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Can colace (docusate sodium) use lead to malabsorption ?

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 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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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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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

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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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How often can I use saline enemas? I have tried the increased fiber/water plus colace (docusate sodium) with no help. I am a male, 54 and no significant health issues.

How often can I use saline enemas? I have tried the increased fiber/water plus colace (docusate sodium) with no help. I am a male, 54 and no significant health issues.

See your doctor: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Are Colace (docusate sodium) Clear stool softeners safe to use daily? I've been taking 1 a day for a few days now

Yes, but...: it is perfectly OK to use Colace (docusate sodium) on a daily basis, but for no longer than a week. If you continue to have constipation beyond that time, then Colace (docusate sodium) is not the proper medication to be using. You should consult with your doctor about a plan for the long-term. In the meantime, adding in extra fiber to your diet and perhaps taking a fiber supplement such as Metamucil maybe useful. Good luck. ...Read more

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