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Should You Be Concerned About Colace Side Effects

Common Colace Side Effects

As with all chemical laxatives there will be side effects.

The most common side effects of Colace are;

  • stomach cramps
  • nausea
  • excessive gas
  • bloating diarrhea
  • dehydration
  • lowers potassium levels
  • muscle pains
  • throat irritation can occur using liquid Colace due to its bitter taste

Colace can cause dehydration, therefore drink plenty of fluids. The laxative can also lower levels of potassium which can cause aches and pains, especially in your joints.

To combat this eat foods that are rich in potassium such as kiwifruit and ripened bananas (unripe bananas are more constipating).

Colace Side Effects During Pregnancy

There is no confirmed data linking Colace or docusate sodium to any serious side effects. According to Drugs.com there have been a number of collaborative prenatal projects that monitored pregnant women exposed to docusate sodium.

None of these found a strong link or an association between docusate sodium and congenital abnormalities. Other concerns relating to docusate sodium showing up in breast milk have proved inconclusive at this stage.

Although there’s no strong evidence that docusate sodium has an adverse effect on the unborn child, caution should be taken. If you’re considering using Colace, speak to your doctor first, so that you’re clear on the possible risks.

The truth is, docusate sodium is a foreign chemical that you’re putting in your body. For this reason, especially when pregnant, use natural remedies for constipation as an alternative.

Severe Allergic Reactions

According to WebMD.com severe side effects from using Colace are unlikely.

“Unlikely”  doesn’t mean it may never happen. With this in mind, always monitor any changes to your body and the way you feel once you’ve taken Colace.

Contact your doctor immediately if you experience the following serious allergic reactions:

  • vomiting
  • swelling around the face, throat and mouth
  • difficulty breathing
  • rectal bleeding

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