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Doc-Q-Lace Uses


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What is Doc-Q-Lace?

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Doc-Q-Lace (Doc-Q-Lace) is a stool softener. It makes bowel movements softer and easier to pass.

Doc-Q-Lace is used to treat or prevent occasional constipation.

Doc-Q-Lace is also used to reduce pain or rectal damage caused by hard stools or by straining during bowel movements.

Doc-Q-Lace indications

An indication is a term used for the list of condition or symptom or illness for which the medicine is prescribed or used by the patient. For example, acetaminophen or paracetamol is used for fever by the patient, or the doctor prescribes it for a headache or body pains. Now fever, headache and body pains are the indications of paracetamol. A patient should be aware of the indications of medications used for common conditions because they can be taken over the counter in the pharmacy meaning without prescription by the Physician. sponsored

Doc-Q-Lace ear drops facilitate the easy removal of ear wax.

How should I use Doc-Q-Lace?

Use Doc-Q-Lace exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Take this medicine with a full glass of water. Drink plenty of liquids while you are taking Doc-Q-Lace.

Do not chew, break, or open a Doc-Q-Lace softgel capsule. Swallow the capsule whole.

After taking this medicine you should have a bowel movement within 12 to 72 hours.

Do not use Doc-Q-Lace for longer than 7 days unless your doctor has told you to. Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve, or if you have not had a bowel movement within 1 to 3 days. Overuse of a stool softener can lead to serious medical problems.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

Uses of Doc-Q-Lace in details

There are specific as well as general uses of a drug or medicine. A medicine can be used to prevent a disease, treat a disease over a period or cure a disease. It can also be used to treat the particular symptom of the disease. The drug use depends on the form the patient takes it. It may be more useful in injection form or sometimes in tablet form. The drug can be used for a single troubling symptom or a life-threatening condition. While some medications can be stopped after few days, some drugs need to be continued for prolonged period to get the benefit from it.

This medication is used to treat occasional constipation. Some medications and conditions can make constipation more likely. Stool softeners such as Doc-Q-Lace are often the first method used for preventing and treating this type of constipation. Doc-Q-Lace is often used when straining to have a bowel movement should be avoided (e.g., after a heart attack or surgery).

Doc-Q-Lace is a stool softener. It works by increasing the amount of water the stool absorbs in the gut, making the stool softer and easier to pass.

How to use Doc-Q-Lace

Follow all directions on the product package unless otherwise directed by your doctor. If you are uncertain about any of the information, consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Take this medication by mouth, usually at bedtime with a full glass (8 ounces or 240 milliliters) of water or juice, or as directed by your doctor. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy. Decrease your dose or stop taking this medication if you develop diarrhea.

If you are using the liquid form of this medication, measure the dose carefully using a special measuring device/spoon. Do not use a household spoon because you may not get the correct dose. If you are using the drops, measure the medication with the dropper provided, or use a dose-measuring spoon or device to make sure you have the correct dose. Mix the syrup, liquid or drops in 4 to 8 ounces of fruit juice, milk or infant formula to prevent throat irritation and mask a bitter taste.

Use this medication only when needed. Do not use this product for more than 1 week unless directed by your doctor.

Relief is usually seen in 1 to 3 days.

Inform your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.

Doc-Q-Lace description


Doc-Q-Lace ear drops contains Docusate Sodium BP 0.5% w/v in a water-soluble base.

Excipients/Inactive Ingredients: Preservative (mixed parabens in 2-phenoxyethanol) 0.6%.

Doc-Q-Lace dosage

Unless otherwise directed by the physician, let the patient lie on the side, with the affected ear uppermost, turning the head sideways slightly towards the surface on which the patient is lying. With the dropper in the cap, fill the ear canal with Doc-Q-Lace. Let the patient stay in this position for four or five minutes then insert a cotton wool plug. If the other ear is affected, repeat for that ear in the same way. Apply Doc-Q-Lace for two consecutive nights, which should be immediately before an appointment with a physician or attending for syringing.

Doc-Q-Lace interactions

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Nonclinical data have shown that loperamide is a P-glycoprotein substrate. Concomitant administration of loperamide (16 mg single dose) with a 600 mg single dose of either quinidine, or ritonavir, both of which are P-glycoprotein inhibitors, resulted in a 2- to 3- fold increase in loperamide plasma levels. Due to the potential for enhanced central effects when loperamide is coadministered with quinidine and with ritonavir, caution should be exercised when loperamide is administered at the recommended dosages (2 mg, up to 16 mg maximum daily dose) with P-glycoprotein inhibitors.

