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Pronunciation:DOK ue sate
Brand:Calcium Stool Softener, Colace, Correctol Softgel Extra Gentle, D-S Caps, Diocto, Doc-Q-Lace, Docu, Docu Soft, Doculase, Docusoft S, DocuSol, DOK, DOS, DSS, Dulcolax Stool Softener, Enemeez Mini, Fleet Sof-Lax, Kao-Tin, Kaopectate Stool Softener, Kasof, Phillips Stool Softener, Silace, Sur-Q-Lax

DC-240 mg

oblong, red, imprinted with P58

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Docusate 100 mg-WAT

red, imprinted with 7112

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Docusate Sodium 100 mg-UDL

red, imprinted with P51

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Stool Softener 100 mg-ALT

oval, red/white, imprinted with L486

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What is the most important information I should know about docusate?

emtYou should not use docusate if you are allergic to it, or if you have a blockage in your intestines. Do not use docusate while you are sick with nausea, vomiting, or stomach pain.
donotDo not take mineral oil while using docusate, unless your doctor tells you to.

Ask a doctor or pharmacist before using docusate if you are on a low-salt diet, if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, or if you have recently had a sudden change in your bowel habits lasting for longer than 2 weeks.

What is docusate?

Docusate is a stool softener. It makes bowel movements softer and easier to pass.

Docusate is used to treat or prevent constipation, and to reduce pain or rectal damage caused by hard stools or by straining during bowel movements.

Docusate may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using docusate?

emtYou should not use docusate if you are allergic to it, or if you have a blockage in your intestines. Do not use docusate while you are sick with nausea, vomiting, or stomach pain.
donotDo not take mineral oil while using docusate, unless your doctor tells you to.

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

  • 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.
nopregIt is not known whether docusate will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.
nobrfeedIt is not known whether docusate passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
nochildDo not give this medication to a child younger than 2 years old without the advice of a doctor.

How should I use docusate?

Use 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.

waterTake docusate tablets or capsules with a full glass of water. Drink plenty of liquids while you are taking docusate.
nocrushDo not crush, chew, or break a docusate capsule. Swallow it whole.

Measure liquid medicine with a special dose-measuring spoon or medicine cup, not with a regular table spoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one. Mix the liquid with 6 to 8 ounces of milk, fruit juice, or infant formula and drink the mixture right away.

icon28Do not take docusate rectal enema by mouth. It is for use only in your rectum.
icon27Wash your hands before and after using docusate rectal enema.

Try to empty your bowel and bladder just before using the enema.

Twist off the applicator tip. Lie down on your left side with your knees bent, and gently insert the tip of the enema applicator into the rectum. Squeeze the tube to empty the entire contents into the rectum. Throw away the tube, even if there is still some medicine left in it.

After using docusate, you should have a bowel movement within 12 to 72 hours. Call your doctor if you have not had a bowel movement within 1 to 3 days.

emtDo not use docusate for longer than 7 days unless your doctor has told you to. Overuse of a stool softener can lead to serious medical problems.
rtStore at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Since docusate is used as needed, you may not be on a dosing schedule. If you are using the medication regularly, 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?

emtSeek 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 docusate?

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

Avoid using the bathroom just after using docusate enema.

What are the possible side effects of docusate?

emtGet emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
emtStop using docusate and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
  • rectal bleeding or irritation;
  • numbness or a rash around your rectum;
  • severe diarrhea or stomach cramps; or
  • continued constipation.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • mild diarrhea; or
  • mild nausea.

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 docusate?

There may be other drugs that can interact with docusate. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

Where can I get more information?

Your pharmacist can provide more information about docusate.

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

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