Colace (Docusate Sodium - non Rx) Customer Reviews


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Docusate Sodium - non Rx

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Docusate is a stool softener employed in the management of occasional constipation. Certain medications and medical conditions can contribute to the occurrence of constipation.

Stool softeners, such as docusate, are frequently utilized as the initial line of treatment for this form of constipation. Docusate is particularly appropriate in cases where straining during bowel movements should be avoided, for example post-cardiac event or surgical procedure.

Docusate operates by augmenting the water absorption capacity of feces, thereby promoting the formation of softer stools for easier bowel movements.

Uses and Dosage

Stool softeners are available in various forms such as capsules, tablets, liquid, and syrup, and are administered orally. They are typically taken at bedtime. Strictly adhere to the directions indicated on the label or as prescribed by a healthcare provider. In case of any confusion, it is advisable to seek clarification from a doctor or pharmacist.

Swallow the docusate capsules whole and avoid splitting, chewing, or crushing them. The capsules and tablets should be taken with a full glass of water, while the liquid form comes with a marked dropper for accurate dosing. If necessary, a pharmacist can assist in demonstrating the correct usage of the dropper. The liquid form can be mixed with 4 ounces (120 milliliters) of milk, fruit juice, or formula to mask its bitter taste.

It usually takes 1-3 days of regular usage for the medication to take effect. Stool softeners should not be taken for more than 1 week unless advised by a doctor. In case of sudden changes in bowel habits lasting longer than 2 weeks or if the stools remain hard even after a week of taking the medication, consult a doctor.

Side Effects

Docusate may cause adverse reactions:

  • stomach or intestinal cramps
  • nausea
  • throat irritation (from oral liquid)

Some side effects can be serious. If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:

  • rash
  • hives
  • difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • fever
  • vomiting
  • stomach pain


Prior to the initiation of this medication, inform a healthcare provider or pharmacist about any previous history of allergies, including allergies to the active or inactive ingredients of the product.

Individuals with the following medical conditions should seek the advice of a healthcare provider or pharmacist prior to using this medication: severe abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, or any sudden alteration in bowel habits within the preceding 2 weeks.

During pregnancy, the use of this medication should be considered only if the potential benefits outweigh the potential risks, after a thorough discussion with a healthcare provider.

Docusate may pass into breast milk. A doctor should be consulted prior to breastfeeding.

Form and Strength

Abilify is available in the following forms and strengths:

  • Colace liquid:

    • 30ml drop
    • 20mg/5mg
  • Colace capsule:

    • 100mg


Do you have to drink a lot of water with Colace?

Take this medicine with a full glass of water. Drink plenty of liquids while you are taking this medicine.

Is Colace a strong laxative?

Colace is classified as a stool softener but is not considered a laxative because it does not directly stimulate motility. It may take one to three days for stool softening to occur therefore Colace will not typically provide quick relief of constipation symptoms.



Additional information

Generic name:

Docusate Sodium – Generic Non Rx, Docusate Sodium – non Rx


Capsule, Drops, Syrup


10mg/mL, 60mg/15mL, 100mg

Quantities Available:

30mL, 100, 250mL

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