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Which medication is safe during breastfeeding for constipation. I take colace (docusate sodium) and it's not effective doesn't work?
Is Colace (docusate sodium) (Docusate 100 mg) safe in 31 week pregnancy? My prenatal multivitamin has Docusate as well. Is there any safer medication for constipation?
That is safe: Constipation can be an issue during pregnancy. So the docusate is important to reduce the amount of strain or vasalva pressure you put on your entire system when you're constipated and trying to have a BM. So you are safe to keep constipation at bay by taking a stool softener (docusate). ...Read more
Medication: I take 2 Colace (generic Docusate sodium) daily per doctor for chronic constipation. Can this discolor urine because of red dye?
Is it safe to the 250mg each of magnesium and potassium while pregnant? I use it to relieve constipation versus Colace (docusate sodium) which is a Cat C drug.
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Colace and Depressio:
I understand your concern.
Depression is found among people who take Colace, especially for people who are female, 60+ old also take medication Lipitor, and have Osteoporosis.
This study is created by eHealthMe based on reports of 24,835 people who have side effects when taking Colace from FDA,
There is no documented research that discontinuing Colace can cause Depression ...Read more
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.
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
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
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
No: It lowers the surface tension of water allowing water to stick to other things, so it softens stools by increasing the amount of water in the stool. It is also used in soaps and shampoos to allow the soap and water to breakdown the oils on the skin and hair. It is also used in pesticides to allow the pesticide to stick to plants and bugs. ...Read more