When a single 16-mg dose of loperamide is coadministered with a 600 mg single dose of saquinavir, loperamide decreased saquinavir exposure by 54%, which may be of clinical relevance due to reduction of therapeutic efficacy of saquinavir. The effect of saquinavir on loperamide is of less clinical significance. Therefore, when loperamide is given with saquinavir, the therapeutic efficacy of saquinavir should be closely monitored.

Doc-Q-Lace side effects

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Applies to Doc-Q-Lace: capsules, tablets

Other dosage forms:

  • enema
  • liquid
  • syrup

Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Bitter taste; bloating; cramping; diarrhea; gas; irritation around the rectum; throat irritation.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur while taking Doc-Q-Lace (the active ingredient contained in Doc-Q-Lace)

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue) fainting; nausea; vomiting.

Doc-Q-Lace contraindications

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Pseudomembranous colitis caused by antibiotic use; acute diarrhea associated with organisms that penetrate intestinal wall (eg, toxigenic Escherichia coli, Salmonella, Shigella ); conditions in which constipation should be avoided; bloody diarrhea; fever; acute ulcerative colitis (potential for toxic megacolon).

Active ingredient matches for Doc-Q-Lace:

Docusate Sodium


List of Doc-Q-Lace substitutes (brand and generic names)

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Unit description / dosage (Manufacturer) Price, USD
Disonate (India)
Disonate 200mg Tablet (Samarth Pharma Pvt. Ltd.) $ 0.13
DocQLace (United States)
DocQLace Syrup
Docu (United States)
Docu Soft
Docuprene Tablets
Capsule; Oral; Docusate Sodium 100 mg
Syrup; Oral; Docusate Sodium 20 mg / 5 ml
Syrup; Oral; Docusate Sodium 4 mg / ml
Capsule; Oral; Docusate Sodium 240 mg
Syrup; Oral; Docusate Sodium 50 mg / ml
Docusate 10
Docusate 100
Docusate 20
Docusate Enema
Docusate Liquid
Docusate Sodium (Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Tunisia, United Kingdom)
Docusate Sodium 100mg Laboratoires Trianon (Canada)
Docusate Sodium Apotex (Canada)
Docusate Sodium Mylan (United States)
Docusate Sodium Paediatric (United Kingdom)
Docusate Sodium Pharmascience (Hong Kong)
Docusate Sodium Pharmascience 100 mg x 3 x 10’s
Docusate Sodium Pharmascience 100 mg x 10 x 10’s
Docusate Sodium Pharmascience 100 mg x 1, 000’s
Docusate Sodium Pro Doc (Canada)
Docusate Sodium Rougier (Canada)
Docusate Sodium Roxane (United States)
Docusate Sodium Sanis Health (Canada)
Docusate Sodium Taro (Canada)
Docusate Sodium Teva (Canada)
Docusate Syrup
Docusate-Humanity (Georgia)
Docusoft (United States)
Capsule; Oral; Docusate Sodium 100 mg (Reese)
Docusoft S
Docusoft-S (United States)
Docusol (United Kingdom)
DocuSol Kids

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Generic Name: docusate sodium (DOK ue sate SOE dee um)
Brand Names: Doc-Q-Lace

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Sep 17, 2018.

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Important Information

You should not use Doc-Q-Lace if you have a blockage in your intestines. Do not use Doc-Q-Lace while you are sick with nausea, vomiting, or severe stomach pain.

You should not take mineral oil while using Doc-Q-Lace.

Before taking this medicine

You should not use Doc-Q-Lace if you are allergic to docusate sodium, or if you have:

  • nausea, vomiting, or severe stomach pain;

  • a blockage in your intestines; or

  • chronic stomach pain that has not been checked by a doctor.

You should not take mineral oil while using Doc-Q-Lace.

Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to take docusate sodium:

  • if you are on a low-salt diet; or

  • if you have recently had a sudden change in your bowel habits lasting for longer than 2 weeks.

It is not known whether docusate sodium will harm an unborn baby. Do not use Doc-Q-Lace without a doctor’s advice if you are pregnant.

It is not known whether docusate sodium passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medicine without a doctor’s advice if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Do not give this medicine to a child younger than 6 years old without the advice of a doctor.

Doc-Q-Lace dosing information

Usual Adult Dose for Constipation:

Oral: 50 to 400 mg orally administered in 1 to 4 equally divided doses each day.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Constipation:

less than 3 years: 10 to 40 mg orally divided in 1 to 4 doses.
3 to 6 years: 20 to 60 mg orally divided in 1 to 4 doses.
6 to 12 years: 40 to 150 mg orally divided in 1 to 4 doses.
greater than 12 years: 50 to 400 mg (using any of the salt forms) orally administered in 1 to 4 equally divided doses each day.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Since Doc-Q-Lace is used when needed, you may not be on a dosing schedule. If you are on a schedule, use the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

Overdose symptoms may include nausea, vomiting or stomach pain.

