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Is Colace (docusate sodium) just as beneficial as drinking Optifiber in water? The brand of mix I use is made by Xymogen highly recommended but it is expensive.

Is Colace (docusate sodium) just as beneficial as drinking Optifiber in water?  The brand of mix I use is made by Xymogen highly recommended but it is expensive.

Colace (docusate sodium) vs fiber: Fiber is superior to any ducosate product for colon health and regularity. Aim to eat 5 or more servings of fruit and veg per day. Add high fiber oatmeal. Add bran. If this seems too much, start with high fiber oatmeal daily, one apple or pear daily, two dried prunes or apricots daily, plus Optifiber. Drink 48 oz of fluid daily as minimum. Walk daily. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Docusate Sodium (Definition)

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Is docusate sodium a laxative?

Docusate: Technically, colace (docusate sodium) is a stool softener. Docusate has been shown to be minimally effective. There are much better choices for maintaining an effective bowel regimen. ...Read more

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How often can I safely ingest docusate sodium?

No wrong way.: Very safe up to 4 times per day. Docusate sodium is a soap which is not absorbed. There is no wrong way to take it. If you find that taking it in a certain way is better for you, by all means, continue. ...Read more

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Colace (docusate sodium) or ducolax which is better?

Dulcolax: Dulcolax probably better in an acute situations with no bowel movements in few days. Colace (docusate sodium) is sometimes used on a daily basis for patients with a tendency to constipation and it takes longer for its effect. Given your age would suggest light exercise and good hydration along with a high fiber diet. ...Read more

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How long can I use per-colace for constipation?

How long can I use per-colace for constipation?

Usually 1-2 tabs/d: For a week. If you have not responded in that time you should go see your doc. Also, you should also examine your diet and eliminate foods known to cause constipation - rice, grains, barley, milk- and split peas. ...Read more

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Is it ok to use colace (docusate sodium) long term?

Not the best.: Instead of using Colace (docusate sodium) a long term, a better approach would be to increase the amount of fiber in your diet and consider a fiber supplement, such as Metamucil, daily. When you do that, you should ramp up the fiber slowly, to avoid getting gassy, and you should increase the amount of fluid intake in addition. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is difference between taking magnezium 250mg a day or 2 docusate sodium a day, and how long should I stay on either one of them.

What is difference between taking magnezium 250mg a day or 2 docusate sodium a day, and how long should I stay on either one of them.

Both work: By increasing the water content of stool.You should not use longer that a few days without being under the care of a physician. Magnesium might be a little stronger. ...Read more

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When are there side effects of docusate sodium?

When are there side effects of docusate sodium?

GI mostly, : Can cause diarrhea, cramps, elctrolyte (blood chemistry) abnormalities, rarely rash or throat irritation. Side effects within 1-3 days. ...Read more

Dr. Al Hegab
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Colace (Definition)

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