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Is colace (docusate sodium) safe for pregnancy and as well as citrucel? Thanks

Yes: Yes, they are both safe. The most important thing you need to do is drink lots of water. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Ingerman
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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?

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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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?

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

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Is it safe to take both miralax (polyethylene glycol) and colace every day during pregnancy? Should i be concerned that both are category "c" ? What are the risks if any?

Good meds: These agents essentially stay within the gut and are minimally absorbed if at all, into the body. Since they don't reach the blood in any significant amount, they cannot have an effect on the fetus.Part of the category c label comes from not having enough research reports to move it into a safer listing.The cat c meds show no negative effects on baby. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take miralax (polyethylene glycol) and colace twice a day during pregnancy? My body got used to taking it once a day. I'm 27 weeks & have to be on 60mg of iron.

Maybe: Both MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) and colace are considered category c drugs, indicating that their safety during pregnancy is unknown. However, I am sure that most obstetricians have used them with impunity. Make sure that you check with your OB before using them. ...Read more

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What can I do for severe constipation in pregnancy? (Water, prunes, benefiber and colace (docusate sodium) don't work.)

What can I do for severe constipation in pregnancy? (Water, prunes, benefiber and colace (docusate sodium) don't work.)

Care with laxatives: This is often a challenging problem. It is likely aggravated by supplemental iron you are taking because you are anemic or iron in your prenatal vitamin. Do as much water as you can, add daily walking exercise of 45 minutes. A low dose of milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) may help. Talk with your doctor about switching to a lower dose supplement or taking vitamins with DHA, a nutrient that's also a stool softener. ...Read more

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13 wks pregnant. Dr said to take colace, miralax, (polyethylene glycol) or milk of magnesia for constipation. Which is the best and fastest?

Varies: Different people respond differently to these medications and you need to find out what works best for you by trial and error. You may start with miralax (polyethylene glycol) as it is generally reliable. ...Read more

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I'm pregnant, and ive had one bowel movement during the last three weeks. I'm on colace, (docusate sodium) Metamucil. My doctor says not to worry. Should I worry?

  I'm pregnant, and ive had one bowel movement during the last three weeks. I'm on colace, (docusate sodium) Metamucil. My doctor says not to worry. Should I worry?

Not normal: I would be concerned about your bowel habits. It is not normal to have bowel movements that infrequently. I recommend to my patients that they increase fiber in their diet, add a fiber supplement, take colace, increase oral fluid intake, and take miralax (polyethylene glycol). The miralax (polyethylene glycol) is especially important as it will work for almost everyone if they take enough of it. Good luck. ...Read more

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37 weeks pregnant and have used colace (docusate sodium) for the whole pregnancy- now having constipation issues. Can I drink prune juice?

37 weeks pregnant and have used colace (docusate sodium) for the whole pregnancy- now having constipation issues. Can I drink prune juice?

Constipation: Prune juice is a good choice. I personally find it hard to swallow. I have found that simply eating Sunkist prunes is a good choice and much easier to stomach than juice. ...Read more

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Dr. Bernard Seif
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