What should I avoid while using Doc-Q-Lace?

Avoid using laxatives or other stool softeners unless your doctor has told you to.

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using Doc-Q-Lace and call your doctor at once if you have:

  • pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest;

  • a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out;

  • rectal bleeding or irritation;

  • numbness or a rash around your rectum;

  • vomiting, severe diarrhea or stomach cramps; or

  • continued constipation, or no bowel movement.

Common Doc-Q-Lace side effects may include:

  • dizziness, weakness;

  • gas, bloating, mild diarrhea;

  • rectal irritation; or

  • sweating.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect Doc-Q-Lace?

Other drugs may interact with docusate sodium, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use now and any medicine you start or stop using.

Further information

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use Doc-Q-Lace only for the indication prescribed.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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Colace vs Dulcolax: Main Differences and Similarities

Colace (docusate) and Dulcolax (bisacodyl) are laxative drugs that can treat constipation. Both drugs can be acquired over the counter (OTC) or with a prescription. Although they are both laxatives, Colace is an emollient laxative and Dulcolax is a stimulant laxative. These laxatives have other distinct features that may be more beneficial depending on a person’s needs.


Colace is known by its chemical name, docusate sodium. As an emollient laxative, it works by drawing in water from the small intestines to soften the feces. This is why Colace is also considered a “stool softener”.

Colace is available over the counter as a 50 mg and 100 mg oral capsule. Other generic oral syrups and liquids can also be taken as well. The usual dose is once daily at least a couple hours before or after other medications. Colace can take up to three days to produce effects although most people feel laxative relief within 48 hours.


Dulcolax is known by its generic name, bisacodyl. It is a stimulant laxative that works directly in the small intestine to cause a bowel movement. Like Colace, it is taken for constipation although it can also be used to clear the bowel before a colonoscopy procedure.

Dulcolax is available as a 5 mg enteric coated tablet and a 10 mg rectal suppository. The typical dose for constipation is one to three oral tablets once daily. Rectal suppositories produce effects within 15 minutes to one hour after a single dose. Effects from Dulcolax oral tablets can be felt within six to 10 hours.

Colace vs Dulcolax Side by Side Comparison

Colace and Dulcolax are common laxatives. Despite their similar uses, they both have distinct features. These drugs can be further reviewed in the table below.

Colace Dulcolax
Prescribed For
  • Constipation
  • Bowel preparation
  • Constipation
  • Bowel preparation
  • Neurogenic bowel dysfunction
Drug Classification
  • Laxative
  • Emollient laxative
  • Laxative
  • Stimulant laxative
  • Purdue Products
  • Boehringer Ingelheim
Common Side Effects
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Bitter taste
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Diarrhea
  • Rectal inflammation
  • Nausea
  • Flatulence
Is there a generic?
  • Yes
  • Docusate sodium
  • Yes
  • Bisacodyl
Is it covered by insurance?
  • Varies according to your provider
  • Varies according to your provider
Dosage Forms
  • Oral capsule
  • Oral suspension
  • Oral tablet, enteric coated
  • Rectal suppository
Average Cash Price
  • $11 per 100 capsules
  • $13 per 8 suppository tablets
SingleCare Discount Price
  • Colace Price
  • Dulcolax Price
Drug Interactions
  • Mineral oil
  • Aluminum containing antacids
Can I use while planning pregnancy, pregnant, or breastfeeding?
  • Colace is in Pregnancy Category C. Some data shows possible fetal harm. Consult a physician regarding taking Colace while pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Dulcolax is in Pregnancy Category B. Consult a physician regarding steps to take if pregnant or breastfeeding.


Colace (docusate) and Dulcolax (bisacodyl) are effective medications that can treat constipation. While they both can be prescribed or purchased over the counter, they differ in how they work. Colace is an emollient laxative while Dulcolax is a stimulant laxative.

Colace may be an option for occasional constipation whereas Dulcolax could be recommended when other options fail. This is because Dulcolax can produce laxative effects quicker as a more potent drug. Colace may take up to three days to produce relieving effects.

Both drugs share similar side effects such as abdominal discomfort and diarrhea (if high doses are taken). In pregnant patients, Dulcolax may be more suitable due to its less severe pregnancy category. Despite their similarities and differences, Colace and Dulcolax should only be used under the guidance of a healthcare provider.

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