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General Information on Docusate

Generic Name : Docusate

Pronunciation : doc-u-sate

Latest prescription information about Docusate. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
Therapeutic Classification : Stool Softener and Surfactants

Trade Names/Brand Names of Docusate

Why is Docusate Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a stool softener, prescribed for constipation.  It works by increasing the amount of water into the bowel, which softens the stools.

When should Docusate not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients with hypersensitivity, intestinal obstruction, undiagnosed abdominal pain and prolonged use.

Pregnancy Category

A B C D X

Category C :

Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the fetus and there are no appropriate studies in pregnant women, but potential benefits may allow the use of the drug in pregnant women despite the potential for risks.

What is the dosage of Docusate?

Adult: PO- As Ca: 240 mg/day. As Na: 50-300 mg/day in divided doses, up to 500 mg/day. Rectal: 120-200 mg as an enema.

How should Docusate be taken?

It comes as a capsule, syrup, and enema to take by mouth with or without food and through rectal.

What are the warnings and precautions for Docusate?

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of bowel obstruction, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, rectal bleeding, any allergy, who are taking other medications, children, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
If you experience absence of bowel movement or rectal bleeding after taking this medication, consult with your doctor.

What are the side effects of Docusate?

   Oral : Diarrhea, nausea, abdominal cramps and skin rash.
   Rectal : Anorectal pain or bleeding.

What are the other precautions for Docusate?

Avoid long-term use.

What are the storage conditions of Docusate?

Store it at room temperature, and in an airtight container.

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