can using colace mess up your bowel habits?

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jt80
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   Posted 10/8/2009 7:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey guys I was doing good for awhile but now things are real bad and it does not help that I'm dealing with parnoia.I've been on colace for awhile it was helping good in the begining now things are just back to the way they were before.Constantly moving my bms for miniscule stool I hate this.They have me on a new enzymes pancrease is that good? it was helping in the begining now nothing,I need to go back to my original one that were helping digest my food properly.I cant take this colace I feel like I'm not in control of what it's doing to me should I eat a bannana tongiht? to bind me? but anyways guys I need your advice still got my faith.I love ya'll and stay strong,oh my GI appointment went ok more stool samples and blood back to the begining lol,take care all I'm tired need to sleep this bad day away.xoxoxoxo

Marsky
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   Posted 10/8/2009 8:06 PM (GMT -7)   
jt80 - Colace might not be for you. Are you taking the plain Colace or Peri-Colace?

Here's the info I found online:

Colace contains docusate sodium. It's available in capsule form (50 or 100 mg), syrup, liquid or suppositories. I'm guessing you were taking the capsule form? It's the most commonly used form. I find that 100 mg is too strong for me and 50 mg is milder. I have to order the 50 mg from the pharmacy, it's still an OTC product but not always stocked because 50 mg is a mild, pediatric dose.

Peri-colace contains docusate sodium but also senna concentrate. Senna can be an irritant to the lining of the colon walls.

I should add that even though I struggle with IBS/D my GYN doctor was the one that recommended a simple stool softener. Since I have multiple bm's all day long (as long as I keep eating), he said my stool should be as easily passed as possible. I have some scar tissue near an ovary, where my temporary ostomy was placed. My GYN doc said not to risk a colon blockage. I've never even come close to a blockage in 10 years. At first I was leary to try a "laxative" but I found that Colace makes things more consistent for me and works well. But again, it isn't for everyone.
- Rectal Cancer 4/29/99, Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 8 weeks later)
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening

Post Edited (Marsky) : 10/8/2009 9:10:58 PM (GMT-6)


jt80
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   Posted 10/9/2009 5:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Marsky,I went and checked the MGS on my bottle of colace which is pescribed to me sure enough 100 MG,I will ask to be switched to 50MG maybe that will help.Guys I'm dealing with a lot besides my IBS mental issues brought on by the IBS.I'm experiencing paranoia that people know what I got through with my symptoms and that people can smell my mess and I think gas orders invisible gas orders are coming off of me especially after I've eaten something like it's coming out of my skin.Duh is'nt that stupid I hate to speak about this but it making me feel crazy and fearful of people very fearful,and plus found out I'm bipolar so my moods go up and down trigggered by my IBS.I just really hate the delusion part of this and paranoia oh when people come near me I start shaking.I pray hard and ask God to take away these feelings cause it's only the devil making me want to feel this way but I know it's a liar.I'm alone all the time the another night I was praying out loud and crying my eyes out I want the Lord to heal me from all this.I know he will I just have to have faith,I seek his face everyday cause I belong to the Lord and the devil is jealous trying every possible thing to not have belong to God.I wont give up I have faith and know I'll over come and finally have peace in my stomach and digesitve system.Lol wow I just typed a really long ass run on sentence with no type of puncuation lol to early in the morning for that.Guys please pray for me and I'll continue to do the same for you all take care sweeties all my love God is a healer but he'll show up sooner then later and have faith take care. :-)

Marsky
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   Posted 10/9/2009 10:16 AM (GMT -7)   
jt80 - when I tried 100 mg, I would try to take it about 36 hours apart. Every other day was too little, every day was too much so I tried for example to remember to take it on Monday morning and then Tuesday evening. But of course I'd forget and then either space them out 12 hours (not good) or longer. At some point a doctor said try the 50 mg strength. It seems to work for me. But not stocked at my local pharmacies (any of them). When I order it, it takes about a day to come in. Less than $20. Be careful if you see a generic 50 mg form of Colace. I took generic for about a year but learned that sennasides was in it, which as I posted above is an irritant to the colon lining. I had noticed my GI tract was more active (noisy, rumbling, etc.). The senna was irritating my tract when all I need was the simple, low strength stool softener. Now I'm back on the brand name, Colace, 50 mg. It's worth paying more money IMO and when I cut it close, ordering it and waiting for it to come in.

If you find that the 50 mg is too much, you could take it every other day possibly. Perhaps that would be a good schedule for you.

I know you have anxiety about your IBS. It's so easy to say but hard to implement, but try your best to put these worries out of your mind. People I work with even forget I have GI trouble. Family members sometimes forget too. I've found that most people do not even notice when we're having trouble. Unless we've clogged up a toilet and it's overflowing! Most people are nowadays so self absorbed in their own lives. They usually don't notice when someone's using a bathroom a lot or not feeling well. That's not to say they don't care about us, I have just found that my early into IBS days and worries I had, were for naught. Try to strive for that - realizing that the majority of people you'll encounter do not even notice our IBS symptoms.
- Rectal Cancer 4/29/99, Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 8 weeks later)
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening

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