Colace (Docusate Sodium)

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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.

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 happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?

There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.


What is the best dosage to take?

The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.


What happens if I miss a dose?

You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.


What is the best way to store this medication?

This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.

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