Compare Dulcolax vs. Colace
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
Dulcolax (Bisacodyl) works fast and the suppositories work even faster to relieve your constipation, as long as you're okay with it "cramping" your style a bit.
Colace (docusate) softens the stool, but may not stimulate a bowel movement as quickly as a laxative.
- Most people said it was worth taking and it wasn't too much of a hassle.
- Tablets give overnight relief of your constipation.
- Dulcolax can also be used to treat constipation caused by spinal cord injury.
- Suppositories give you quick relief without having to drink a large amount of liquid medicine.
- Safer than laxatives.
- Available over-the-counter.
- Safe to use in children as young as 2 years old.
- Dulcolax can cause cramping, stomach upset, feeling faint, and the feeling that you "have to go right now".
- You have to be comfortable with putting the medicine in your rectum.
- Suppositories can cause slight rectal burning.
- 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.
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- Bowel blockage
Age 60 or older
...and 3 more risk factors
- Laxative dependence
Age 60 or greater
...and 2 more risk factors
- Risk to fetus
Women of childbearing age