Colace (Docusate Sodium - non Rx) Medication


Colace (Docusate Sodium - non Rx)

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Docusate is a medication utilized for the treatment of occasional constipation. Certain medications and underlying conditions may exacerbate the likelihood of constipation.  

As a stool softener, docusate is frequently the initial option considered for the prevention and management of this type of constipation.  

Docusate is particularly useful in instances where straining during bowel movements is contraindicated, such as post-heart attack or post-surgery.  

This medication works by enhancing the water absorption capacity of the stool, leading to a softer consistency and easier evacuation. 

Uses and Dosage 

Follow all directions on the product package and consult with your physician or pharmacist if there are any questions.  

This medication is typically administered orally, ideally at bedtime, with a full glass (8 ounces or 240 milliliters) of water or juice, or as instructed by your physician. The dose is determined based on your medical status and response to therapy, and may need to be adjusted if diarrhea occurs. 

If utilizing the liquid form of the medication, measure the dose accurately using a specialized measuring device/spoon, avoiding the use of household utensils to ensure an accurate dose.  

For drops, measure the medication using the dropper provided or a dose-measuring spoon or device. To prevent throat irritation and mask a bitter taste, mix the syrup, liquid, or drops with 4 to 8 ounces of fruit juice, milk, or infant formula. 

Use this medication only when necessary and to not exceed usage for more than one week unless directed by a physician. 

Side Effects 

Common Side Effects 

  • Stomach pain 
  • Diarrhea 
  • Cramping 
  • Irritated throat (with liquid or syrup forms) 

If Experiencing Side Effects: 

  • Contact your doctor or pharmacist promptly if effects persist or worsen 
  • Remember that your doctor has weighed the benefits of the medication against the risks of side effects 

Serious Side Effects 

  • Contact your doctor right away if experiencing any serious side effects, including rectal bleeding 

Allergic Reactions 

  • Although rare, a serious allergic reaction may occur 
  • Seek medical help immediately if symptoms of a serious allergic reaction occur, such as: 
  • Rash 
  • Itching/swelling (especially in the face, tongue, or throat) 
  • Severe dizziness 
  • Trouble breathing 


Prior to administering this medication, it is important to inform your healthcare provider or pharmacist of any allergies you may have, including allergies to the inactive ingredients present in the product. For additional information, consult your pharmacist. 

If you are experiencing any of the following medical conditions, consult with your healthcare provider or pharmacist prior to using this medication: severe abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, or sudden changes in bowel habits within the past 2 weeks. 

The use of this medication during pregnancy should only be considered if deemed necessary after careful discussion of potential risks and benefits with your healthcare provider. 

The transfer of this drug into breast milk is currently unknown. Consult with your healthcare provider before initiating breast-feeding. 

Additional information

Generic name:

Docusate Sodium – Generic Non Rx, Docusate Sodium – non Rx


Capsule, Drops, Syrup


10mg/mL, 60mg/15mL, 100mg

Quantities Available:

30mL, 100, 250mL

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