Occasional constipation can be quite uncomfortable and keep you from enjoying your daily activities. A dependable product such as Colace Plus can help you manage occasional constipation, offering overnight relief from your symptoms. Colace Plus can get your bowel movements back on track often with one dose.
What is occasional constipation?
Constipation makes it more difficult to pass stool, while often reducing the frequency of bowel movements. If you find your bowel movements are uncomfortable, you feel like you still have stool to pass following bowel movements, or you are having fewer bowel movements, you are more than likely constipated.
What are the symptoms of occasional constipation?
Common signs and symptoms of constipation include:
- Less than three bowel movements a week
- Dry, lumpy or hard stools when you do have a bowel movement
- Pain when passing stools
- Crampy, achy stomach
- Feeling bloated
- Feeling you still have stool in your bowels following a bowel movement
Although you might choose to ignore your symptoms in the hopes they will go away, if you experience pain during bowel movements, blood in your stools, or your constipation symptoms last more than three weeks, you should speak with your doctor or our team of Colace experts to find a solution that works for your body.
Colace products contain docusate sodium to soften stool. Docusate increases the amount of water the stool absorbs in the gut, making the stool softer. However, Colace Plus contains not just docusate but also standardized senna, a natural laxative containing sennosides.
Senna is derived from the leaves and flowers of the senna plant. The sennosides painlessly “irritate” the lining of the bowel causing a laxative effect. As a result, you have both the softening power of the docusate as well as the stimulation of the senna to gently stimulate motility of the intestines while reducing discomfort associated with hardened stool.
This product offers two great benefits, highly effective laxative and stool softener in one product to relieve occasional constipation while promoting good digestive health.
When should you use Colace Plus?
If you are experiencing common symptoms of constipation, you can use Colace Plus. Be sure to follow the instructions on the package when using Colace Plus for occasional constipation, or constipation related to underlying medical conditions. Speak to your doctor to ask if Colace Plus is right for you.
How to Take Colace Plus
Follow the recommended dosage for Colace Plus on the package. It is the perfect solution for overnight relief as it takes six to twelve hours to stimulate the intestines and soften the stool. Taken at bedtime, you will sleep while it works and have a comfortable bowel movement before heading out to work or school. It is recommended to drink a glass of water when taking Colace Plus and never take more than the recommended dose?
When is it unsafe to take senna and stool softeners?
Do not use stool softeners or laxatives if you are allergic to docusate sodium or senna.
If you are experiencing other symptoms, including severe abdominal pain, nausea, fever or vomiting, you should speak to your doctor before taking a product such as Colace Plus.
Always discuss other medications you are taking with your doctor or pharmacist when asking for a laxative or stool softening recommendation.
Do not take stool softeners with mineral oil. Do not take products containing senna if you:
- Are pregnant or might be pregnant
- Have a possible bowel obstruction
- Have Crohn’s disease
- Have ulcerative colitis
- Could have appendicitis
How to Reduce Risk for Constipation
A healthier lifestyle and diet can reduce the risk for constipation including:
- Eating foods rich in fibre such as fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole-grains and cereals
- Drinking at least eight glasses of water each day
- Getting more exercise
- Reducing stress
- Using the bathroom when you feel the urge to have a bowel movement
Following these suggestions can help you enjoy regular bowel movements and avoid constipation.
When to Call Your Doctor
Although constipation is common, ignoring frequent or long-lasting bouts of constipation can be dangerous. Always speak to your doctor if:
- This is your first experience with constipation
- There is blood in your stool, or when you “wipe”
- You experience unexplained weight loss in hand with your constipation
- You have severe stomach pain either when you have a bowel movement or throughout the day and night
- Your constipation lasts longer than three consecutive weeks
Constipation in hand with these symptoms could possibly indicate a more serious underlying condition. Your doctor can assess your symptoms and take steps to provide a diagnosis.
Colace Plus is a gentle, dependable stool softener and laxative combination to treat occasional constipation overnight. For more information click here to find where you can purchase Colace Clear products or speak to your doctor or pharmacist.