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Colace (Docusate Sodium)
Colerace Use and Information
Colace (Docusate Sodium)
Colace is a laxative which means it is a stool softener. It is used in the treatment of cases of occasional constipation or constipation associated with certain medical conditions. It acts by increasing the amount of water and fat being absorbed by the stools; thus, making them softer and easier to pass through the gut. Colace is used where straining to have a bowel movement must be avoided like after a surgery or heart attack.
Colace is not a stimulant laxative; thus, it is not effective in the treatment of an existing constipation condition. Colace is available in oral and rectal preparations, and it is an OTC (over the counter) drug. So, you can buy Colace without the prescription from a doctor.
Colace 100 mg is easily available online at Canada Pharmacy.
Active ingredient (comes in 2 strengths):
- Docusate Sodium 100mg
- Docusate Sodium 50mg
Colace must be taken as prescribed by your doctor. Colace tablet/capsule must be taken with a full glass of water or juice (8 ounces) at bedtime. The tablet should be swallowed whole and must not be broken, chewed or crushed. Colace in liquid form is supplied a special measuring syringe or spoon to calculate your dose accurately.
Mix your dose with 6 to 8 ounces of milk, juice or infant formula and immediately drink the mixture. The bowel movement should take place within 12 to 72 hours.
Colace enema should never be taken by mouth and should be inserted into the rectum. The bowel movement should occur within 2 to 15 minutes.
Dosage will be based on the patient’s condition and regulated by your physician. If diarrhea develops, decrease your dose or stop taking Colace.
Before starting your treatment with Colace, consult your doctor if there is any history of the following conditions.
- Allergy to Docusate
- Nausea, vomiting
- Severe stomach pain
- Blockage of intestines
- On a low salt diet
- Any sudden change in bowel habits
Consult your physician if any of the side effects related to Colace usage occur. These may include:
- Bitter taste
- Irritation around rectum
- Throat irritation
- Rectal bleeding
- Numbness or rash around the rectum
- Lightheadedness, fainting
- Continued constipation, no bowel movement
Product Code: 127
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