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Is it safe to take 100mg of docusate sodium daily for chronic constipation?

Is it safe to take 100mg of docusate sodium daily for chronic constipation?

Yes.: Other ways to maintain your plumbing: eat plenty of fruits and veggies, and fiber. Drink 8-10 glasses of water a day. Get moving 30-60 minutes every day. You can also take miralax, (polyethylene glycol) which is now over the counter. Good luck. ...Read more

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Medication: I take 2 Colace (generic Docusate sodium) daily per doctor for chronic constipation. Can this discolor urine because of red dye?

Medication: I take 2 Colace (generic Docusate sodium) daily per doctor for chronic constipation. Can this discolor urine because of red dye?

Pharmacist: I know of countless patients who took this stool softener and never encountered reports of this side effect. Your pharmacist can be of great help in answering any questions about your medications as he/she has access to much information about them. ...Read more

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Am I getting if my chronic constipation was treating with colace (docusate sodium) and a high fiber dietor am I prone to a bowel obstruction?

Not really: Adding colace (docusate sodium) and high fiver diet is an excellent idea, however it can backfire if you don't drink more water than usual. ...Read more

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Can Lidoderm patch on lower back cause constipation? I also take Ultram50mg. How safe is it to take a colace (docusate sodium) twice a day indefinitely?

Can Lidoderm patch on lower back cause constipation? I also take Ultram50mg. How safe is it to take a colace (docusate sodium) twice a day indefinitely?

Constipation concern: Constipation is a common side effect of Ultram, but not of Lidoderm. Change in bowel habits is a concern, and is best evaluated by your doctor, who will perform an examination and order appropriate tests. ...Read more

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I have a sever Postpartum constipation I take colace (docusate sodium) and nothing happened. What can I do?

I have a sever Postpartum constipation I take colace (docusate sodium) and nothing happened. What can I do?

Constipation: Try a high fiber diet consisting orfruits, vegetables, nuts, figs prunes and raisins. Also eat high fiber cereal. Go easy on the milk and milk products. If diet doesn't helptry using miralax (polyethylene glycol) ...Read more

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Can I take (1) standard 17g dose of Miralax (polyethylene glycol) in addition to 100mg Docusate Sodium for short term (2-3 days) issues with constipation?

Can I take (1) standard 17g dose of Miralax (polyethylene glycol) in addition to 100mg Docusate Sodium for short term (2-3 days) issues with constipation?

Yes you can: The most important thing in constipation is hydration and adjusting eating habits to more fruits and vegetables and avoiding pop and soda. I encourage you to eat more fibers. In addition, taking stool softeners and laxatives from time to time might be helpful. ...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

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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Is colace (docusate sodium) effective for constipation?

Colace (docusate sodium): ..can be effective for constipation. Also, make sure that you drink plenty of water and that you are eating plenty of vegetables (which increases your fiber content). ...Read more

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What is an easy way to give my child liquid colace (docusate sodium) to help with his constipation?

What is an easy way to give my child liquid colace (docusate sodium) to help with his constipation?

No easy way: Liquid colace (docusate sodium) is super bitter- it would take a lot of something sweet to make it palable. Ask your physician if you could use MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) instead. It is over the counter, mixes well with juice and doesn't have a bitter after taste. Don't forget to increase fluids and whole fibers in your child's diet. Whole grains, whole apples, plums and pears will help. ...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 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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Can I use colace as a miralax (polyethylene glycol) replacement every day for chronic constipation?

Up to your doctor: Talking with your own doctor about this will yield more personalized results -- it looks like you've had quite an extensive workup of your GI complaints. Being on chronic laxatives is likely to be unhealthy for you in the long run. Colace (docusate sodium) is a stool softener, not a laxative -- but some say it causes cramping. Hoping you and your doctor can arrive at a helpful plan. ...Read more

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I have a back issue and am constipated. I took 4 colace (docusate sodium) stool softeners and still have not had a bowel movement, its been 3 days, should I try the?

Continue the colace (docusate sodium): If you are taking pain medications for the back issue, you can become rather constipated due to them. Therefore I recommend that anyone taking narcotic pain meds regularly take a stool softener.

I'd recommend continuing the colace, (docusate sodium) make sure to drink plenty of water, and you can add one other over the counter medication to help you have a bm such as mineral oil, senna, or dulcolax. ...Read more

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Is Isphagula/psyllium a safe supplement to take daily for the management of chronic constipation?

Is Isphagula/psyllium a safe supplement to take daily for the management of chronic constipation?

Yes but can be gassy: People who eat lots of fiber tend to have lots of gas, as the undigested fiber is a picnic for billions of bowel microbes and bacteria. There are reportedly more billions of bacteria inside our bowels than the number of cells we have making up our own bodies. The bacteria will likely keep eating and keep making gas, as long as the fiber "food" keeps coming down the pipe. ...Read more

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I'm 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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Hx of IBS with constipation, only have 1 bowel movement a week. I take 4 colace (docusate sodium) a day, 1aloe vera daily. Please help?

Other ideas: Try miralax, (polyethylene glycol) 1 capful mixed in liquid 1-3 x daily. This works well for most people. F you are really locked you might benefit from a fleet's enema that can be purchased otc. Make sure you drink lots of water and have plenty of fiber in your daily diet. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take biotin, prenatals, vitamin d, etodolac, and docusate sodium together?

Is it safe to take biotin, prenatals, vitamin d, etodolac, and docusate sodium together?

Yes: Hi. I cannot see any adverse consequences to taking them all together. Taking vitamin D and etodolac with food may augment absorption and lessen GI upset, respectively. Be healthy! ...Read more

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I am taking stool softener, (docusate sodium) 2 a day it is really helping me. Is it safe to take it for a long time, or there is alternatives?

I am taking stool softener, (docusate sodium) 2 a day it is really helping me. Is it safe to take it for a long time, or there is alternatives?

Constipation: Long term laxatives are not great for the bowels. If possible add magnesium 250mg once per day to your routine and that may help increase absorption into the gut and help you taper off the laxatives. Also don't forget to drink a lot of water to soften the bowels and fiber to keep things moving. ...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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