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Colace Constipation Stool Softener

29 July 2011 No Comment

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 Products

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.

Finally, there is Peri Colace.  Peri Colace tablets contain, in addition to ducosate sodium, a senna concentrate which is the only stimulant laxative found in any of the Colace products. Peri Colace is formulated to provide short-term relief of constipation, and will work within no more than twelve hours. It is usually taken at bedtime.

Taking Colace Laxative

The correct Colace dosage will depend on both the age of the person taking it and the form of Colace being used. Anyone over twelve is advised to take enough of the capsules, syrup, or liquid 1% solution to get a total of 300 mg of ducosate sodium.

Children from two to twelve years should take Colace with between 100-150mg of ducosate sodium, and Colace products should not be administered to children younger than two without a doctor’s knowledge.

Colace Precautions

You should not repeat your initial dosage of Colace until you have waited the maximum amount of time mentioned by the manufacturer for it to provide relief. You should never use it for more than a week straight without your doctor’s approval; nor should you mix it with any products containing mineral oil.

If you have digestive problems like nausea, vomiting, or changes in your pattern of bowel movements for more than two weeks, you should notify your doctor, and if you notice black stool, it is a sign of rectal bleeding any you should stop using Colace immediately.

Blood in the stool can be a sign of a serious underlying condition, and you should bring it to your doctor’s attention. If you are pregnant, consult with your physician before using Colace.

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