Generic Name: docusate (DOK-yoo-sate)
Brand Name: Examples include Colace and Diocto
Docusate syrup is used for:
Relieving occasional constipation.
Docusate syrup is a stool softener. It works by helping fat and water into the stool mass to soften the stool.
Do NOT use docusate syrup if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in docusate syrup
- you have stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, or appendicitis
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using docusate syrup:
Some medical conditions may interact with docusate syrup. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you have a history of bowel obstruction or are on a sodium-restricted diet
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with docusate syrup. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Mineral oil because its absorption may be increased
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if docusate syrup may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use docusate syrup:
Use docusate syrup as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Take docusate syrup by mouth with or without food.
- Take docusate syrup with a full glass of water or other liquid (8 oz/240 mL).
- Docusate syrup may be mixed in a half glass of milk, fruit juice, or infant formula before taking it.
- Use a measuring device marked for medicine dosing. Ask your pharmacist for help if you are unsure of how to measure your dose.
- Drinking extra fluids while you are taking docusate syrup is recommended. Check with your doctor for instructions.
- A bowel movement usually occurs 1 to 3 days after the first dose.
- If you miss a dose of docusate syrup and are taking it regularly, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use docusate syrup.
Important safety information:
- The risk of loss of normal bowel function may be greater if you take docusate syrup in high doses or for a long time. Do NOT take more than the recommended dose or use for longer than 1 week without checking with your doctor.
- Do not take docusate syrup with other laxatives or stool softeners, unless directed by your doctor.
- Contact your doctor immediately if you develop rectal bleeding or fail to have a bowel movement after using docusate syrup. These may be signs of a serious condition.
- Do not use docusate syrup if you experience stomach pain, nausea, or vomiting, except under the direction of your doctor.
- If you notice a sudden change in bowel movements that lasts for 2 weeks or more, check with your doctor.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using docusate syrup while you are pregnant. It is not known if this medicine is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use docusate syrup, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of docusate syrup:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Bitter taste; cramping; diarrhea; nausea; throat irritation.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); bloody stools.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include diarrhea; stomach cramps.Proper storage of docusate syrup:
Store docusate syrup at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep in a tight, light-resistant container. Keep docusate syrup out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about docusate syrup, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Docusate syrup is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.
This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take docusate syrup or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about docusate syrup. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to docusate syrup. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using docusate syrup.
Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.
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