Docusate use while Breastfeeding

Drugs containing Docusate: Colace, Doc-Q-Lace, Senna S, Surfak, Senna Plus, Senokot S, DSS, Peri-Colace, Dulcolax Stool Softener, DOK, Show all 98 »Doculase, Ferro-Sequels, Diocto, Doculax, Senexon-S, DOS, Promolaxin, Laxacin, Docuprene, Surfak Stool Softener, Silace, Phillips Stool Softener, Dioctyn, Dionex, Docu, Docusil, Doxidan, Dok Plus, Sennalax-S, Sulfalax Calcium, Doc-Q-Lax, Ferocyl, Sulfolax, Ex-Lax Stool Softener, Enemeez Mini, Aqualax, Colace Micro-Enema, Octycine-250, DC-240, Ferro-DSS, Ferrous DS, Ferro Basic, Femintrol, Ferro-Caps, SenoSol-SS, Octycine-100, DocuSol, Kaopectate Stool Softener, Kao-Tin, Fe-Stool, Feminine Lax, Gentlax S, Docucal-P, Therevac-SB, Ex-Lax Gentle Strength, Phillips Gel, Unilax, Ex-Lax Extra Gentle, Dialose Plus, Modane Plus, Doxidan Softgel Laxative Plus Stool Softener, Femilax, Regulax SS, Perestan, Genasoft Plus, DSS Plus, Peri-DOS, Peri-DS, Doculax Plus, Strong Caps, DSMC Compound Plain, Aqualax Forte, Diocto-C, Vacuant Plus, Enemeez Plus, Dioctolose, Diocto-K Plus, Octycine, Docu Soft Plus, Pedia-Lax Liquid Stool Softener, Dialose, D-S Caps, Calube, Calcium Stool Softener, Genasoft, Sur-Q-Lax, Fleet Sof-Lax Stool Softener, Doss-Relief, Docusoft S, Docucal, Therevac Plus, Modane Soft, Kasof, Dioeze, Dioctocal, Docu Soft, Dioctosoftez, Correctol Softgel Extra Gentle

Docusate Levels and Effects while Breastfeeding

Summary of Use during Lactation

Docusate is minimally absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract and therefore the drug is unlikely to be found in the maternal serum or breastmilk. Laxatives that are completely unabsorbed may be preferred.[2]

Drug Levels

Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Infant Levels. Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Effects in Breastfed Infants

In a randomized, blinded trial, 35 postpartum breastfeeding patients received a laxative containing docusate in a dose of 120 mg daily in addition to danthron 100 mg daily. One patient stated that diarrhea occurred in her breastfed infant.[1] The diarrhea was most likely caused by the danthron.

Possible Effects on Lactation

Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Alternate Drugs to Consider

Bisacodyl, Magnesium Hydroxide, Psyllium, Senna

References

1. Greenhalf JO, Leonard HS. Laxatives in the treatment of constipation in pregnant and breast-feeding mothers. Practitioner. 1973;210:259-63. PMID: 4570522

2. Lewis JH, Weingold AB and the Committee of FDA-Related Matters, American College of Gastroenterology. The use of gastrointestinal drugs during pregnancy and lactation. Am J Gastroenterol. 1985;80:912-23. PMID: 2864852

Docusate Identification

Substance Name

Docusate

CAS Registry Number

10041-19-7

Drug Class

Administrative Information

LactMed Record Number

456

Information from the National Library of Medicine's LactMed Database.

Last Revision Date

2013-09-07

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