Docusate Sodium Stool Softener by Colace
Colace Docusate Sodium Stool Softener 100 mg - 60 Capsules
Colace Docusate Sodium Stool Softener relieves occasional constipation and may be useful for people with health conditions where stool softeners help to avoid straining or uncomfortable evacuation due to occasional constipation. The active ingredient in Colace Stool Softener – docusate sodium – is not a stimulant but a stool softener laxative that allows water and fats to enter the stool, which helps hydrate and soften the stool, making natural defecation more comfortable. Colace Docusate Sodium Capsules are useful to avoid difficult or painful defecation in constipation due to hard, dry stools.
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Constipation is one of the most common gastrointestinal complaints in the United States. More than 4 million Americans have issues with constipation, accounting for 2.5 million physician visits a year. Occasional irregularity may be treated safely, gently, and effectively through the use of a stool softener, such as Colace Capsules or a combination of a stool softener plus stimulant laxative, such as Peri-Colace Tablets.
Understanding the Discomfort of Constipation
The human body is so remarkable that daily wonders are easily taken for granted…until problems occur. One common problem is irregularity or constipation.
Constipation is a decrease in the frequency of stool, or difficulty in formation or passage of the stool. Each person has an individual bowel pattern, and frequency of normal evacuation may range from 3 bowel movements per day to only three per week. If this frequency decreases considerably, if there is pain, or if the stools passed are very hard, an individual can be considered constipated.
However, because what constitutes "normal" in terms of frequency differs greatly from person to person, healthcare providers often rely on a persons report of the uncomfortable effects of constipation - such as bloating, excessive gas, straining, and even pain due to hard, dry stools - as the best indicator that he or she is really experiencing constipation. It is important to understand constipation so that you can take steps to ease the discomfort and help your system return to a normal, healthy condition.
What Are Some of the Possible Symptoms of Constipation?
Some possible symptoms of constipation may include:
Infrequent bowel movements
Irregular bowel movements
Incomplete bowel movements
Pain or straining during bowel movements
Hard, dry stools
Excessive gas or bloating
If your constipation, or your need for a laxative, lasts for more than 7 days, or if you have nausea, vomiting, or stomach pain, you should see your doctor to make sure it's not a sign of a more serious condition.
What Are Some Common Causes of Constipation?
Some common cause of constipation include:
Low fiber diet and dehydration
Waiting too long or ignoring urge to have a bowel movement
Lack of physical activity
Eating and drinking too many dairy products
Changes in life or routine caused by pregnancy, aging, travel
General illnesses and various medications may also be associated with constipation.
Incorporate Healthy Habits into Your Daily Routine to Help in Preventing Constipation
Changes in diet and fluid intake
Drink plenty of fluids. If you are on a fluid restricted diet, please consult your physician about your recommended fluid intake.
Eat regular meals. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.
Avoid large amounts of milk, cheese, meat, fatty foods, and sugar if you are prone to constipation.
Eat foods high in fiber, such as whole grain and bran cereals, beans, potatoes, broccoli, corn, and fresh fruits.
Just a 20-30 minute walk or any other regular exercise can help prevent constipation.
Take regular bathroom breaks
Natural Ways to Avoid Irregularity
How and What We Eat
Hurried meals, skipped meals, certain weight-loss diets, and meals eaten on the run can all contribute to or aggravate constipation. Try to sit down, relax, and enjoy your meals in a leisurely manner. Family mealtimes are probably not the best times to talk about subjects such as homework, who scratched the car, or the latest credit-card bill that make family members tense and nervous.
If we want to avoid constipation, what we eat is important, too. And most important of all is to just include more fiber in our diet. Found in many fruits, vegetables, and whole grain breads and cereals, fiber helps your body develop soft, bulky stools that are easy to pass. In addition to adding healthy fiber to your diet, try to avoid over-processed foods with little fiber, such as chips, pizza, ice cream, frozen dinners, and instant potatoes.
