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All about: Colace Syrup

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Generic Name: Docusate Syrup (DOK-yoo-sate)
Brand Name: Examples include Colace and Diocto

Colace Syrup is used for:

Relieving occasional constipation.

Colace Syrup is a stool softener. It works by helping fat and water into the stool mass to soften the stool.

Do NOT use Colace Syrup if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Colace Syrup
  • you have stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, or appendicitis

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Colace Syrup:

Some medical conditions may interact with Colace Syrup. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have a history of bowel obstruction or are on a sodium-restricted diet

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Colace Syrup. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Mineral oil because its absorption may be increased

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Colace Syrup may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Colace Syrup:

Use Colace Syrup as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Take Colace Syrup by mouth with or without food.
  • Take Colace Syrup with a full glass of water or other liquid (8 oz/240 mL).
  • Colace Syrup may be mixed in a half glass of milk, fruit juice, or infant formula before taking it.
  • Use a measuring device marked for medicine dosing. Ask your pharmacist for help if you are unsure of how to measure your dose.
  • Drinking extra fluids while you are taking Colace Syrup is recommended. Check with your doctor for instructions.
  • A bowel movement usually occurs 1 to 3 days after the first dose.
  • If you miss a dose of Colace Syrup 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 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Colace Syrup.

Important safety information:

  • The risk of loss of normal bowel function may be greater if you take Colace Syrup in high doses or for a long time. Do NOT take more than the recommended dose or use for longer than 1 week without checking with your doctor.
  • Do not take Colace Syrup with other laxatives or stool softeners, unless directed by your doctor.
  • Contact your doctor immediately if you develop rectal bleeding or fail to have a bowel movement after using Colace Syrup. These may be signs of a serious condition.
  • Do not use Colace Syrup if you experience stomach pain, nausea, or vomiting, except under the direction of your doctor.
  • If you notice a sudden change in bowel movements that lasts for 2 weeks or more, check with your doctor.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Colace Syrup while you are pregnant. It is not known if Colace Syrup is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Colace Syrup, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Colace Syrup:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Bitter taste; cramping; diarrhea; nausea; throat irritation.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); bloody stools.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include diarrhea; stomach cramps.

Proper storage of Colace Syrup:

Store Colace Syrup at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep in a tight, light-resistant container. Keep Colace Syrup out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Colace Syrup, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Colace Syrup is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Colace Syrup. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: September 5, 2007
Database Edition 07.3.1.003
Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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