Colace | Docusate is a stool-softener that is used on a short-term basis to relieve constipation in patients who suffer from hemorrhoids, heart conditions, or other problems. Colace is used by patients who wish to avoid straining too intensely during bowel movements to prevent the exacerbation of pre-existing conditions or prevent damage that can be caused by hard stools or over-straining.
Colace | Docusate softens stools by increasing the level of water contained in the stool, allowing patients to experience easier bowel movements. Colace is not a laxative, and does not interfere with the action of the gastrointestinal tract.
Colace is primarily used in symptomatic treatment for constipation by drinking plenty of water to irrigate the bowel. Caution must be used with Colace, as prolonged use can cause irritation of the gastrointestinal tract.
Colace can be administered orally or rectally, usually in capsules, tablets, suppositories or enemas. Certain derivatives of Docusate can be used as emulsifiers or dispersants in topical preparations.
Certain adverse side effects occur when taking Colace | Dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate. These range from gastrointestinal ones such as nausea and diarrhea to musculoskeletal ones such as cramping. The most serious reported adverse side effect as a result of taking Colace | Dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate is hepatotoxicity, or toxic liver damage.
If you or a loved one have experienced serious adverse side effects as a result of taking this drug, please do not hesitate to contact someone who can help you.