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Can I take (1) standard 17g dose of Miralax (polyethylene glycol) in addition to 100mg Docusate Sodium for short term (2-3 days) issues with constipation?

Can I take (1) standard 17g dose of Miralax (polyethylene glycol) in addition to 100mg Docusate Sodium for short term (2-3 days) issues with constipation?

Yes you can: The most important thing in constipation is hydration and adjusting eating habits to more fruits and vegetables and avoiding pop and soda. I encourage you to eat more fibers. In addition, taking stool softeners and laxatives from time to time might be helpful. ...Read more

Dr. Chad Levitt
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11/30 I had a fundloplication & hernia repair. I have taken colace daily & M of M 45ml q12 hrs x 3 doses with no results. I am on oxycodone and in pain; can't take NSAIDS d/t interaction. Liquid diet for 4 weeks. What else can I do for constipation?

11/30 I had a fundloplication & hernia repair. I have taken colace daily & M of M 45ml q12 hrs x 3 doses with no results. I am on oxycodone and in pain; can't take NSAIDS d/t interaction. Liquid diet for 4 weeks. What else can I do for constipation?

Many next steps: As long as you are not having abdominal pain, there are many further steps to take. However, be aware that on a liquid diet your bowel movements may change, and you should consult the treating physician. The easiest next step would be Miralax (has many generic forms too), and would start with one ounce, and go up from there as per the label directions. Magnesium citrate (one bottle) is another. ...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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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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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

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Is it dangerous to use docusate sodium every day?

Is it dangerous to use docusate sodium every day?

Maybe not, but...: Before you contemplate long term laxative dependency, seek medical evaluation--rule out metabolic causes of constipation (e.g. Low thyroid or adrenal conditions), distinguish slow versus normal transit constipation, consider a primary rectal dysfunction that may be treatable with biofeedback, check for structural pathology or extrinsic impingement, or intermittent ileus (e.g. Pseudo-obstruction). ...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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