Name: Colace

Before taking this medicine

You should not use Colace if you are allergic to docusate, or if you have:

  • nausea, vomiting, or severe stomach pain;

  • a blockage in your intestines; or

  • chronic stomach pain that has not been checked by a doctor.

Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to take Colace:

  • if you are on a low-salt diet; or

  • if you have recently had a sudden change in your bowel habits lasting for longer than 2 weeks.

It is not known whether docusate will harm an unborn baby. Do not use Colace without a doctor's advice if you are pregnant.

It is not known whether docusate passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medicine without a doctor's advice if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Do not give this medicine to a child younger than 6 years old without the advice of a doctor.

How should I use Colace?

Use Colace exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

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

Do not crush, chew, break, or open a Colace capsule. Swallow the capsule whole.

After taking Colace you should have a bowel movement within 12 to 72 hours.

Do not use Colace for longer than 7 days unless your doctor has told you to. Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve, or if you have not had a bowel movement within 1 to 3 days. Overuse of a stool softener can lead to serious medical problems.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

Colace dosing information

Usual Adult Dose for Constipation:

50 to 300 mg daily divided in 1 to 4 doses each day.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Constipation:

Less than 2 years: Check with your doctor.

2 to 12 years: 50 to 150 mg daily divided in 1 to 4 doses each day.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

Overdose symptoms may include nausea, vomiting or stomach pain.

What other drugs will affect Colace?

Other drugs may interact with docusate, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use now and any medicine you start or stop using.