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Docusate Sodium

In some countries, this medicine may only be approved for veterinary use.

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Therapeutic Categories

Pharmaceutic aid: Surfactant

Laxative: Enema

Ear-wax softening agent

Laxative: Emollient

Chemical Names

1,4-Bis(2-etylhexyl) sodium sulfosuccinate

1,4-Bis(2-etylhexyl)sulfobutanedioate, sodium salt

2-Etylhexyl sulfosuccinate sodium

Bis(2-etylhexyl)sodium sulfosuccinate

Butanedioic acid, sulfo-, 1,4-bis(2-etylhexyl)ester, sodium salt (USAN)

Di-(2-etylhexyl) sodium sulfosuccinate

Di-beta-etylhexyl natrium sulfosuccinat (WHO)

Dietylhexyl sodium sulfosuccinate (INCI)

Sodium 1,4-bis(2-etylhexyl)sulfosuccinate (BAN)

Sodium di-(2-etylhexyl) sulfosuccinate

Succinic acid, sulf-, 1,4-bis(2-etylhexyl)ester, sodium salt

Sulfobutanedioic acid 1,4-bis(2-etylhexyl)ester sodium salt

Sulfosuccinic acid 1,4-bis(2-etylhexyl) ester S-sodium salt

Sulfosuccinic acid, di-(2-etylhexyl) ester, sodium salt

Foreign Names

  • Natrii docusas (Latin)
  • Docusat natrium (German)
  • Docusate sodique (French)
  • Docusato de sodio (Spanish)

Generic Names

  • Dioctyl Sodium Sulfosuccinate (OS: JAN)
  • Docusate de sodium (OS: DCF)
  • Docusate Sodium (OS: USAN, BAN)
  • Berol 478 (IS)
  • Celanol DOS (IS)
  • DESS (IS)
  • Dialose (IS)
  • Dioctyl sulfosuccinic acid, sodium salt (IS)
  • Dioctylnatriumsulfosuccinat (IS)
  • Dioctylsuccinatsulfonsäure, Natriumsalz (IS)
  • Docusatum natricum (IS)
  • DSS (IS)
  • HSDB 3065 (IS)
  • Natrii dioctylsulfosuccinas (IS)
  • Natriumdioctylsulfosuccinat (IS)
  • SBO (IS)
  • Sodium Dioctyl Sulfosuccinate (IS)
  • Docusate sodique (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Docusate Sodium (PH: BP 2015, USP 37)
  • Docusate sodium (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Docusat-Natrium (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Natrii docusas (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)

