Children's Hospital Colorado

Docusate (Colace)

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You can take docusate sodium to help soften stools.


  • Colace Capsule: Swallow tablet whole, do not chew. Take 1 to 6 capsules daily

Extra Notes and Warnings:

  • This is an over-the-counter (OTC) drug. You can buy it at the drugstore.
  • Let your doctor know if you are pregnant.
  • Do not use for more than 1 week without talking to your doctor.

Common Brand Names:

  • Colace
  • Ex-Lax Stool softener
  • Surfak

Other Names:

  • Docusate calcium
  • Docusate sodium
  • Dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate

Read the instructions and warnings on the package insert for all medicines you take.