Docusate Sodium

In some countries, this medicine may only be approved for veterinary use.



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Therapeutic Categories

Ear-wax softening agent

Laxative, Enema

Laxative, softener

Pharmaceutic aid: Surfactant

Chemical Names

1,4-Bis(2-ethylhexyl) sodium sulfosuccinate

1,4-Bis(2-ethylhexyl)sulfobutanedioate, sodium salt

2-Ethylhexyl sulfosuccinate sodium

Bis(2-ethylhexyl)sodium sulfosuccinate

Butanedioic acid, sulfo-, 1,4-bis(2-ethylhexyl)ester, sodium salt (USAN)

Di-(2-ethylhexyl) sodium sulfosuccinate

Di-beta-ethylhexyl natrium sulfosuccinat (WHO)

Diethylhexyl sodium sulfosuccinate (INCI)

Sodium 1,4-bis(2-ethylhexyl)sulfosuccinate (BAN)

Sodium di-(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate

Succinic acid, sulf-, 1,4-bis(2-ethylhexyl)ester, sodium salt

Sulfobutanedioic acid 1,4-bis(2-ethylhexyl)ester sodium salt

Sulfosuccinic acid 1,4-bis(2-ethylhexyl) ester S-sodium salt

Sulfosuccinic acid, di-(2-ethylhexyl) ester, sodium salt

Foreign Names

  • Natrii docusas (Latin)
  • Docusat natrium (German)
  • Docusate sodique (French)
  • Docusato de sodio (Spanish)

Generic Names

  • Dioctyl Sodium Sulfosuccinate (OS: JAN)
  • Docusate de sodium (OS: DCF)
  • Docusate Sodium (OS: USAN, BAN)
  • Berol 478 (IS)
  • Celanol DOS (IS)
  • DESS (IS)
  • Dialose (IS)
  • Dioctyl sulfosuccinic acid, sodium salt (IS)
  • Dioctylnatriumsulfosuccinat (IS)
  • Dioctylsuccinatsulfonsäure, Natriumsalz (IS)
  • Docusatum natricum (IS)
  • DSS (IS)
  • HSDB 3065 (IS)
  • Natrii dioctylsulfosuccinas (IS)
  • Natriumdioctylsulfosuccinat (IS)
  • SBO (IS)
  • Sodium Dioctyl Sulfosuccinate (IS)
  • Docusate sodique (PH: Ph. Eur. 7)
  • Docusate Sodium (PH: BP 2011, USP 34)
  • Docusate sodium (PH: Ph. Eur. 7)
  • Docusat-Natrium (PH: Ph. Eur. 7)
  • Natrii docusas (PH: Ph. Eur. 7)

