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DOK

Generic Name: docusate (DOK ue sate)
Brand Names: DOK

Medically reviewed on Sep 17, 2018

What is DOK?

See also: Amitiza

DOK (docusate) is a stool softener. It makes bowel movements softer and easier to pass.

DOK is used to treat or prevent occasional constipation.

DOK is also used to reduce pain or rectal damage caused by hard stools or by straining during bowel movements.

Important Information

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

You should not take mineral oil while using DOK.

Before taking this medicine

You should not use DOK if you are allergic to docusate, 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 DOK.

Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to take this medicine:

  • 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 will harm an unborn baby. Do not use this medicine without a doctor's advice if you are pregnant.

It is not known whether docusate 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 DOK to a child younger than 6 years old without the advice of a doctor.

How should I use DOK?

Use DOK 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 DOK.

Do not crush, chew, break, or open a DOK capsule or tablet. Swallow it whole.

After taking DOK capsules or tablets, you should have a bowel movement within 12 to 72 hours.

Do not use docusate 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.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Since DOK 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 DOK?

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

DOK side effects

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

Stop using this medicine 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 DOK 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 DOK?

Other drugs may interact with docusate, 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.

Further information

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

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

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