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Drug Information For:


Ingredient Name:

DOCUSATE (DOK-yoo-sate)

Drug Manufacturer:


Common Uses:

This medicine is a stool softener used to treat constipation due to hard stools.

Before Using This Medicine:

Some medicines or medical conditions may interact with this medicine. INFORM YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST of all prescription and over-the-counter medicine that you are taking. Inform your doctor of any other medical conditions, allergies, pregnancy, or breast-feeding. USE OF THIS MEDICINE IS NOT RECOMMENDED if you have appendicitis or a history of bowel obstruction. Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns about using this medicine.

How to Use This Medicine:

Use this medicine exactly as directed on the package, unless instructed differently by your doctor. DRINK SEVERAL GLASSES of water or other liquid each day while you are taking this medicine. STORE THIS MEDICINE at room temperature in a tightly-closed container, away from heat and light. IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF THIS MEDICINE and you are using it regularly, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.


IF YOUR SYMPTOMS DO NOT IMPROVE WITHIN 1 WEEK, or if they become worse, check with your doctor. Do not use this medicine for more than 1 week unless prescribed by your doctor. USING THIS MEDICINE for a long time may result in loss of normal bowel function. DO NOT TAKE this medicine with other laxatives or stool softeners, unless directed by your doctor. DO NOT USE this medicine if you experience abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, or rectal bleeding, except under the direction of your doctor. IF YOU NOTICE A SUDDEN CHANGE IN BOWEL HABITS which lasts for 2 weeks or more, check with your doctor. Do not continue using this medicine. FOR WOMEN: IF YOU PLAN ON BECOMING PREGNANT, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using this medicine during pregnancy.

Possible Side Effects:

SIDE EFFECTS, that may go away during treatment, include bitter taste, throat irritation or nausea. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your healthcare provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.


If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.

Additional Information:

DO NOT SHARE THIS MEDICINE with others for whom it was not prescribed. DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE for other health conditions. KEEP THIS MEDICINE out of the reach of children.

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