Stool Softener for gentle relief of constipation
Docusate sodium is the key active in Coloxyl® 50mg. It acts as a stool softener and works by drawing water back into the large intestine increasing the bulk and fluid content in the stool and making it softer and easier to pass.
Dosage Adults and children 12 years and over: Take 2 or 3 tablets twice daily.
Constipation refers to a reduction in the frequency of a bowel motion or increased difficulty in passing stools.
Coloxyl® can be purchased from pharmacies Australia wide.
Q:If I take Coloxyl® 50mg tablets as prescribed, will I suddenly have an urgent need to rush to the toilet?
Coloxyl® 50mg is a stool softening laxative. It should take effect within 12 – 72 hours2.
No. The general consensus amongst medical professionals is to begin therapy by increasing fibre and fluid intake if the existing diet is considered inadequate. There are however many other causes such as medications, pregnancy, reduced physical activity, changes in a person’s routine or ignoring the urge to go to the toilet which can all have an impact on the functioning of the bowel.
Normal bowel functions vary widely between different people. Everyone has their own bowel habit. The range can vary from once per week to several times every day, depending on the individual. The normal frequency of bowel motions in Western countries varies from 3 times per day to 3 times per week. In general a person’s bowel movements are considered infrequent if they are 3 times or less per week or if it is difficult and painful during the passage of stools.
Docusate sodium can sometimes cause abdominal discomfort and cramps. Prolonged use or overdose may lead to diarrhoea.
As for other medicines, ask for your Doctor's advice if you are pregnant, or likely to become pregnant during your course of taking Coloxyl®. The benefits must be assessed against possible risks.
As for other medicines, ask for your Doctor's advice if you are breast-feeding or likely to breast-feed.
Sometimes constipation is a symptom of a more serious condition. Check with you doctor if you have recurrent or severe cases of constipation or if bowel motions are blood-stained or black and tar-like, bowel habits change frequently from constipation to diarrhoea, motions become painful to pass, you are unwell experiencing fever, headache, vomiting and recent weight-loss. Prolonged use of laxatives is undesirable and may lead to dependence. If symptoms persist seek medical advice.
- Docusate sodium 50mg
- Sucrose, sodium, gluten, preservatives
- lactose, artificial colours.
- Do not give to children under 12 years of age.
- Do not use when abdominal pain, nausea or vomiting is present.
- If you are pregnant or breast feeding seek medical advice before taking this product.
- Drink plenty of water and increase fibre in diet except in cases of medication induced constipation.
- Due to sodium content of docusate sodium, caution should be exercised when giving to patients with congestive heart failure or hypertension.
- Care should be taken by patients with inflammatory bowel disease.
- Prolonged use of any laxative is undesirable and may lead to dependence.
- Consult your doctor if constipation persists.
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* IMS API Proprietary data Australia A6A - Laxatives Category - Units 1. Therapeutic Guidelines – Gastrointestinal Version 2 2011 2. Martindale. The Complete Drug Reference. 34th Edition, 2004. 3. www.gastro.net.au/diets/fibreboost Coloxyl® is a registered trademark of Aspen Pharma Pty Ltd. 34-36 Chandos Street, St Leonards NSW 2065 Australia