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I have a large hard stool that I need to soften quickly so

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I have a large hard stool that I need to soften quickly so it can pass. Any ideas?
JA: Have you seen a doctor about this yet? What medications are you taking?
Customer: No my bowels just started to want it out about 2 hours ago but it is too large to pass
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: I have been taking a codeine drug for major dental surgery but stopped it about 3 days ago
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Norm S. replied 7 months ago.

Codeine is constipating, so that's the likely cause of your problem.

There is no good way to soften your hard stool, but there are ways to help it to pass.

I would suggest a Fleet's enema, which you can get at any drugstore. That will soften the stool up somewhat, and help it to pass.

You may or may not need something to soften your stools after that, such as milk of magnesia. Best regards.

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
I knew codeine is constipating. The stool is a ball the size of a tangerine. I don't think softening it somewhat is what I did. Any other ideas?
Expert:  Dr. Norm S. replied 7 months ago.

The enema should work. That's what I would do.