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What is Docusate Sodium for:

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

How does Docusate Sodium work:

Docusate softens the stool.

How should Docusate Sodium be used:

Adult: PO- As Ca: 240 mgday. As Na: 50-300 mgday in divided doses, up to 500 mgday. Rectal: 120-200 mg as an enema. It comes as a capsule, syrup, and enema to take by mouth with or without food and through rectal.

Common side effects of Docusate Sodium :

Belly pain.

What do I do if I miss a dose

Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it. If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time. Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses. Do not change the dose or stop this drug. Talk with the doctor.

What precautions should I take when taking Docusate Sodium :

If you have an allergy to docusate or any other part of this drug. - Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs. - If you have any of these health problems: Bowel block, upset stomach, or throwing up.

When do I need to seek medical help

If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away. Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue or gray skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat. Very bad belly pain. Very hard stools (constipation). Any rash. Side effect or health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

Can I take Docusate Sodium with other medicines:

Sometimes drugs are not safe when you take them with certain other drugs and food. - Taking them together can cause bad side effects. - Be sure to talk to your doctor about all the drugs you take.

Are there any food restrictions

Avoid Alcohol

How do I store Docusate Sodium :

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

Pregnancy Category

Category C : Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.

Therapeutic Classification

Laxatives, Purgatives

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