Generic name: Docusate and Senna [ DOK-yoo-sate-& SEN-na ]
Brand names: Doc-Q-Lax, Docuzen, DOK Plus, GoodSense Stimulant Laxative, Laxacin, ... show all 17 brands Medi-Laxx, Peri-Colace, Senexon-S, Senna Plus, Senna S, Senna-Plus, Senna-S, Senna-Time S, Sennalax-S, Senokot S, Stimulant Laxative, Stool Softener/
Drug class: Laxatives
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on May 8, 2022.
Uses of Stool Softener/
- It is used to treat constipation.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Stool Softener/
- If you are allergic to Stool Softener/
Laxative (docusate and senna); any part of Stool Softener/ Laxative (docusate and senna); or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.
- 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 Stool Softener/
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 Stool Softener/
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Stool Softener/
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take Stool Softener/
Laxative (docusate and senna). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Do not use Stool Softener/
Laxative (docusate and senna) 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 Stool Softener/
Laxative (docusate and senna), talk with your doctor.
- 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 (Stool Softener/
Laxative) best taken?
Use Stool Softener/
- Take at bedtime if taking once a day.
- Take with a full glass of water.
- Do not take other drugs within 2 hours of Stool Softener/
Laxative (docusate and senna).
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- If you take Stool Softener/
Laxative (docusate and senna) on a regular basis, take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
- If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
- Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
- Many times Stool Softener/
Laxative (docusate and senna) is taken on an as needed basis. Do not take 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.
What are some other side effects of Stool Softener/
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 1-800-332-1088. You may also report side effects at https://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 Stool Softener/
- Store at room temperature in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- Protect from heat.
- 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.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about Stool Softener/
Laxative (docusate and senna), 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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