Compare Colace vs. Dok-plus

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

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Softens your stools.

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

3.6/ 5 average rating with 125 reviewsforColace
Relieves occasional constipation.

Dok-plus (docusate and senna) is a good choice to help relieve constipation, but should only be used occasionally.

Upsides
  • Safer than laxatives.
  • Available over-the-counter.
  • Safe to use in children as young as 2 years old.
  • This medicine is commonly used to help relieve occasional constipation.
  • Generally tolerable with few side effects.
  • There are many different formulations available over the counter, including generic.
  • Can take this medicine once a day.
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.
  • Doesn't offer immediate relief and is not meant for regular use.
  • Need to remember to separate your other medicines with Dok-plus (docusate and senna).
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Enema
  • Liquid
  • Pill
Price
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Reviews
125 reviews so far
66%
saidit'sworth it
49%
saiditworked well
13%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
The Colace (docusate) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Dok-plus (docusate and senna) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Complete or partial blockage of intestines
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  • Stomach problems
  • Using mineral oil at the same time
  • Length of use
  • Use in children
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