Docusate sodium - oral

Patient Medicine Information
Why do I need this medicine?
Docusate Sodium belongs to a group of medicines called emollient laxatives. This medicine is used to prevent and treat constipation by allowing water to be absorbed in the stool, making it softer and easier to pass out.

This medicine is also used for the following conditions:

- reduce straining in patients with hemorrhoids (swollen veins in the anus) and anal fissure (cut or tear in anus)
- empty the bowel before a certain diagnostic procedure (together with other medicines)
How do I take this medicine?
Take Docusate Sodium exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

Try to take this medicine at the same time each day.

Docusate Sodium is available as a tablet, capsule, or oral syrup.

If you are taking a tablet or capsule, swallow it whole with a drink of water.

If you are taking the oral syrup, shake the bottle well before you take it to ensure that the liquid is evenly mixed. Use the measuring spoon or cup provided to measure out your prescribed dose. The syrup should taken with a glass of milk, juice, or infant formula.
What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.
When should I not use this medicine?
Alert your doctor if you have the following conditions:

- intestinal obstruction (blocked bowel)
- stomach pain
- nausea
- vomiting
as Docusate Sodium may not be suitable for you.

Do not take Docusate Sodium with other medicines used to treat constipation such as mineral oil.
What should I take note of while using this medicine?
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Avoid long-term use of any laxatives.

Be sure to check with your doctor or pharmacist before giving this medicine to a child.

What lifestyle changes should I make to improve my digestion?

A healthy, balanced diet and regular exercise are keys to helping intestinal bowel functions normally.

Follow a healthy diet plan by eating foods rich in fiber. Some examples of these foods are bran, beans, berries, whole grains, green and leafy vegetables, nuts, seeds, squash, and many other things under this category. Reduce intake of foods such as milk, cheese, white rice, white flour, and red meat as they will contribute to constipation.

Constipation is also caused by lack of water in your body and mainly in stool. You should drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Restrict the intake of caffeine-containing beverages such as coffee, tea and certain soft drinks.

Engage in physical activity (e.g. walking) at least 30 to 60 minutes on most days of the week. If you have not exercised for a long time, start with light exercises such as slow walks. You will find that keeping to a regular exercise regimen is enjoyable and helps not only your muscles but also it stimulates the natural contraction of your intestines, making it easier to pass out your stool in your body. Speak to your doctor about what type of exercise would be suitable for you.
What side effects could I experience?
Docusate Sodium may cause any of the following side effects: diarrhoea, nausea, stomach cramps, and skin rash. If you have diarrhoea, drink lots of water to replace the fluids lost.

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Can I take this with other medicines?
Do not take Docusate Sodium with other medicines used to treat constipation such as mineral oil.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Avoid alcohol.
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.

This information is independently developed by MIMS based on docusate sodium - oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2021 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by
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