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before travel, I would use colace stool softener instead of laxatives.
laxatives can be unpredictable and can cause you to have to go urgently when you are traveling.
stool softeners may be better for you before and during travel.
I would take both both stool softeners and your laxatives on your trip just in case.
Do I stop taking the stool softener before taking a laxative/
yes, stop taking the stool softener if you are going to take a laxative.