Compare Colace vs. Lactulose

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Colace
(docusate)

Generlac
(lactulose)

Softens things up. Colace (Docusate) takes longer to work that some alternatives, but it's a more comfortable way to relieve constipation.Coming soon.
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Best available price for 60 (100mg) capsules of colace
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4.93Colace
Reviews for Colace
66%
of people (All ages) say Colace is worth it
49%
say it works well
13%
say it's a big hassle
125 reviews
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Side effects
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How it works
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Colace (Docusate) is a stool softener. It allows both fats and water into stool, which softens it and makes it easier to pass.Coming soon.
Type of medication
ColaceLactulose
Over-the-counter
Available as
ColaceLactulose
  • Pill
  • Liquid
Used for
ColaceLactulose
  • Constipation Hepatic Encephalopathy Treatment And Prophylaxis
Risk factors for serious side effects
ColaceLactulose
  • Age 60 or older
  • Taking medications that cause constipation
  • People who can't walk or move well (immobility)
  • Malignancy
Detailed Colace (docusate) risks & warnings »
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    Pregnancy

    The FDA hasn’t classified this medicine’s effects on unborn babies. Talk with your doctor about this medicine if you’re pregnant or planning on it.

    Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

    Food
    ColaceLactulose
    • Talk to you doctor about eating certain foods and getting more exercise to help prevent your constipation.
    No food related info.
    Pain
    ColaceLactulose
    • Ask your doctor before taking Colace if you have stomach pain, nausea, vomiting or had sudden changes in your stool for more than 2 weeks.
    No pain related info.
    Upsides and benefits
    ColaceLactulose
    • Colace is a gentle, non-irritating, non-stimulant constipation reliever.
    • It doesn't cause cramping or the uncomfortable feeling that you "have to go right now".
    • Most people feel Colace is worth the hassle.
    • It's safe to use short-term during pregnancy and if you're breast-feeding, but you should still check with your baby doctor first.
    • Colace is used to prevent straining in people who recently had a heart attack.
    • It's a good choice after surgery, giving birth, or when you have hemorrhoids.
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    Downsides and risks
    ColaceLactulose
    • May take up to 12 to 72 hours to take effect.
    • People who are older have medical conditions and take a lot of medicines may need more than 200 mg a day to get results.
    • It may be weaker than alternatives since it isn't a laxative. Studies show that stool softeners like Colace may be less effective than psyllium when it comes to treating constipation.
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    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    ColaceLactulose
    • It's best to take daily doses at bedtime or you can take it twice a day, but not for more than one week. Works in about 12-72 hours.
    • Ask your doctor about giving Colace to anyone younger than 2 years.
    • Don't use if you're taking mineral oil for constipation. Ask your doctor first.
    • Ask your doctor before taking Colace if you have stomach pain, nausea, vomiting or had sudden changes in your stool for more than 2 weeks.
    • Check with your baby doctor before using or if you're pregnant or breastfeeding.
    • Talk to you doctor about eating certain foods and getting more exercise to help prevent your constipation.
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