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)