Compare Colace vs. Metamucil

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

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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.

3.6/ 5 average rating with 125 reviewsforColace
Helps get things moving.

Metamucil (psyllium) is a natural fiber that is cheap and effective at relieving constipation.

3.8/ 5 average rating with 454 reviewsforMetamucil
Upsides
  • Safer than laxatives.
  • Available over-the-counter.
  • Safe to use in children as young as 2 years old.
  • Inexpensive and available over-the-counter.
  • Made from a natural product.
  • Using Metamucil (psyllium) has multiple benefits, including relieving constipation, lowering cholesterol, and making you feel full.
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.
  • Metamucil (psyllium) can take up to 72 hours to relieve constipation.
  • Not the best choice for people who have swallowing problems or can't drink lots of liquids.
  • Metamucil (psyllium) can cause gas and stomach cramps.
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Used for
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Enema
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Powder
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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454 reviews so far
71%
saidit'sworth it
45%
saiditworked well
10%
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 Metamucil (psyllium) 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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  • Blockage of small or large intestine
    • Age 60 or older
    • Cancer
    • Taking medicines that cause constipation
    • Limited liquid intake
  • Choking
    • Limited liquid intake
    • Swallowing problems
  • Serious allergic reaction
    • Hypersensitivity to psyllium
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