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Generic Name: docusate (DAH cue sate)
What is docusate?
Docusate is a stool softener. It makes stools softer and easier to pass.
Docusate is used to treat constipation due to hard stools, in painful anorectal conditions, and for people who should avoid straining during bowel movements.
Docusate may also have uses other than those listed in this product guide.
What is the most important information I should know about docusate?Do not use docusate if you have stomach (abdominal) pain, nausea, or vomiting, unless directed by doctor. Do not take mineral oil or aspirin while taking docusate, unless otherwise directed by your health care provider.
Who should not take docusate?Do not take docusate without first talking to your doctor if you have
You may not be able to take docusate or you may require special monitoring while taking docusate if you have any of the conditions listed above.Do not take docusate without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant. Do not take docusate without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. Some forms of docusate are formulated for use by children. Talk to the child"s doctor before using this product to treat a child.
How should I take docusate?
Take docusate exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.Take each dose with a full glass of water.
Docusate is available in tablet and capsule formulations. Swallow the tablets and capsules whole. Do not chew or crush them.Docusate is also available in liquid form. To ensure that you get the correct dosage, measure docusate with a dose-measuring spoon or cup, not a regular table spoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist where you can get one. Mix the liquid with 6 to 8 ounces of milk, fruit juice, or infant formula and drink immediately.
Docusate is also available for use as a rectal enema. To use a rectal enema:
The effect on stools is usually apparent 1 to 3 days after the first dose of docusate. Do not take docusate for more than 1 week unless otherwise directed by your doctor.Store docusate at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take only the next regularly scheduled dose. It is not necessary to take a double dose.
What happens if I overdose?Seek emergency medical attention.
Symptoms of a docusate overdose are not known but might include nausea, vomiting or stomach pain.
What should I avoid while taking docusate?Do not take mineral oil or aspirin while taking docusate, unless otherwise directed by your health care provider.
Docusate side effectsIf you experience any of the following uncommon but serious side effects, stop taking docusate and seek medical treatment or call your doctor immediately:
Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take docusate and talk to your doctor if you experience
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.
What other drugs will affect docusate?
Before taking docusate, tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following medicines:
You may not be able to take docusate, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring if you are taking any of the medicines listed above.
Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with docusate, and docusate may affect the actions of many other medicines, including the ones listed above. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines.
Where can I get more information?
What does my medication look like?
Docusate is available over-the-counter generically and under many brand names in several formulations. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about this medication, especially if it is new to you.
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