Docusate sodium | laxative| stool softener drug

Docusate sodium | laxative| stool softener drug

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What is constipation?

Normal and regular bowel movement is important for most people. However, what is ‘normal and regular’ varies from person to person. Some may have a bowel movement every day, others less often. Whatever it is like for you, it is best that your bowel movement has a regular pattern.

• Constipation is an occasional problem for some people – for others, it may happen more often

• Constipation happens when the normal muscle actions in the bowel slow down Docusate sodium this medicine is a laxative. It belongs to a group of medicines called ‘stool softeners’.

• Docusate sodium is used to treat constipation in adults and children 12 years and over

Dosage

Docusate sodium 50mg: Adults and children 12 years and over: Two or three tablets/capsules twice daily, as necessary

Docusate sodium 120mg:

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Adults and children 12 years and over: Two tablets/capsules once daily, as necessary

Pregnancy and breast feeding

If you are pregnant or breast feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your pharmacist or doctor for advice before taking this medicine.

Possible side effects

• Feeling sick (nausea)

• Diarrhoea

• Stomach cramps

Not known: frequency cannot be estimated from the available data

• Skin rash

• Pruritus (itching) Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you get any of the side effects listed above.







Reference
https://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-323/docusate-sodium-oral/details
https://www.rxlist.com/consumer_docusate_colace/drugs-condition.htm
https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/Docusate-sodium
https://www.nhs.uk/medicines/docusate/
https://bnf.nice.org.uk/drug/docusate-sodium.html
https://www.journalofhospitalmedicine.com/jhospmed/article/193136/hospital-medicine/things-we-do-no-reason-prescribing-docusate-constipation
https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/drugs/20511-docusate-sodium-senna-tablets-or-capsules

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