If you decide to include more high-fiber foods in your diet, you may want to increase your fiber intake slowly in order to avoid bloating, gas, or unnecessary stomach upset. And remember: it usually takes a few days before you will feel the positive effects of your new healthy regimen.
Fiber in Your Diet
Why Consume Fiber?
When people eat too few fiber-containing foods, the stool may become hard, dry, and small. High fiber foods add bulk to waste products in your body, which tends to create larger, softer stools that move more easily through the colon.
What is Dietary Fiber?
What your mother or grandmother may have called "roughage," scientists call fiber. No matter what you call it, it is recommended that you and your family consume ample amounts. Fiber is not a specific food but an indigestible, complex carbohydrate found in plants. Fiber is divided into two categories water soluble and water insoluble. Soluble fibers are found in fruits such as prunes, apples, oranges, pears, peaches, grapes, seeds, and such vegetables as oat bran, dried beans, oatmeal, barley, and rye. Insoluble fibers are found in some vegetables, dried beans, wheat bran, seeds, popcorn, brown rice, and whole grain products such as breads, cereals, and pasta.
How much fiber should I consume?
The American Dietetic Association recommends an adult diet contains 20-35 grams of fiber a day. Most Americans consume only half this amount. Increasing your consumption of complex carbohydrates is the best way to increase fiber intake. Just make sure you increase your intake of fiber gradually as ingesting too much fiber too quickly can cause bloating, diarrhea, gas, and general discomfort.
Foods that will help you increase your fiber intake:
Choose fresh fruit or vegetables rather than juice
Eat the skin and membranes of cleaned fruits and vegetables
Choose bran and whole grain breads / cereals daily
Always accompany an increase in fiber with an increase in water
Eat less processed foods and more fresh ones
Some foods high in fiber content:
Dried beans, peas, and other legumes (This includes baked beans, kidney beans, split peas, dried limas, garbanzos, pinto beans, and black beans.)
Fresh or frozen lima beans or green peas
Dried fruit, topped by figs, apricots, and dates
Raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries
Sweet corn on the cob or cut off in kernels
Whole-wheat and other whole-grain cereal products
Rye, oats, buckwheat, and stone-ground cornmeal breads, pastas, pizza, pancakes, and muffins
Baked potato with the skin
Moderate exercise helps you to avoid and to relieve constipation. But more than just help you to avoid constipation, exercise can make you feel better all over by giving you more energy and generally encouraging better dietary habits.
Before beginning any new exercise routine, check with your physician. Its generally recommended that you exercise at least three times a week, steadily for 20 to 30 minutes, or enough to raise your heart rate. Start gradually and work up to a full workout. Be sure to include proper warm-up stretches and a cool-down period, as well. As you probably know, putting yourself through a tough workout without building up to it could result in injuries. Walking is an excellent way to start any exercise program. You can walk outside when it's temperate, or inside a gym or large shopping mall in bad or cold weather. For extra incentive, you may consider consulting a fitness expert or joining a fitness center. An instructor can help you set up an exercise schedule and keep you motivated. Most health clubs will also do a fitness test to help assess your fitness level.
Whatever you do, choose an exercise routine that fits nicely into your daily routine so that the benefits become a regular and enjoyable part of your life.
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Take only by mouth. Doses may be taken as a single daily dose or in divided doses.
- Adults and children 12 years and over: Take 1-3 capsules daily
- Children 2 to under 12 years of age: Take 1 capsule daily
- Children under 2 years: Ask a doctor
Do not use if you are presently taking mineral oil, unless told to do so by a doctor. Ask a doctor before use if you have stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, or have a noticed a sudden change in bowel habits that lasts over 2 weeks.
Stop use and ask a doctor if
- you have rectal bleeding or fail to have a bowel movement after use of a laxative. These could be signs of a serious condition.
- you need to use a stool softener laxative for more than 1 week.
If pregnant or breast-feeding, ask a health professional before use. Keep out of reach of children.