Docusate Capsules

Colace® is a brand of docusate, which is a laxative that comes in a capsule form. This medication treats occasional constipation. It softens your stool to make bowel movements easier.

What is this medication?

DOCUSATE (doc CUE sayt) prevents and treats occasional constipation. It works by softening the stool, making it easier to have a bowel movement. It belongs to a group of medications called laxatives.

This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): BeneHealth Stool Softner, Colace, Colace Clear, Correctol, D.O.S., DC, Doc-Q-Lace, DocuLace, Docusoft S, DOK, DOK Extra Strength, Dulcolax, Genasoft, Kao-Tin, Kaopectate Liqui-Gels, Phillips Stool Softener, Plus PHARMA, Stool Softener, Stool Softner DC, Sulfolax, Sur-Q-Lax, Surfak, Uni-Ease

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What should I tell my care team before I take this medication?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Severe constipation
  • Stomach pain
  • Sudden change in bowel habit lasting more than 2 weeks
  • An unusual or allergic reaction to docusate, other medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • Pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • Breast-feeding

How should I use this medication?

Take this medication by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the label. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medication more often than directed.

Talk to your care team regarding the use of this medication in children. While this medication may be prescribed for children as young as 2 years for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

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What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medication?

  • Mineral oil

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

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What should I watch for while using this medication?

Do not use for more than one week without advice from your care team. If your constipation returns, check with your care team.

Drink plenty of water while taking this medication. Drinking water helps decrease constipation.

Stop using this medication and contact your care team if you experience any rectal bleeding or do not have a bowel movement after use. These could be signs of a more serious condition.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medication?

Side effects that you should report to your care team as soon as possible:

  • Allergic reactions—skin rash, itching, hives, swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your care team if they continue or are bothersome):

  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach pain

This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Where should I keep my medication?

Keep out of the reach of children and pets.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Throw away any unused medication after the expiration date.

NOTE: This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.

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