Colace

(docusate)

3.6/ 5 average rating with 125 reviewsforColace
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Softens your stools.

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Our bottom line

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

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Quick facts about Colace
  • Drug class: Gastrointestinal
  • Rx status: Over-the-counter
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (docusate)

Upsides

  • Safer than laxatives.
  • Available over-the-counter.
  • Safe to use in children as young as 2 years old.
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People’s experience with Colace

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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.
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How it works

Colace (docusate) allows water to penetrate and soften the stool.

Quick facts about Colace
  • Drug class: Gastrointestinal
  • Rx status: Over-the-counter
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (docusate)

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Dosage forms

  • Pill
  • Enema
  • Liquid
People’s experience with Colace

125reviews so far. What do you think?

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What to expect when you take Colace (docusate) for Constipation

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  • Possible side effects
  • Changes in taste
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Cramping
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Risks and Warnings for Colace (docusate)

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  • Stop taking Colace (docusate) and call your doctor right away if you have nausea, vomiting, or stomach pain that doesn't go away. Also, if you have rectal bleeding or no bowel movement after taking Colace (docusate) for 7 days, stop using it and talk to your doctor.