Colace Liquid for Earwax Removal

Hey world!

Just a little over a week before we head to the other side of the world – Singapore and Cambodia are on the itinerary.  Ooooh, I’m so excited for the food!

BTW (that means “by the way”, just so you know), I ran into a prescription the other night at work (or the prescription came to me, I should say) for Colace liquid to be placed in the ear.

I was like, what?  Obviously I was confused and I couldn’t quite figure out why the physician would prescribe the stool softener, Colace for the ear!

I searched for the answer in all of my resources at work with no avail, so I phoned Nova at home for some assistance.

She Googled “Colace liquid for earwax removal” and found some information for me.

Evidently, Colace liquid is quite effective as an earwax removal agent!  It works by dissolving or loosening the earwax, allowing it to be more easily removed upon irrigation.

All you have to do is lie down on your side with the affected ear facing up, instill 1mL (about 20 drops) of liquid Colace into the ear, and let the liquid sit in the ear for 15 minutes so it can do its job.

After the 15 minutes are up, rinse the affected ear with warm water (this is the irrigation part) so you can get the softened earwax out of your ear canal.  You can use the “blue bulb” usually found in the baby section as a way to help rinse the ear.

Studies are a little wishy-washy on whether Colace liquid is more effective than the other available earwax removal preparations.  The good news is that we do know for sure it is an effective and inexpensive option!

You most likely won’t be able to find it on the shelves at your local drugstore.  There will probably be a syrup formulation in the children’s laxative section – don’t use that one!

What you want is Colace liquid dropsAsk the pharmacist at the drugstore to order it for you – it should be able to be delivered the next day (depends if you get your order in before the daily deadline).

Yup, that’s all there is to it!  Let me know if you have any questions by throwing an e-mail to

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  1. I could not find a liquid Colace for the ear. It was suggested that I use a 100 mg Colace stool softener and cut the capsule tip off then use the liquid inside of capsule. Only trouble with that is, there only seems to be about one drop. Should I use multiple capsule?
    9 April 2013, 4:50 PM.

  2. Hi A.P.

    In the future, if you use a needle to puncture the capsule then squeeze out the goods – you should be able to get more of the liquid out! Also, most pharmacies can order the liquid for you -just ask the pharmacy staff!

    Good luck 🙂

    Nova Simpson, Pharm.D.

  3. I was prescribed colace by my ear doctor just recently, I find it no more effective than any other ear wax removal. Furthermore, I don’t really trust a product that is made to soften stool to be put inside of my ears after all the surgeries I’ve had on them. I don’t recommend this product for anything other than its intended use.

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