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Is docusate sodium a laxative?

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

Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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Is colace (docusate sodium) a laxative?

Is colace (docusate sodium) a laxative?

No,: It is a stool softener. It does not increase motility as a function of most laxatives. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a stool softener like colace (docusate sodium) and a laxative?

What is the difference between a stool softener like colace (docusate sodium) and a laxative?

Softener vs laxative: There are many different ways to deal w/constipation, starting 1st w/fiber, fluids & exercise. Failing that, stool softeners do exactly that - soften stool, typically by increasing water content. Laxatives OTOH irritate bowel into having a bowel movement. Check out http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/constipation/in-depth/laxatives/art-20045906 ...Read more

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So I should stop docusate sodium, and start magnezium 250mg, aren't both of them laxatives. And how long I should stay with magnesium?

Both help BM's: By increasing the water content of stool, making it softer and easier to pass. There should not be used longer than a few days without being under the care of a physician.Magnesium might be a little stronger. ...Read more

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I am on dialysis. I cannot stand those fiber drinks. Can I take 2 colaces (docusate sodium) a day? I know the gastrointerologist does not like using laxatives.

Ask Doctor: Colace can have added sodium (docusate sodium) in it, and your nephrologist may not want you taking things that can upset your electrolytes, even if it's such a small dose through your stool softener. So, consult with him/her first, and then you'll have peace of mind. Instead of the laxative drink, you maybe could do it naturally eating organic greens/vegetables instead. ...Read more

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36 weeks preg. Struggled whole pregnanvy w constipation. Milk of mag colace (docusate sodium) duralax nothing is working can I take a laxative in pill form? I'm miserabl

36 weeks preg. Struggled whole pregnanvy w constipation. Milk of mag colace (docusate sodium) duralax nothing is working can I take a laxative in pill form? I'm miserabl

Call your OB MD: It is essential that the OB MD who is treating your pregnancy manage your problems without interference from this forum, as he/she knows every aspect of your constipation issues. ...Read more

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Barium Sulfate for CT scan two nights ago. Feeling blocked. Is Senokot-S or docusate sodium ok to use? Or should I use traditional laxative?

Barium Sulfate for CT scan two nights ago. Feeling blocked. Is Senokot-S or docusate sodium ok to use? Or should I use traditional laxative?

A common problem: Here's a link for you to consider: https://www. Inspire. Com/groups/agmd-gi-motility/discussion/constipation-after-ct-scan-with-barium/ ...Read more

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How long should it take for hemorrhoids to clear up if I'm taking colace (docusate sodium) every day?

How long should it take for hemorrhoids to clear up if I'm taking colace (docusate sodium) every day?

Not just hemorrhoids: Are you sure you have just hemorrhoids? Bleeding from the rectum that recurs may also indicate anal fissures, proctitis (due to infection, inflammatory bowel disease, radiation therapy, stercoral ulcers, rectal prolapse, trauma, etc.) or a bleeding source further upstream. Depending on your age, risk factors, current medication (aspirin, nsaid's, anticoagulants can cause bleeding), get evaluated. ...Read more

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Is colace (docusate sodium) excreted in breastmilk?

Minimal if any: This material will end up in the bile but has not been detected in the breast milk. It is considerd safe for baby during breast feeding. ...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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Does elder need to take colace (docusate sodium) daily if in nursing home? Ordered prn.

Depends on stooling: A lot of nursing home patients have a difficult time with stooling. Some medications, especially opiate pain medications, are constipating. For those individuals colace (docusate sodium) is a necessary thing. Not all though, and if stooling is going well, there's no reason to add another medication. Much also depends on the ability to generate enough force to get the stool out. ...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

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Is colace (docusate sodium) necessary? Best to take it as liquid?

Solace: If you need it yes. If not no. Liquid works better in some. Let's chat to get a better answer for YOU! ...Read more

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How do you increase BM frequency? I have a BM maybe twice a week with colace (docusate sodium). How do I make sure I am more regular?

How do you increase BM frequency? I have a BM maybe twice a week with colace (docusate sodium). How do I make sure I am more regular?

Several things: Make sure that you have reasonable intake of fiber which means a diet that includes roughage like in the case of green leafy vegetables. You also want to make sure you stay well hydrated. Additionally you want to remain active, as activity does stimulate normal gastrointestinal motility. This is a reasonable place to start. ...Read more

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