Colace (Oral)

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Having stomach cramps

I have been getting severe stomach cramps. I do not know whether it is from Colace or not. The cramps come and go. My doctor told me to take one pill every evening. Do you think my cramps come from the Colacse?
by Miriam Meyerson in Omaha, NE, 01/04/2006

Long term side effects of Colace (stool softener) on the lower bowel

I am presently using Colace for cronic constipation. I take two in the AM and Two in the PM. It does not seem to be working anymore. STOOLS ARE SMALL AND HARD AND DRY. Yes I drink as much water as I can (the water goes right through me)...yes ihave se...
by Edward Jana in Chicago, Illinois, 09/23/2006

Colace (Oral) Drug and Prescription Information

Colace (Oral)

Colace (Oral) Medication Classification


Colace (Oral) Brandname

Surfak Stool Softener, Fleet Sof-Lax, EX-Lax Stool Softener, Femintrol, Doc-Q-Lace, Docu-Syrup, Silace, Diosuccin C, Diocto, Docu-Liquid, Colace, Sur-Q-Lax, Docusate Calcium, Docucal, Sulfolax

Colace (Oral) is used for the Treatment

Treats constipation by helping you have a bowel movement.

When To Not Use Colace (Oral)

You should not use this medicine if you have severe stomach pain, nausea, or vomiting. Stool softeners should not be used if you have severe stomach pain and do not know the cause.

How Should You Use Colace (Oral)

Capsule, Tablet, Liquid, Liquid Filled Capsule

  • Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
  • If you are using this medicine without a prescription, follow the instructions on the medicine label.
  • Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water daily while using any laxative.
  • To make the oral liquid taste better, you may mix it with one-half glass of milk or fruit juice.
  • Measure the oral liquid medicine with a marked measuring spoon, oral syringe, medicine cup, or medicine dropper.
  • If a dose is missed:
  • Use the missed dose as soon as possible.
  • If you do not remember the missed dose until the next day, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule.
  • You should not use two doses at the same time.

Proper Colace (Oral) Storage

Store Colace (Oral) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep Colace (Oral) and all medications out of the reach of children.

What To Avoid While Using Colace (Oral)

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • You should not use mineral oil while you are using a stool softener.
  • You should not use a stool softener within 2 hours before or after taking any other medicines. Laxatives can keep other medicines from working correctly.

Colace (Oral) Warnings

  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your doctor before taking this medicine.
  • Do not give laxatives to children under 6 years old unless you talk to your doctor.
  • You should not use this laxative for longer than 1 week unless approved by your doctor. Laxatives may be habit-forming and can harm your bowels if you use them too long.
  • Stool softeners usually work in 1 to 2 days, but for some people, results can take as long as 3 to 5 days.

Colace (Oral) Side Effects

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Nausea
  • Sore throat
  • Skin rash

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Zaid, Zaid - 01/13/2014

Treating Constipation After Surgery. Surgery can inflict more than phyiacsl trauma on the human body. As precise and calculated as a surgical procedure is, it's traumatic. When a person has surgery, she is exposed to the procedure and to anesthetic agents, intravenous drugs and other assorted fluids and medications. Anesthetic agents and narcotic medications are significant causes of post-operative constipation, as is bed rest and decreased food/liquid intake after surgery. Knowing the causes greatly helps in the treatment.Narcotic Pain Medications and What They Do Patients are often given a mixture of narcotic pain medications before, during and after a surgical procedure to help with the treatment of post-operative pain. Narcotic pain medications are depressants, meaning they depress the brain's ability to interpret pain impulses coming from elsewhere in the body, thus reducing pain levels. Narcotics depress more than the brain. They slow respiration and digestion. They decrease the process of peristalsis in the intestinal tract, which is the rythmic movement of the intestines to push along and help expel food wastes. This slowed movement of waste material can literally cause a backup of feces that can become hardened and create a condition known as an impaction.Why Hydration Helps With Constipation When a person undergoes surgery, it usually involves having an intravenous line to administer fluids and medications. It's also necessary for a means of rapid infusion of medications or blood in cases of emergency. Even though we receive a reasonable amount of fluid before and during surgery, fluid intake is typically decreased afterward. The large intestine is typically responsible for water re-absorption in the food wastes as it passes through. If this process is slowed by narcotic pain medications, it is affected even more by decreased fluid intake. As it proceeds to absorb water from feces, the body is not adequately replenishing the fluid, causing dehydration and further drying and hardening of the stool. That's why it's very important to re-establlish adequate fluid intake soon after surgery; to prevent dehydration and restore proper hydration to all aspects of the body.Post-surgery: Get the Bowels Moving Just as narcotic medications and a lack of fluids lead to the development of constipation, lack of mobility is just as much of a cause. Prolonged bed rest after surgery also creates a slowing of bodily functions, further complicating matters of the bowels. Early activity after surgery has many benefits: the reduction of the risk of blood clots, pain reduction and restoration of bodily functions not the least of which are the bowels. It has been proven that the more mobility after surgery, the better everything works.References :