Brand Names

  • APC-Docusate Sodium
    Apotex, Canada
  • Apo-Docusate
    Apotex, Canada
  • Cerumex
    Pablo Cassara, Argentina
  • Clyss-Go
    Ferrer, Honduras; Prospa, Portugal
  • Colace
    Purdue, United States; Wellspring, Canada
  • Coloxyl
    Fawns & McAllan, Australia; Sigma, New Zealand
  • Correctol
    Schering-Plough, United States
  • Cusate
    Pharmasant, Thailand
  • DermaPet (Docusate Sodium and Urea (veterinary use))
    Ceva Delvet, Australia
  • Dewax
    Amman, Bahrain; Amman Pharmaceutical, Oman; Ranbaxy, Thailand
  • Diocto
    Actavis, United States; Major, United States; Rugby, United States; Teva, United States
  • Dioctyl
    UCB Pharma, United Kingdom
  • Docusate Sodium Pharmascience
    Pharmascience, Hong Kong
  • Docusate Sodium Taro
    Taro, Canada
  • Docusate Sodium
    Pharmaceutical Associates, United States; Roxane, United States; Wockhardt, United States
  • Docusoft
    G & W, United States
  • Docusol
    Typharm, United Kingdom
  • DOK
    Major, United States
  • DulcoEase
    Boehringer Ingelheim, United Kingdom
  • Ex-Lax
    Novartis, United States
  • Fleet Sof-Lax
    Fleet, United States
  • Florisan (Docusate Sodium and Bisacodyl)
    Boehringer Ingelheim, Greece
  • Forumen
    Sanbe, Indonesia
  • Glyoktyl (Docusate Sodium andGlycerol)
    Medic, Denmark
  • Hemagen (Docusate Sodium and Ferrous Fumarate)
    Chen Ho, Taiwan
  • Honbitan (Docusate Sodium and Dimeticone)
    Honten, Taiwan
  • Irwax
    Ashford, Philippines
  • Jamylène
    Expanpharm, Georgia; Pharma Développement, France
  • Klyx
    Ferring, Norway
  • Klyx (Docusate Sodium and Sorbitol)
    Ferring, Denmark; Ferring, Finland; Ferring, Iceland; Ferring, Sweden
  • Klyx (veterinary use)
    Ferring Vet, Norway
  • Laxagel
    Pharmaghreb, Tunisia
  • Laxatif (Docusate Sodium and Sodium Laurilsulfate (veterinary use))
    Véto-Centre, France
  • Laxavit (Docusate Sodium and Glycerol)
    Kela, Belgium
  • Laxofast
    Arrow, New Zealand
  • Laxol
    Herbapol-Wroclaw, Poland
  • Macrolax (Docusate Sodium and Sorbitol)
    SIT, Italy
  • Manalax (Docusate Sodium and Sodium Laurilsulfate (veterinary use))
    Laboratoire TVM, France
  • Molcer
    Wallace, Malta; Wallace, Oman
  • Norgalax
    Norgine, Belgium; Norgine, Switzerland; Norgine, France; Norgine, United Kingdom; Norgine, Tunisia
  • Norgalax (Docusate Sodium and Glycerol)
    Norgine, Germany; Norgine, Netherlands
  • Normax (Docusate Sodium and Dantron)
    Focus, United Kingdom
  • Orilyse
    Pharmaghreb, Tunisia
  • Otitex (Docusate Sodium and Ethanol)
    Südmedica, Germany
  • Otosol
    Norgine, Philippines
  • Otowax
    Sensomed, Philippines
  • Phillips`Liqui-Gels
    Novartis, United States
  • Phillips
    GlaxoSmithKline, Argentina
  • ratio-Docusate Sodium
    ratiopharm, Canada
  • Selax
    Odan, Canada
  • Soflax
    PendoPharm, Canada; Pharmascience, Canada
  • Softene (Docusate Sodium and Bisacodyl)
    Melisana, Belgium; Melisana, Luxembourg
  • Soluwax
    Hoe, Malaysia; Hoe, Singapore
  • Sorbiclis (Docusate Sodium and Sorbitol)
    SIT, Italy
  • Sorbilax (Docusate Sodium and Sorbitol (veterinary use))
    Vetoquinol, France
  • Surfactol (veterinary use)
    Bayer Animal Health, South Africa
  • Therevac S.B.
    Jones, United States
  • Vemas S (Docusate Sodium and Casanthranol)
    Nippon Zoki Seiykau, Japan
  • Vencoll (Docusate Sodium and Casanthranol)
    Nichi-Iko Pharmaceutical JMA, Japan
  • Waxol
    Riyadh Pharma, Oman
  • Waxsol
    Norgine, Australia; Norgine, United Kingdom; Norgine, Ireland; Norgine, New Zealand; Norgine, South Africa
  • Yal (Docusate Sodium and Sorbitol)
    Adeka, Turkey; Gebro, Switzerland; Jacoby, Austria; Trommsdorff, Czech Republic
  • Yi Ke Long
    Huanan Pharma, China

International Drug Name Search


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DCFDénomination Commune Française
ISInofficial Synonym
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USANUnited States Adopted Name
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