What is Colace?Colace is a stool softener that promotes easy bowel movements. Colace Microenema is used to relieve occasional constipation.
What is the most important information I should know about Colace?Colace is for short-term relief of constipation only, unless your doctor directs otherwise. It usually takes 1-3 days for Colace to work. Some people may need to wait 4 or 5 days. Colace Microenema works in 2-15 minutes.
The risk of loss of normal bowel function may be greater if you take Colace in high doses or for a long time. Do not take more than the recommended dose or use for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor.
If your symptoms do not improve within 1 week or if they get worse, check with your doctor. Also check with your doctor if you do not have a bowel movement or if you have rectal bleeding after using Colace.
Do not take Colace with other laxatives or stool softeners, unless directed by your doctor.
If you notice a sudden change in bowel movements that lasts for 2 weeks or more, check with your doctor.
Who should not take Colace?Do not take Colace if you have stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, or if you have noticed a sudden change in bowel habits that has lasted more than 2 weeks.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Colace?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Colace. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have a history of bowel obstruction, are currently taking mineral oil, if you have stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, rectal bleeding, or have noticed a sudden change in bowel habits that has lasted more than 2 weeks.
What is the usual dosage?The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.
Your doctor will adjust the dosage according to your needs.
Adults and Children ≥12 years: The suggested daily dosage is 50-360 milligrams (mg).
Children <12 years: The suggested daily dosage for children 6-12 years of age is 40-120 mg. For children 3 to 6 years of age, it is 20-60 mg. For children <3 years of age, it is 10 to 40 mg.
Your doctor will determine the daily dosage for children <2 years of age.
How should I take Colace?Take the capsule form by mouth with or without food. Take Colace with a full glass of water.
Swallow Colace tablets whole; do not crush or chew the tablets. Drinking extra fluids while you are taking Colace is recommended. Check with your doctor for instructions.
Mix liquid and syrup forms with 6-8 ounces of milk, juice, or infant formula to prevent throat irritation. Colace liquid can also be added to an enema.
For Colace Microenema: Shake the bottle gently to make sure that the suspension is mixed. Remove the protective cap from the applicator tip. Lubricate the tip by pushing out a drop of Colace. Slowly insert the full length of the nozzle into the rectum (stop halfway for children 3-12 years of age). Squeeze out the contents of the tube. Remove the nozzle before you release your grip on the tube.
What should I avoid while taking Colace?Do not take Colace if you are currently taking mineral oil, unless your doctor approves.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Colace?If Colace is taken with certain other medications, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Always check with your doctor before combining Colace with any other medications, herbs, or supplements.
What are the possible side effects of Colace?Side effects cannot 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.
Side effects may include: bitter taste, nausea, rash, throat irritation, bloating, cramping, diarrhea, gas, irritation around the rectum, vomiting, fainting
Can I receive Colace if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?The effects of Colace during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Colace?Take Colace only as needed. If you miss a dose of Colace and are taking it regularly, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.
How should I store Colace?Store Colace at room temperature. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep in a tight, light-resistant container.
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