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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. William Singer
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Is docusate sodium/sennosides appropriate for ibs-c and can it be used "freely", or are there side effects?

Is docusate sodium/sennosides appropriate for ibs-c and can it be used "freely", or are there side effects?

Yes: The stool softner and laxative combination will help relieve your symptoms. Side effects include possible allergic reaction, excessive diarrhea or constipation may persist despite meds. Dehydration and electroltye problems may result if excessive diarrhea. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of docusate sodium stool softener?

What are the side effects of docusate sodium stool softener?

GI mostly: Can cause diarrhea, cramps, elctrolyte (blood chemistry) abnormalities, rarely rash or throat irritation. ...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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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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Pain &bright blood w hard BMs. Since colace (docusate sodium) & fiber, seem WAY better,still little bump left side of anus.Is this fissure? No HPV- scared anal cancer

Pain &bright blood w hard BMs. Since colace (docusate sodium) & fiber, seem WAY better,still little bump left side of anus.Is this fissure? No HPV- scared anal cancer

Sounds like: you have hemorrhoids causing your lower GI bleeding and the lump may represent a clotted hemorrhoid. You need to consult with a General Surgeon! Ask your PCP (Primary Care Provider) for a referral Hope this helps! Dr Z ...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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Can you tell me what occurs taking too much colace (docusate sodium)?

Can you tell me what occurs taking too much colace (docusate sodium)?

Docusate overdose?: Nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea. See link for more info: https://www.drugs.com/cdi/docusate.html ...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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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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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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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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Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Colace (Definition)

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