docusate (doc cue sayt) is stool softener. It helps prevent constipation and straining or discomfort associated with hard or dry stools.
this medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
what should i tell my health care provider before i take this medicine?
they need to know if you have any of these conditions: -nausea or vomiting -severe constipation -stomach pain -sudden change in bowel habit lasting more than 2 weeks -an unusual or allergic reaction to docusate, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives -pregnant or trying to get pregnant -breast-feeding
how should i use this medicine?
take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the label. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.¬¨‚ä† talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this medicine may be prescribed for children as young as 2 years for selected
conditions, precautions do apply.
overdosage: if you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once. Note: this medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
where should i keep my medicine?
keep out of the reach of children.¬¨‚ä† store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees c (59 and 86 degrees f). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
note: this sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.
what should i watch for while using this medicine?
do not use for more than one week without advice from your doctor or health care professional. If your constipation returns, check with your doctor or health care professional.¬¨‚ä† drink plenty of water while taking this medicine. Drinking water helps decrease constipation.¬¨‚ä† stop using this medicine and contact your doctor or
health care professional if you experience any rectal bleeding or do not have a bowel movement after use. These could be signs of a more serious condition.
what side effects may i notice from receiving this medicine?
side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible: -allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue¬¨‚ä† side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome): -diarrhea -stomach cramps -throat irritation
this list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to fda at 1-800-fda-1088.