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Docusate - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

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Information about Docusate

Generic Name : Docusate
Up-to-date prescription details regarding Docusate are provided here.
Pronunciation : doc-u-sate
Learn the correct pronunciation of the Docusate, understand it's uses, recommended dosages, its indications, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its and its storage instructions.
You will also find a list of the medication's International and Indian brand or trade names, as well as its pricing information. For verification of the information presented on this page or for additional clarifications, it's advisable to consult your doctor.
Therapeutic Classification : Stool Softener and Surfactants

Trade Names/Brand Names of Docusate

India : 

International : 


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 be taken? (Contraindications)

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

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 for Docusate?

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

Last Updated : August 11, 2022

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