Compare Dok-plus vs. Metamucil

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

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Relieves occasional constipation.

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

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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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).
  • 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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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Powder
Price
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Reviews
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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 Dok-plus (docusate and senna) 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
  • Stomach problems
  • Using mineral oil at the same time
  • Length of use
  • Use in children
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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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