Can a yogurt containing probiotics replace an otc stool softener?

Patient

Q: Can a yogurt containing probiotics replace an otc stool softener?

Doctor

A:   Thanks for your question.

No, a yogurt containing probiotics can't replace an otc stool softener. Stool softeners are also called 'laxatives'. They do have a different role. Prebiotics, in fact, maintain the GIT flora and may be used for even loose motions.

Hope this helps.

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