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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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Taking colace 50mg for constipation with amiteza and synthroid (thyroxine). Legs ache and muscles hurt in lower legs What can I do and why is this?

Taking colace 50mg for constipation with amiteza and synthroid (thyroxine). Legs ache and muscles hurt in lower legs  What can I do and why is this?

Amitiza (lubiprostone) & thyroid: Amitiza (lubiprostone) can cause joint pain. How long have you been on this med? When was the last time your thyroid was checked? If real recent, was the blood work normal? Hypothyroidism can cause muscle spasms& joint pain even neuropathy type symptoms in the limbs. Drinking tonic H2O or club soda, which contains quinine; eating 1Tbsp mustard, or drinking apple cider vinegar may help muscles w/o prescription. ...Read more

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Is colace (docusate sodium) effective for constipation?

Colace (docusate sodium): ..can be effective for constipation. Also, make sure that you drink plenty of water and that you are eating plenty of vegetables (which increases your fiber content). ...Read more

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How much colace (docusate sodium) should be taking when feeling constipation?

Need laxative: Colace is a stool softener. For transient constipation, you should add a laxative. Pericolace (combination of stool softener and laxative) or Milk of Magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) (laxative). ...Read more

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What is an easy way to give my child liquid colace (docusate sodium) to help with his constipation?

What is an easy way to give my child liquid colace (docusate sodium) to help with his constipation?

No easy way: Liquid colace (docusate sodium) is super bitter- it would take a lot of something sweet to make it palable. Ask your physician if you could use MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) instead. It is over the counter, mixes well with juice and doesn't have a bitter after taste. Don't forget to increase fluids and whole fibers in your child's diet. Whole grains, whole apples, plums and pears will help. ...Read more

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Almost 2 weeks on lithium & i feel good. I prolly could use an lil more but I am constipation! i started colace (docusate sodium). Is that a side effect to lithium :|?

Almost 2 weeks on lithium & i feel good. I prolly could use an lil more but I am constipation!  i started colace (docusate sodium). Is that a side effect to lithium :|?

No: Your constipation is coming from your iron supplement. If it is persistent i would also have a thyroid level checked because hypothyroidism can cause constipation. Hypothyroidism is also a potential side effect of lithium but usually after long-term use. About 25% of people who use lithium will eventually develop hypothyroidism. I hope this helps. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take 100mg of docusate sodium daily for chronic constipation?

Is it safe to take 100mg of docusate sodium daily for chronic constipation?

Yes.: Other ways to maintain your plumbing: eat plenty of fruits and veggies, and fiber. Drink 8-10 glasses of water a day. Get moving 30-60 minutes every day. You can also take miralax, (polyethylene glycol) which is now over the counter. Good luck. ...Read more

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Often have constipation. Took Colace and Raisin Bran. Last 2 bm's have been round like a large ping pong ball. Colonoscopy in Aug. was fine. Cause?

?Dehydration: You may need to increase your intake of fiber and water. You may take a fiber laxative like Metamucil and drink enough water daily so that your urine is colorless. For the long term you may try to increase your intake of fiber foods. Consult this site for fiber foods. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/high-fiber-foods/art-20050948 ...Read more

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I have a sever Postpartum constipation i take colace (docusate sodium) and nothing happened .what can i do?

I have a sever Postpartum constipation i take colace (docusate sodium) and nothing happened .what can i do?

Constipation: Try a high fiber diet consisting orfruits, vegetables,nuts, figs prunes and raisins. Also eat high fiber cereal. Go easy on the milk and milk products. If diet doesn't helptry using miralax (polyethylene glycol) ...Read more

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Severe constipation for 1+yr. On amitiza, colace, & take mag citrate capsules daily - kept me going but not regular. had colonoscopy Mon. No BM since.

Severe constipation for 1+yr. On amitiza, colace, & take mag citrate capsules daily - kept me going but not regular. had colonoscopy Mon. No BM since.

