Colace Constipation Stool Softener
Colace Laxative? Not Really
Although Colace is certainly one of the leading treatments for relief of intermittent constipation, calling it Colace laxative is somewhat misleading.
Colace capsules, with their bulk building ducosate sodium, are packaged as stool softener laxatives which work by allowing the solid waste in the intestine to absorb water and fat, making it much softer and more comfortable to pass. But only one of the five Colace formulas actually contains a bowel stimulant like those found in harsher laxatives.
Colace capsules, Colace syrup, and Colace 1iquid 1% solution all have ducosate sodium as their active ingredient. Each of these constipation treatments is meant to take effect in between twelve and seventy tow hours after being administered. The makers of Colace Stool Softener Laxative also make Colace glycerin suppositories, which, although they bear the Colace name, do not contain ducosate sodium.
The glycerin in these suppositories will draw water from the surrounding tissues into the stool, softening it so that it passes more easily. The Colace suppositories work much more quickly than the other Colace products, which must pass through the digestive tract to have an effect. Read more... (467 words, estimated 1:52 mins reading time)