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Is docusate safer than a laxative?

Is docusate safer than a laxative?

Yes: Docusate is safer because it really only softens the stool allowing it to transit through your system more easily. It is not actually absorbed by your body. Laxatives, while more effective in the short term, can potentially rob your body of needed electrolytes. Use with caution. ...Read more

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Is bisacodyl stronger than docusate?

Is bisacodyl stronger than docusate?

Different: These are different drugs with different mechanism of actions. It is like comparing an apple to an orange. Biscodyl is a stimulant laxative directly working on the smooth muscles of the intestines. Docusate is simply a stool softener working by allowing increased absorption of fat and water. ...Read more

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Running to toilet with docusate..Is this a side effect?

Running to toilet with docusate..Is this a side effect?

Not exactly: Docusate can make you want to move your bowels. It is a stool softener. It should not make you have to run to the toilet but may encourage you to have a bowel movement. ...Read more

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Should I take docusate soduim everyday for constipation?

Should I take docusate soduim everyday for constipation?

Better change diet: Its better to make diet changes to resolve constipation. Increasing water and adding fiber to your diet can can help soften your stool and decrease your need for docusate. ...Read more

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

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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Can you tell me what occurs taking too much colace (docusate sodium)?

Can you tell me what occurs taking too much colace (docusate sodium)?

Docusate overdose?: Nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea. See link for more info: https://www.drugs.com/cdi/docusate.html ...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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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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Is it safe to take docusate calcium daily?

Is it safe to take docusate calcium daily?

Not advised: Taking any laxative daily can become addicting, and then you will have major problems if you ever stop. Try not to use it more than 2-3 days in a row. ...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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Do any jelly beans contain colace (docusate sodium)?

No: Although corn syrup is a mild laxative. And sugar free candies contain sugar like alcohols such as manitol , xylitol which are also mild laxatives. ...Read more

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Can docusate sodium cause a gout like painful reaction?

Can docusate sodium cause a gout like painful reaction?

Not to my knowledge: Common sideeffectsare:palpitations. Dizziness, fainting. Abdominal cramping, bloating, excessive bowel activity (eg, griping, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting), flatulence, perianal irritation. Sweating , weakness. ...Read more

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Can colace (docusate sodium) use lead to malabsorption ?

Colace (docusate sodium): Docusate is a stool softener. It works by increasing the amount of water the stool absorbs in the gut, making the stool softer and easier to pass. This is not malabsorption. Read more at www.Browardgi.Com. ...Read more

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Is it true that docusate sodium is a soap which is not absorbed?

Is it true that docusate sodium is a soap which is not absorbed?

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