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Benzocaine and Docusate

Generic Name: Benzocaine and Docusate (BEN zoe kane & DOK ue sate)
Brand Name: DocuSol Plus Mini-Enema

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Jun 9, 2019.

Uses of Benzocaine and Docusate:

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Benzocaine and Docusate?

  • If you have an allergy to benzocaine and docusate or any part of benzocaine and docusate.
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • If you have any of these health problems: Bowel block, belly pain, upset stomach, rectal bleeding, throwing up, or change in bowel habits lasting longer than 2 weeks.
  • If you are taking mineral oil.

This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with benzocaine and docusate.

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take benzocaine and docusate with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Benzocaine and Docusate?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take benzocaine and docusate. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • Do not use benzocaine and docusate for more than 1 week unless told to do so by your doctor.
  • Do not use other laxatives or stool softeners unless told to do so by the doctor.
  • If you have rectal bleeding or you do not have a bowel movement after using benzocaine and docusate, talk with your doctor.
  • If the tip of the tube or benzocaine and docusate will not go into the rectum, do not force it. Call the doctor.
  • If benzocaine and docusate is taken by mouth, get medical help or call a poison control center right away.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan on getting pregnant, or are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks to you and the baby.

How is this medicine (Benzocaine and Docusate) best taken?

Use benzocaine and docusate as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • This medicine is for rectal use only. Do not take benzocaine and docusate by mouth.
  • Take off cap.
  • Put a lubricant on the enema tip and on the anus before using benzocaine and docusate.
  • Put enema tip into the rectum with gentle pressure. Do not force.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • This medicine is used on an as needed basis. Do not use more often than told by the doctor.

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Rectal irritation.

What are some other side effects of Benzocaine and Docusate?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if you have any side effects that bother you or do not go away.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

How do I store and/or throw out Benzocaine and Docusate?

  • Store at room temperature.
  • Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.

Consumer information use

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about benzocaine and docusate, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

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Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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