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What is Colace (Docusate Sodium) prescribed for?


Being constipated means your bowel movements are tough or happen less often than normal. It is not normally a serious issue, and almost everyone has gone through it in the past. However getting your back on track will make you feel a hundred times better. Some of the symptoms are fewer bowel movements, straining, hard or small stools, a sense that everything didn’t come out, and belly bloating.

Colace is a medication used in the treatment towards constipation.  This medication is often used as a stool softener for patients having difficulties in having a proper bowel movement, often after an individual may have had a heart attack or surgery. This medication works by increasing the amount of water the stool absorbs in the gut, allowing the stool to soften and easier to pass.

This medication comes in a singular dose, which is 100mg. Remember your dose is based on your medical background and your overall response to the treatment. If your doctor or pharmacist has given you some information in the form of a pamphlet, take the time to read up on this drug, and if you have any questions or concerns regarding this medication, please consult your doctor.

This medication is usually taken by mouth. Often taken at bedtime, with a full glass of water or juice, or as directed by your doctor. The dosage given to you is based on your medical record and your response to the treatment. Decrease your dose or stop taking the medication if you develop diarrhea.

Use this medication only when needed. Do not use this medication for more than 1 week unless directed by your doctor.


Before taking this medication, advise your doctor if you are allergic to Docusate Sodium, or if you have any other allergies.

Speak with your doctor of your medical history before taking this medication, especially if you have had any of the following; severe abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, sudden change in bowel habits over the previous 2 weeks.

If you are pregnant, this medication should only be taken if clearly needed. Speak if your doctor for all your options.

Side Effects

Stomach pain, diarrhea, or cramping may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor promptly.

There is some serious side effects to this medication, and if you are encountering any of them, notify your doctor right away. These side effects are listed below; rectal bleeding.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.


What is Colace?

Colace is typically referred to as a stool softener. But what is Docusate Sodium and exactly how does Docusate Sodium work? This medication is used to treat occasional constipation. Stool softeners such as Colace are often the first method used for preventing and treating this type of constipation. Normally this medication is given when you are straining to have a bowel movement, and when such conditions should be avoided. Examples of such are after having a heart attack and after a surgery. So how does Colace work in the body?  Generally, this medication works by increasing the amount of water the stool absorbs in the gut, which in turn makes the stool softer and easier to pass. This medication comes in the singular strength of 100mg. If you have any questions regarding this medication or any inquiries in general, feel free to give us a call at our toll free number 1-877-385-8998.


How long does it take for Colace to work?

After you have taken your dose, this medication should begin to work within 12 to 72 hours, so in general somewhere in the time frame of 1 to 3 days. Within that time frame you should have a bowel movement without as much straining or pain.


How long does Colace stay in your system?

72 hours is the longest it should stay within your system, since it is the longest amount of time it may take your body to have a bowel movement. If per chance your symptoms have not improved past the 72 hour mark you should speak with your doctor.


When to take Colace?

This medication should be taken by mouth, at bedtime, with a full glass of water or juice. Remember, the dosage is based on your condition and response to therapy. As to how long can you take Colace? Keep in mind that you are only to use this medicine when needed, do not use it for more than one week at time unless directed to you otherwise by your doctor.


What is the generic name for Colace?

Colace has the active ingredient within it called Docusate Sodium, the generic name for Colace is the same as the active ingredient, Docusate Sodium. 

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