Colace

Generic Name: Docusate sodium

  • What is this medication?

    Colace Capsules are used as a stool softener for the relief of occasional constipation (irregularity).
  • Are there any warnings associated with Colace Capsules?

    Take this product only by mouth. May be taken as a single daily dose or in divided doses.

    Do not use laxative products for longer than 1 week unless you are told to do so by a doctor. Also do not use this product if you are currently taking mineral oil unless you are told to do so by a doctor.

    Stop using Colace Capsules and ask a doctor if you have rectal bleeding or fail to have a bowel movement after using a laxative. These could be signs of a serious condition.

    Keep this product out of the reach of children. In the event of an overdose, get medical help or contact a poison control center immediately.

  • Should I talk to my doctor before taking Colace Capsules?

    Ask a doctor before using this product if you have stomach pain, nausea, or vomiting, or you have noticed a sudden change in bowel habits that lasts more than 2 weeks.

    Ask a doctor before using this product if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

  • What are the possible side effects of Colace Capsules?

    Side effects cannot always be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.
  • What should I avoid while taking Colace Capsules?

    Do not use this product for more than a week, or use it if you are taking mineral oil, unless you are told to do so by a doctor.
  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Colace Capsules?

    If Colace Capsules are taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Always check with your doctor before combining Colace Capsules with any other medication, especially mineral oil.
  • What is the usual dosage of Colace Capsules?

    Adults and children 12 years: Take one to three 100-milligram (mg) capsules daily, or one to six 50-mg capsules daily. You may take them as a single daily dose or in divided doses.

    Children 2 to <12 years: Take one 100-mg capsule daily or one to three 50-mg capsules daily. These may be taken as a single daily dose or in divided doses.

    Children <2 years: Ask a doctor.

  • How should I store Colace Capsules?

    Store this product at room temperature.

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