Brand Names

  • Cerumex
    Cassara, Argentina
  • Chinta-lax (Docusate Sodium and Bisacodyl)
    Chinta, Thailand
  • Clyss-Go (Docusate Sodium and Sorbitol)
    Prospa, Portugal
  • Colace
    Purdue, United States; WellSpring, Canada
  • Coloxyl
    Sigma, New Zealand
  • Cusate
    Pharmasant Lab, Thailand
  • D.O.S.
    Goldline, United States
  • Dewax
    Amman Pharmaceutical, Oman; Ranbaxy, Thailand
  • Diocaps
    Senosiain, Mexico
  • Dioctyl
    UCB Pharma, United Kingdom
  • Dioctyn
    Dixon-Shane, United States
  • DocQLace
    Qualitest, United States
  • DOCU
    Hi-Tech, United States
  • Doculax
    Hasco-Lek, Poland
  • Docusate Sodium Pharmascience
    Pharmascience, Hong Kong
  • Docusoft-S
    G & W, United States
  • Docusol
    Alliance, United States
  • D-S-S
    Magno-Humphries, United States
  • DulcoEase
    Boehringer Ingelheim, United Kingdom
  • Dulcolax
    Boehringer Ingelheim, United States
  • Enemeez
    Alliance, United States
  • Ex-Lax Stool Softener
    Novartis Consumer Health, United States
  • Fleet Sof-Lax
    Fleet, United States
  • Florisan (Docusate Sodium and Bisacodyl)
    Boehringer Ingelheim, Greece
  • Forumen
    Sanbe, Indonesia
  • Glyoktyl (Docusate Sodium andGlycerol)
    Medic, Denmark
  • Hemagen (Docusate Sodium and Ferrous Fumarate)
    Chen Ho, Taiwan
  • Honbitan (Docusate Sodium and Dimeticone)
    Honten, Taiwan
  • Irwax
    Ashford, Philippines
  • Jamylène
    Expanpharm, Georgia; Pharma Développement, France
  • Klyx
    Ferring Legemidler AS, Norway
  • Klyx (Docusate Sodium and Sorbitol)
    Ferring, Denmark; Ferring, Iceland; Ferring, Sweden; Pharmachemie, Netherlands
  • Klyx (veterinary use)
    Ferring Vet, Norway
  • Laxagel
    Pharmaghreb, Tunisia
  • Laxatif Biocanina (Docusate Sodium and Sodium Laurilsulfate (veterinary use))
    Véto-Centre, France
  • Laxavit (Docusate Sodium and Glycerol)
    Kela, Belgium
  • Laxen
    Bosnalijek, Bosnia & Herzegowina
  • Laxofast
    Actavis, New Zealand
  • Laxol
    Herbapol Wroclaw, Poland
  • Macrolax (Docusate Sodium and Sorbitol)
    SIT, Italy
  • Manalax (Docusate Sodium and Sodium Laurilsulfate (veterinary use))
    Laboratoire TVM, France
  • Mini Klyx
    Ferring, Czech Republic
  • M-KLYX
    Ferring, Poland
  • Molcer
    Wallace, Malta; Wallace, Oman
  • Norgalax
    Norgine, Belgium; Norgine, Switzerland; Norgine, France; Norgine, United Kingdom; Norgine, Tunisia
  • Norgalax (Docusate Sodium and Glycerol)
    Norgine, Germany; Norgine, Netherlands
  • Orilyse
    Pharmaghreb, Tunisia
  • Otitex (Docusate Sodium and Ethanol)
    Südmedica, Germany
  • Otoclear
    Ashford, Philippines
  • Otowax
    Sensomed, Philippines
  • Pedia-Lax (pediatric)
    C B Fleet, Hong Kong
  • Rugby Stool Softener
    Rugby, United States
  • Selax
    Odan, Canada
  • Silace
    Silarx, United States
  • Soflax
    Pharmascience, Canada
  • Softene (Docusate Sodium and Bisacodyl)
    Melisana, Belgium
  • Soluwax
    Arab Caps, Egypt; Hoe, Malaysia; Hoe, Singapore
  • Sorbiclis (Docusate Sodium and Sorbitol)
    SIT, Italy
  • Sorbilax (Docusate Sodium and Sorbitol (veterinary use))
    Vetoquinol, France
  • Surfactol (veterinary use)
    Bayer Animal Health, South Africa
  • T.Man Lax (Docusate Sodium and Bisacodyl)
    T Man, Thailand
  • Taro-Docusate
    Taro, Canada
  • Waxol
    Meda, Ireland; Riyadh Pharma, Oman
  • Waxsol
    Meda, United Kingdom; Norgine, New Zealand; Norgine, Thailand; Norgine, South Africa
  • Yal (Docusate Sodium and Sorbitol)
    Gebro, Switzerland; Jacoby, Austria; Trommsdorff, Czech Republic
  • Yi Ke Long
    Huanan Pharma, China

International Drug Name Search


BANBritish Approved Name
DCFDénomination Commune Française
ISInofficial Synonym
JANJapanese Accepted Name
OSOfficial Synonym
PHPharmacopoeia Name
Rec.INNRecommended International Nonproprietary Name (World Health Organization)
USANUnited States Adopted Name
WHOWorld Health Organization

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