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


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

Docusate sodium 120mg:

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.


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