How to Take Docusate and Dose of Docusate


Find out how to take Docusate (drug) and its dose. Describes the best time to take the drug and precautions if any that should be followed.

How to take Docusate


How it should be taken  

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

Dosage & When it is to be taken

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.

When it is not to be taken (Contraindications) 

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

Why it is 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.

Warnings and Precautions  

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.

Storage Conditions  

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