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Colace®, Dulcolax®, Pedia-Lax®, DocuSol®
Docusate Calcium, Docusate Potassium, Docusate Sodium
Often used for:
Docusate is a stool softener used to treat occasional constipation and hard stools. It may also be used to empty bowels before surgery or other medical procedures. It works by increasing the water content of stools.
Docusate is available over-the-counter (OTC) without a prescription. Some products may use a combination of docusate and senna.
May be taken as a liquid by mouth
May be taken as a tablet or capsule by mouth
May be given rectally as an enema
Not all patients who take docusate will experience these side effects. Please report all suspected side effects to your doctor or pharmacist.
Be sure to discuss these and other recommendations with your doctor or pharmacist.