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Colace (docusate sodium) is an over-the-counter osmotic laxative commonly used in the management of occasional constipation. Its active ingredient, docusate sodium, works by increasing the amount of water that is drawn into the intestines, thereby softening the stool, and stimulating bowel movements. This makes it easier to pass stools, thereby providing relief from constipation.
Docusate (Colace) is a medication used to soften stools and relieve constipation. It works by drawing water and fat into the stool, making it softer and easier to pass through the gastrointestinal tract. This helps to relieve constipation and make bowel movements more comfortable.
Colace can reduce the pain or rectal damage caused by hard stools or by straining during bowel movements. Colace's availability without a prescription makes it a convenient and accessible option for those who suffer from occasional constipation.
Docusate is commonly used in the short-term management of constipation, to help prevent straining during defecation in patients who should not strain, such as those who have recently undergone anorectal surgery or experienced a myocardial infarction. Also, docusate is often used to evacuate the colon before rectal and bowel examinations and to prevent dry, hard stools.
Uses and Dosage
Colace (Docusate Sodium) is available in several formulations including capsules, drops, and syrup. It should be taken with a full glass of water, alongside enough fluids. This medication is taken orally, with or without food, typically once or twice daily in equal doses. It is advisable to start with a lower dose and increase it gradually as directed by a healthcare provider.
For adults, the usual dose for the treatment of constipation is 50 to 300 mg daily, divided into 1 to 4 doses. For children under the age of 2, it is best to consult with a physician before administering docusate sodium. For children aged 2 to 12, the recommended dose is 50 to 150 mg daily, divided into 1 to 4 doses.
The directions on the product label should be followed precisely. Do not take this medication more frequently than directed. Drinking enough fluids while taking Colace is important to help soften the stool.
Side effects of docusate include:
- Abdominal cramping
- Stomach pain
- Excessive bowel activity
- Intestinal obstruction
- Throat irritation
- Low electrolyte levels (excessive use)
- Dependence (excessive use)
Form and strength
Colace and its Generic Alternatives Docusate Sodium come forms and strengths:
Docusate Sodium Capsule
- Colace typically produces a bowel movement within 12 to 72 hours. If symptoms do not improve after 72 hours, contact your physician. When taking Colace, it is important to follow the instructions indicated on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take more or less than the recommended amount or for longer than recommended.
- Do not use this medicine for more than one week unless instructed to do so by your physician. If symptoms do not improve or if you have not had a bowel movement within 1 to 3 days, contact your doctor. Prolonged use of a stool softener can lead to serious medical complications.
- Colace should not be used if there is a blockage present in the intestines. Additionally, it should not be taken if the patient is experiencing nausea, vomiting, or severe abdominal pain. Docusate sodium should also not be taken with mineral oil, unless otherwise instructed by a physician.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What should I avoid while using Colace?
Avoid using mineral oil, unless told to do so by a doctor.
Where should I keep my medication?
Keep out of the reach of children. Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59- and 86-degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Since Colace is used when needed, you may not be on a dosing schedule. Skip any missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not use two doses at one time.
It's important to purchase Colace from verified Canadian pharmacy.