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Colace (Docusate Sodium)and/or alternatives
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Generic Alternative to Colace
Marketed as Taro-Docusate Sodium in Canada
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General Information on Colace
Colace is used for treating occasional constipation caused due to certain conditions and drugs. It can also be used for reducing rectal damage or pain caused due to hard stools or strain during bowel movement.
The generic name of the drug is Docusate, and it belongs to the class of stool softeners. It works by increasing water content in the stools and making them softer so that they can pass through easily. Colace is available in the form of oral tablets, oral solution, and enema.
Colace is often used for avoiding straining during bowel movements, especially after a surgery or heart attack.
Side effects of Colace
Colace is not meant to be used by patients suffering from severe nausea, vomiting or abdominal pain or intestinal blockage, or by those who’ve had sudden changes in bowel movements in the last 2 weeks. Such patients may have increased risks of developing serious side effects of the drug.
Some common side effects that Colace patients may experience include mild nausea or diarrhea, stomach pain, or cramping. Throat irritation may also occur if you are using the oral solution form of the medicine. Though these are mild side effects of the drug, you should inform your doctor immediately if any of these worsen or persist.
Serious side effects of Colace include rectal irritation or bleeding, rash or numbness around the rectum, continued constipation, severe stomach cramps, or diarrhea. Seek medical help immediately if you have any of these symptoms.
You should not buy Colace if you have an allergy to Docusate or to any of the active or inactive ingredients of the drug. You should not take any mineral oil during Colace treatment, unless your doctor advises you to do so. Also inform your doctor if you are following a low-salt diet at present. He/she may need to make some special dosage adjustments in order to avoid certain side effects of the drug.
Some hypersensitive patients may suffer from an allergic reaction after using Colace. Symptoms of an allergy include hives, severe dizziness, facial swelling, or difficulty breathing. Discontinue taking the medication and seek medical attention immediately if you witness any of the above mentioned symptoms.
Dosage of Colace
If you are using Colace oral tablets, you will need to take it orally with a full glass of juice or water, usually at bed time. The dosage and duration of the drug depends on the severity of your ailment and response to treatment.
If you are using the oral solution form of Colace, you can mix it in 4 to 8 ounces of milk, infant formula, or fruit juice. This will mask its bitter taste and also prevent throat irritation.
In case of Colace enema, you will have to insert the medicine into your rectum with the help of an applicator.
If you develop diarrhea after taking Colace, your doctor may decrease the dosage or ask you to discontinue using the drug at once. Your doctor will not recommend you to use Colace for more than 1 week. The desired results are usually achieved within 1 to 3 days.
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What is a "Generic" medication/drug?
Generic drugs are medications that have the comparable medicinal ingredients as the original brand name drug, but which are generally cheaper in price. Nearly 1 in 3 drugs dispensed are "generic". They undergo comparative testing to ensure that they are the same as their "brand" counterparts in:
- Active Ingredient (e.g. "Pravastatin" is the active ingredient in brand name Pravachol)
- Dosage (e.g. 10 mg of the active ingredient)
- Safety (e.g. same or similar side effects, drug interactions)
- Performance (e.g. 10 mg of a "generic" can be substituted for 10 mg of the "brand" and have the same therapeutic result)
- Intended use (e.g. both "generic" and "brand" would be prescribed for the same conditions)
What this means is that "generic" medications can be used as a substitute of their brand equivalents with comparable therapeutic results. There are a few exceptions (examples are outlined at the end of this page) and as always you should consult your physician before switching from a brand name medications to a generic or vice versa.
What differences are there between generic and brand?
While generics and brand equivalent drugs contain comparable active ingredients, they may be different in the following ways:
- Appearance (e.g. the scoring or markings)
The color, shape and size of the medication come from the fillers that are added to the active ingredients to make the drug. These fillers that are added to the drug have no medical use and do not to change the effectiveness of the final product. A generic drug must contain comparable active ingredients and must be comparable in strength and dosage to the original brand name equivalent. Generic drugs can be more cost effective than purchasing the brand name.
Why do generics cost less than the brand name equivalents?
When a new drug is "invented", the company that discovered it has a patent on it that gives them the exclusive production rights for this medication. Once the patent expires in a country, other companies can bring the product to market under their own name. This patent prevents other companies from copying the drug during that time so they can earn back their Research and Development costs through being the exclusive supplier of the product. After the patent expires however, other companies can develop a "generic" version of the product. These versions generally are offered at much lower prices because the companies do not have the same development costs as the original company who developed the medication.
The main thing to realize here though is that the two products are therapeutically comparable. They may look different, and be called something different, but they are required to be have the same active ingredient.
How are Generic drugs tested to ensure quality and efficacy?
The two most generally accepted methods to prove the safety of a generic version of a drug are to either repeat most of the chemistry, animal and human studies originally done, or to show that the drug performs comparably with the original brand name drug. This second option is called a "comparative bioavailability" study. During this type of study, volunteers are given the original drug, and then separately later the generic drug. The rates at which the drug is delivered to the patient (into their blood stream or otherwise absorbed) are measured to ensure they are the same. Because the same active ingredient is used the major concern is just that it delivers the common chemical(s) at the same rate so that they have the same effect. Please note that the methods that the manufacturers use may vary from country to country.