Compare Colace vs. Metamucil
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
Colace (docusate) softens the stool, but may not stimulate a bowel movement as quickly as a laxative.
The natural psyllium fiber in Metamucil (Psyllium) does more than relieve constipation. It lowers cholesterol, keeps blood sugar levels healthy, and makes you feel less hungry between meals.
- Safer than laxatives.
- Available over-the-counter.
- Safe to use in children as young as 2 years old.
- Psyllium is the most recommended brand of natural fiber laxative
- Some people feel that taking Psyllium is a hassle, but most think it's worth it.
- It has multiple health benefits, good to control your hunger between meals, improves your blood sugar and lowers cholesterol levels.
- Studies show it works better than a stool softener for constipation.
- May take up to 5 days for the full effects to kick in.
- Intended to be used only as a short-term solution for occasional constipation. Other options such as fiber supplements may be more useful for maintaining regular bowel movements.
- You may have to take Psyllium daily for 1-3 days to see full effects.
- If you don't take it with enough liquid, it could swell, block your throat and cause choking.
- Not the best choice for people who have swallowing problems or aren't able to drink lots of liquids.
- Psyllium contains psyllium. Don't take if you have an allergy to psyllium from breathing it in or swallowing it.
- Can cause gas and mild belly cramps.
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- Bowel blockage
Age 60 or older
...and 3 more risk factors
- Serious allergic reaction
Sensitivity to psyllium