Docusate

Description

Docusate is a stool softener used in the treatment of constipation. It also prevents dry and hard stools.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Docusate

  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Excessive bowel activity
  • Intestinal obstruction
  • Throat irritation
  • Irritation around the rectum

Uses of Docusate

What is it prescribed for?

  • Constipation
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The amount of time required for this medicine to show its action is about 12 to 72 hours.
  • Duration of effect
    The time until which this medicine remains active in the body is not clinically established.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit forming tendency has been reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is recommended for use in pregnant women only if necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is recommended for use in breastfeeding women only if necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to docusate or any other components present along with it.

Intestinal Obstruction

Docusate is not recommended for use in patients with a known history of intestinal obstruction due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is recommended for use in pregnant women only if necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is recommended for use in breastfeeding women only if necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.
General warnings

Electrolyte imbalance

This medicine should be used with caution due to the increased risk of electrolytes and fluid imbalance. Report any side effects such as dizziness, weakness, or fainting to the doctor immediately.

Continuous use

This medicine is not recommended for use for more than 1 week due to the increased risk of dependence.

Stomach pain and nausea

It is advised to consult the doctor before taking this medicine if you have any stomach pain or nausea.

Missed Dose

If a dose of Docusate is missed, take the dose as soon as you remember it. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and take the next dose. Do not double the dose to make up for the missed one.

Overdose

Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine
Disease interactions

Disease

Information not available.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Take Docusate exactly as instructed by the doctor. The single dose of this medicine is usually taken at bedtime. Do not take larger amounts than prescribed. Seek emergency medical treatment in case of any severe side effects.
Miscelleneous

Usage does not depend on food timings

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Does not cause sleepiness

How it works
This medicine works by making the stool soft and easy to pass.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Approved

Approved

Classification

Category

Laxatives

Schedule

N/A

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https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=fa0f005b-bc52-4788-ae4c-2a05ab0023ab

Prescribing medicines in pregnancy database [Internet]. Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). 2017 [cited 9 August 2017]. Available from:

http://www.tga.gov.au/prescribing-medicines-pregnancy-database

Dioctyl 100 mg Capsules - Summary of Product Characteristics (SPC) - (eMC) [Internet]. Medicines.org.uk. 2017 [cited 14 August 2017]. Available from:

http://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/medicine/20702

Docusate sodium [Internet]. Pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. 2017 [cited 14 August 2017]. Available from:

https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/Docusate_sodium

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Information on this page was last updated on 15 Aug 2017

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