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    • U.S. Brand Names: Colace® [OTC];Correctol® [OTC];Diocto [OTC];Docu-Soft [OTC];DocuSoft ST [OTC];DokT [OTC];DSS® [OTC];Dulcolax® Stool Softener [OTC];Dulcolax® [OTC];Enemeez® Plus [OTC];Enemeez® [OTC];Fleet® Pedia-LaxT Liquid Stool Softener [OTC];Fleet® Sof-lax® [OTC];Kaopectate® Stool Softener [OTC];Phillips'® Liquid-Gels® [OTC];Phillips'® Stool Softener Laxative [OTC];Silace [OTC]
    • Canadian Brand Names: Apo-Docusate-Sodium®;Colace®;Colax-C®;Novo-Docusate Calcium;Novo-Docusate Sodium;PMS-Docusate Calcium;PMS-Docusate Sodium;Regulex®;Selax®;SoflaxT
    • Pharmacologic Category: Stool Softener

    • This medicine is used to treat constipation.
    • Docusate softens the stool.


    How to take

    • Take this medicine at bedtime.
    • Take this medicine with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.
    • Drink plenty of noncaffeine-containing liquid unless told to drink less liquid by healthcare provider.
    • A liquid (syrup) is available if you cannot swallow pills.
    • Mix liquid with 1 cup of milk or juice.
    • Those who have feeding tubes can also use the liquid. Flush the feeding tube before and after medicine is given.

    Missed Dose

    • Many times this medicine is taken on an as needed basis.


    • Store at room temperature.



    • This medicine does not mix well with some medicines. Serious reactions may occur. Check all medicines with healthcare provider.


    • If you have an allergy to docusate or any other part of this medicine.
    • Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.
    • If you have any of the following conditions: Intestinal blockage, nausea, or vomiting.


    • Check medicines with healthcare provider. This medicine may not mix well with other medicines.
    • Tell healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
    • Tell healthcare provider if you are breast-feeding.

    Side Effects

    • Belly pain.


    • Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you suspect an overdose, call your local poison control center or emergency department immediately.
    • Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Severe belly pain.
    • Severe constipation.
    • Any rash.
    • No improvement in condition or feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.
    • Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.
    • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada return any unused drugs back to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th for more facts about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).
    • Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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