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Generic name: docusate sodiumDOK-ue-sate-SOE-dee-um ]
Drug class: Laxatives

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 18, 2023.

What is Doc-Q-Lace?

Doc-Q-Lace is a stool softener. It makes bowel movements softer and easier to pass.

Doc-Q-Lace is used to treat or prevent occasional constipation.

Doc-Q-Lace is also used to reduce pain or rectal damage caused by hard stools or by straining during bowel movements.


You should not use Doc-Q-Lace if you have a blockage in your intestines. Do not use Doc-Q-Lace while you are sick with nausea, vomiting, or severe stomach pain.

You should not take mineral oil while using Doc-Q-Lace.

Before taking this medicine

You should not use Doc-Q-Lace if you are allergic to docusate sodium, or if you have:

  • nausea, vomiting, or severe stomach pain;

  • a blockage in your intestines; or

  • chronic stomach pain that has not been checked by a doctor.

You should not take mineral oil while using Doc-Q-Lace.

Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to take docusate sodium:

  • if you are on a low-salt diet; or

  • if you have recently had a sudden change in your bowel habits lasting for longer than 2 weeks.

It is not known whether docusate sodium will harm an unborn baby. Do not use Doc-Q-Lace without a doctor's advice if you are pregnant.

It is not known whether docusate sodium passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medicine without a doctor's advice if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Do not give this medicine to a child younger than 6 years old without the advice of a doctor.

How should I use Doc-Q-Lace?

Use Doc-Q-Lace exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Take this medicine with a full glass of water. Drink plenty of liquids while you are taking Doc-Q-Lace.

Do not chew, break, or open a Doc-Q-Lace softgel capsule. Swallow the capsule whole.

After taking this medicine you should have a bowel movement within 12 to 72 hours.

Do not use Doc-Q-Lace for longer than 7 days unless your doctor has told you to. Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve, or if you have not had a bowel movement within 1 to 3 days. Overuse of a stool softener can lead to serious medical problems.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

Dosing information

Usual Adult Dose for Constipation:

Oral: 50 to 400 mg orally administered in 1 to 4 equally divided doses each day.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Constipation:

less than 3 years: 10 to 40 mg orally divided in 1 to 4 doses.

3 to 6 years: 20 to 60 mg orally divided in 1 to 4 doses.

6 to 12 years: 40 to 150 mg orally divided in 1 to 4 doses.

greater than 12 years: 50 to 400 mg (using any of the salt forms) orally administered in 1 to 4 equally divided doses each day.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Since Doc-Q-Lace is used when needed, you may not be on a dosing schedule. If you are on a schedule, use the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

Overdose symptoms may include nausea, vomiting or stomach pain.

What should I avoid while using Doc-Q-Lace?

Avoid using laxatives or other stool softeners unless your doctor has told you to.

Doc-Q-Lace side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using Doc-Q-Lace and call your doctor at once if you have:

  • pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest;

  • a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out;

  • rectal bleeding or irritation;

  • numbness or a rash around your rectum;

  • vomiting, severe diarrhea or stomach cramps; or

  • continued constipation, or no bowel movement.

Common Doc-Q-Lace side effects may include:

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect Doc-Q-Lace?

Other drugs may interact with docusate sodium, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use now and any medicine you start or stop using.

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Further information

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use Doc-Q-Lace only for the indication prescribed.

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