Constipation: I assume that your colonoscopy was unrevealing. It is not unusual to go a few days without a bowel movement after getting thoroughly cleaned out for a colonoscopy. Your gastroenterologist will give you dietary advice as well as critique your treatment regimen.If you have no urge to have bm's,then softeners and stimulants are indicated. If you get urge, work from below with suppositories and enemas ...Read more

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Can Lidoderm patch on lower back cause constipation? I also take Ultram50mg. How safe is it to take a colace (docusate sodium) twice a day indefinitely?

Can Lidoderm patch on lower back cause constipation? I also take Ultram50mg. How safe is it to take a colace (docusate sodium) twice a day indefinitely?

Constipation concern: Constipation is a common side effect of Ultram, but not of Lidoderm. Change in bowel habits is a concern, and is best evaluated by your doctor, who will perform an examination and order appropriate tests. ...Read more

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I've been having constipation on and off for over a month. Some days are normal stools and other days I can't pass anything. This past week I've been taking colace for 3 days straight and it finally helped a little as I was able to pass some stools but I

I've been having constipation on and off for over a month. Some days are normal stools and other days I can't pass anything. This past week I've been taking colace for 3 days straight and it finally helped a little as I was able to pass some stools but I

Hydration and fiber: Constipation can frequently be relieved with increased dietary fiber and drinking plenty of water. One of the colon's primary jobs is to reabsorb water from the stool before it is excreted. If you are not drinking enough water the stool can become dry and hard, leading to constipation. Fruits and vegetables are a good source of dietary fiber. ...Read more

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Intractable pain, scs implanted, high morphine equivalent for survival. Severe constipation.Switched to relistor (methylnaltrexone). Worked 3 times, now 7 days can't go. Was on 12 osmoprep, 2 miralax & 3 colace.What now?

Intractable pain, scs implanted, high morphine equivalent for survival. Severe constipation.Switched to relistor (methylnaltrexone). Worked 3 times, now 7 days can't go. Was on 12 osmoprep, 2 miralax & 3 colace.What now?

Constipation: You need to seek out the md who manages your scs. It needs to be adjusted. Also morphine may need to be changed to a different drug. Your body may not have the same response to fentanyl or oxycontin. You have to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day and eat foods high in fiber. In addition to the colace and MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) the medicines are not substitutes for diet they are in addition. ...Read more

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Can I use colace as a miralax (polyethylene glycol) replacement every day for chronic constipation?

Up to your doctor: Talking with your own doctor about this will yield more personalized results -- it looks like you've had quite an extensive workup of your GI complaints. Being on chronic laxatives is likely to be unhealthy for you in the long run. Colace (docusate sodium) is a stool softener, not a laxative -- but some say it causes cramping. Hoping you and your doctor can arrive at a helpful plan. ...Read more

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Have IBS-C and was getting constipation pains (and constipation) for days.I started taking Docusate Sodium pills and now I'm all diarrhea.Correlation?

Have IBS-C and was getting constipation pains (and constipation) for days.I started taking Docusate Sodium pills and now I'm all diarrhea.Correlation?

Fatigue : So many factors can cause fatigue and body aches. Consider chemicals, cleaning agents, allergens you may be in contact with. Do you drink enough water daily? How's your diet? 5 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables? Are you taking care of yourself with exercise? ...Read more

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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

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Im 6 weeks pregnant & have bad constipation&am very bloated. Its bad. I have docusate sodium 100mg & was wondering if it was safe to take 6 instead of 1-3?

Follow the label: For now, follow the label on the docusate. Next, go see your OB doctor and ask what to do - it's going to be a long 9.5 months! make sure you are eating very healthy foods - avoid fast food, processed foods (like cheetos, frozen dinners, etc.). Eat lots of fresh veggies. Don't drink pop or fruit juice (stick to water and milk). Avoid rice and applesauce (both will constipate). Add prunes! ...Read more

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