Without a Prescription
Docusate is prescribed is prescribed to treat constipation.
Docusate is prescribed to mix with the stool to keep them from becoming hard or dry.
Docusate is prescribed to treat occasional constipation.
Docusate works by increasing the amount of water the stool absorbs in the gut, making the stool softer and easier to pass.
Docusate is a stool softener.
Docusate is often used when straining to have a bowel movement should be avoided (after a heart attack or surgery).
Some medications and conditions can make constipation more likely.
Stool softeners such as docusate are often the first method used for preventing and treating this type of constipation.
Docusate is contraindicated if you have any of the following conditions:
- if you are allergic to Docusate;
- If you have any of the following health problems;
- if you have any other allergies;
- if you have nausea;
- if you have severe abdominal pain;
- if you have sudden change in bowel habits over the previous 2 weeks;
- if you have vomiting;
Do not take Docusate with any of the following drugs:
- Mineral oil;
- Drugs containing phenolphthalein;
Docusate side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
- Itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat);
- Rectal bleeding;
- Severe dizziness;
- Stomach pain;
- Trouble breathing;
Docusate may cause stomach ache, cramping or irritated throat (liquid and syrup forms). If these effects continue or become bothersome, inform your doctor.
Notify your doctor if you experience:
- Lack Of Bowel Movements;
- Rectal Bleeding;
- Skin Rash;
Frequent use of laxatives can cause dehydration and loss of essential nutrients. Symptoms include:
- Muscle Cramps;
- Muscle Weakness;
Other Brand Names
In some countries Docusate may also be known as: