Compare Colace vs. Metamucil

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Colace (docusate)

Over-the-counter

Metamucil (Psyllium)

Over-the-counter
Softens your stools.

Colace (docusate) softens the stool, but may not stimulate a bowel movement as quickly as a laxative.

4.9/ 7 average rating with 125 reviewsforColace
Helps get things moving.

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.

5.2/ 7 average rating with 454 reviewsforMetamucil
Upsides
  • 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.
Downsides
  • 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.
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Enema
  • Liquid
  • Liquid
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Reviews
125 
66%
think this treatment is worth it
49%
think this treatment works well
13%
think this treatment is a hassle

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454 
71%
think this treatment is worth it
45%
think this treatment works well
10%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
The Colace (docusate) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Metamucil (Psyllium) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and warnings
See more detailed risks and warnings
  • Bowel blockage

    Age 60 or older

    ...and 3 more risk factors

  • Serious allergic reaction

    Sensitivity to psyllium

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