Colace (docusate) is used for occasional relief of constipation and prevention of dry, hard stools. It is a stool softener. Stool softeners work by actively drawing water and fats into the stool, softening it and easing bowel movement.1
Constipation is the most common symptom of bowel dysfunction in people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). MS can interrupt the brain communication signaling that it’s time for a bowel movement. Managing constipation should include a high-fiber diet (from fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain breads and cereals), combined with high-fluid intake (6-8 glasses of water daily), while trying to maintain an active life and establishing a bowel schedulle. There is a range of laxatives that are used, most of them are sold over-the-counter.2
Colace is a prescription stool softener, but there are other over-the-counter stool softeners available. 3
The therapy is to be taken by mouth, with a full glass of water, usually at bedtime, 50mg to 200mg daily.4
Some of the most common side effects of docusate can be bitter taste, bloating, cramping, diarrhea, gas, irritation around the rectum and throat irritation.1
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