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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Docusate Sodium (Definition)

Docusate sodium is a laxative which is a ...Read more


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What is the difference between peri-colace, amitiza, (lubiprostone) and miralax?

Explanation of lax: colace (docusate sodium) is not a laxative, just a softener-acts a litle like adding slipperyness to stool so it comes out easy-no stimulants miralax is a lavage, so it just goes thru your pipes and takes everything with it. so it acts like a laxative but not by stimulation of the intestines amitiza (like Linzess) simply interferes with absorption of water from the colon, making the stools more moist ...Read more

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What is peri-colace (docusate sodium) used for. Any differences between it & regular capsules colace (docusate sodium). Which one is better for anal fissure and internal hemorrhoid.?

What is  peri-colace (docusate sodium) used for. Any differences between it & regular capsules colace (docusate sodium). Which one is better for anal fissure and internal hemorrhoid.?

Slight difference: Colace (docusate sodium) is a stool softener. Pericolace is a stool softener plus a laxative. Treatment for anal fissure and internal hemorrhoid is to keep the stools formed and soft. Drink plenty of water and get plenty of fiber in your diet. Colace (docusate sodium) is probably better especially when combined with a high fiber diet. ...Read more

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While peri-colace (docusate sodium) sheet suggests taking at bed time to heal anal fissure& hemorrhoid, what best time for regular colace (docusate sodium) can be taken and how often/day?

While peri-colace (docusate sodium) sheet suggests taking at bed time to heal anal fissure& hemorrhoid, what best time for regular colace (docusate sodium) can be taken and how often/day?

CHANGE MEDS: I would not continue to taken colace (docusate sodium) or pericolace (docusate sodium).These are not as effective as bulk meds such as metamucil or benefiber for aiding more normal stool evacuation with less straning. This will help prevent recurrent perianl disease such as fissures and hemorhoids. ...Read more

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How long can I use per-colace for constipation?

How long can I use per-colace for constipation?

Usually 1-2 tabs/d: For a week. If you have not responded in that time you should go see your doc. Also, you should also examine your diet and eliminate foods known to cause constipation - rice, grains, barley, milk- and split peas. ...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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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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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

Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Colace (Definition)

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