals who need relief from occasional constipation, and don’t have any history of an underlying complication, such as appendicitis, allergies, heart problems, etc. Talk to your physician before taking this medicine. 

Stool Softener & Laxative

If a stool softener and a stimulant don’t work on their own, try consuming them together. This product combines the effects of these two types of laxatives for powerful (overnight) constipation relief. 

How does it work? The Docusate Sodium (stool softener) draws out water from your gut and transfers it to your stool, whereas the Sennosides stimulates the intestinal walls, causing contractions. The result? A highly effective, yet gentle relief from constipation, thanks to the dual-mechanism of this laxative.

What should I know about it? It's best that you take this medicine with a big glass of water (and maintain a heavy fluid-intake afterward). Furthermore, don't consume the product within 2 hours of another medication. 

Compares to: Senokot-S® (Senna-S)

Best for: People who don’t have any underlying complications and are looking for quick and powerful relief from constipation. 


Primarily meant to treat indigestion, the product can also be used as a laxative to provide constipation-relief (without any stimulant).

How does it work? Each tablet contains 400mg of Magnesium Oxide – an antacid that can reduce acidity and also works as a laxative by drawing water into your gut and promoting bowel movement.

What should I know about it? There’s a risk of diarrhea, so it’s advised that you don’t take this medicine while traveling. Furthermore, like Sennosides, avoid taking this medicine within 2 hours of another medication. 

Compares to: Phillips Magnesium Caplets

Best for: Individuals who want relief from both acidity/indigestion and constipation (without stimulating the intestinal walls). 

Why Choose Cabinet?

Here’s why you should shop for stool softeners and laxatives from Cabinet.

Delivered to Your Doorstep

First and foremost, Cabinet will deliver everything to your doorstep. Just place the order on our website and we’lll get you the medicine you need in no time.

We deliver all over the US, except Oregon, and Louisiana.

Priced Right

All of our products are fairly priced. We never overcharge our medicine. In fact, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the worsening economic conditions, we’re offering a “Pay-what-you-can" policy, under which deserving customers will be entitled to special discounts.


All of the products come from manufacturers in India who follow ethical practices and are FDA-audited. 

These manufacturers are experts in their domains, carry years of experience, and have worked with Achal’s family (the CEO of Cabinet) for generations. The products delivered to your doorstep are rigorously tested and meet all quality and safety standards.

Completely Transparent

Whether it’s our core operations or the medicines we offer, we have nothing to hide.

The stool softeners, the stimulant laxatives, and antacid (along with all of the other products) come in NFC-enabled packaging. What this means is that you can scan the Cabinet logo on any of our bottles and get all product information (its ingredients, uses, possible side-effects, etc.).

Curated by Experts

Last but not least, all of our products are curated by highly experienced pharmacists, physicians, and caregivers who understand the complications, hidden risks, and best solutions associated with different ailments.

What are the Symptoms of Constipation?

These are the classic symptoms of constipation:

1. Passing only 3 stools a week

2. Feeling a blockage in your stomach

3. Rectal bleeding (as a result of hard stool that passes slowly)

4. Abdominal pain (usually resulting from bloating and/or the “blockage” in the intestines)

5. Having a feeling of “fullness” in the gut even after you visit the toilet

If any of these symptoms persist, seek medical help.

Are There Any Side-Effects of Stool Softeners?

Stool softeners are usually safe and don’t pose any risk to the patient.

However, you may experience the following side-effects:

1. Nausea

2. Stomach cramps or pain

3. Throat irritation (this results from liquid gels that are consumed orally)

Some of the more dangerous side-effects include rash, hives, and fever. Visit your doctor immediately if you feel any of these symptoms.

Are There Any Side-Effects of Taking Stimulant Laxatives?

Like stool softeners, stimulant laxatives (Sennosides) have some side-effects. 

These include:

1. Abdominal cramps

2. Bloating

3. Nausea

4. Pinkish, reddish, or brownish urine

More serious side-effects include rectal bleeding and inflammation in the kidneys. Contact your general physician to learn more.

Are There Any Side-Effects of Taking Antacids?

Apart from diarrhea (already mentioned above), here are some common side-effects of taking antacids:

1. Flatulence

2. Abdominal cramps

3. Nausea

Some antacids aren't recommended for children who are under 12 years of age. The same goes for pregnant women. Consult your GP to learn more.

How to Avoid Constipation

Stool softeners, stimulants, and antacids can deliver temporary relief. However, the goal is to treat the underlying cause and prevent getting constipated again.

While in chronic cases, treating the underlying causes of constipation can be difficult, for occasional cases, you can avoid the discomfort by making the following changes in your lifestyle:

1. Consume food that is high in fiber, such as fruits (especially apples and pears), vegetables (especially potatoes), whole-grain cereals, bran, and beans.

2. Increase your intake of fluids.

3. Try to develop a workout regime (stress can also cause constipation).

4. Avoid or limit meat, dairy, and processed food.

5. Consume mineral oil, since it can act as a lubricant laxative. 

Most importantly, don’t ignore nature’s call. Preventing the urge to pass stool can dry it up, making you constipated.

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