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Docusate Sodium

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

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CAS registry number (Chemical Abstracts Service)


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Therapeutic Categories

Ear-wax softening agent

Laxative: Emollient

Pharmaceutic aid: Surfactant

Laxative: Enema

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 2016, USP 38)
  • Docusate sodium (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Docusat-Natrium (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Natrii docusas (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)

Brand Names

  • Apo-Docusate Sodium
    Apotex, Canada
  • Cerumex
    Cassara, Argentina
  • Clyss-Go (Docusate Sodium and Sorbitol)
    Prospa, Portugal
  • Colace
    Purdue, United States
  • Coloxyl
    Sigma, New Zealand
  • D.O.S.
    Goldline, United States
  • Dewax
    Amman Pharmaceutical, Oman; Daiichi, Thailand
  • Dioctyl
    UCB Pharma, United Kingdom
  • Dioctyn
    Dixon-Shane, United States
  • DocQLace
    Qualitest, United States
  • DOCU
    Hi-Tech, United States
  • Docusate Sodium Mylan
    Mylan, United States
  • Docusate Sodium Pharmascience
    Pharmascience, Hong Kong
  • Docusate Sodium Rougier
    Rougier, Canada
  • Docusate Sodium Roxane
    Roxane, United States
  • Docusate Sodium Teva
    Teva Canada, Canada
  • Docusoft-S
    G & W, United States
  • Docusol
    Alliance, United States
  • Docusol (Docusate Sodium and Macrogol, + Glycerol)
    Alliance, United States
  • Docusol (veterinary use)
    Kyron, South Africa
  • D-S-S
    Magno-Humphries, United States
  • DulcoComfort
    Boehringer Ingelheim, Canada
  • DulcoEase
    Boehringer Ingelheim, United Kingdom
  • Dulcolax
    Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, United States
  • Egycusate
    Egpi, Egypt
  • Enemeez
    Alliance, United States
  • Enemeez Plus (Docusate Sodium and Benzocaine, + Gycerol)
    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, Finland; Ferring, Iceland; Ferring, Sweden; Ferring Pharmaceuticals, Denmark; Nordic Group, Netherlands; Pharmachemie, Netherlands
  • Klyx (veterinary use)
    Ferring Legemidler, 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
  • Minalax (Docusate Sodium and Bisacodyl)
    Amoun, Egypt
  • Mini Klyx
    Ferring, Czech Republic
  • Molcer
    Wallace, Malta; Wallace, Oman
  • Non-Habit Forming Stool Softener
    Rugby, United States
  • 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
  • Phillips'
    Bayer Consumer Care, United States
  • PMS-Docusate Sodium
    Pharmascience, Canada
  • Rugby Stool Softener
    Rugby, United States
  • Selax
    Odan, Canada
  • Silace
    Silarx, United States
  • Sobo Cusate
    Sobol el Dawa, Egypt
  • Soflax
    Pharmascience, Canada
  • Soluwax
    Arab Caps, Egypt; Hoe, Malaysia; Hoe Pharma, Singapore
  • Sorbiclis (Docusate Sodium and Sorbitol)
    SIT, Italy
  • Sorbilax (Docusate Sodium and Sorbitol (veterinary use))
    Vetoquinol, France
  • Surfactol (veterinary use)
    Bayer AH, South Africa
  • Taro-Docusate
    Taro, Canada
  • Therevac-Plus (Docusate Sodium and Glycerol, + Benzocaine)
    Jones Medical, United States
  • Therevac-SB (Docusate Sodium and Glycerol)
    Jones Medical, United States
  • Ulgix
    Hasco-Lek, Poland
  • Vemas (Docusate Sodium and Casanthranol)
    Nippon Zoki Seiykau, Japan
  • Vencoll (Docusate Sodium and Casanthranol)
    Nichi-Iko Pharmaceutical, Japan
  • Wax-Eze
    Innova Health, Hong Kong
  • Waxol
    Meda, Ireland; Riyadh Pharma, Oman
  • Waxsol
    Norgine, Lebanon; Norgine, New Zealand
  • Waxsol 0.5%
    Meda Pharmaceuticals, United Kingdom
  • Yal (Docusate Sodium and Sorbitol)
    Gebro, Switzerland; Jacoby GM Pharma, Austria; Trommsdorff, Czech Republic
  • Yi Ke Long
    Huanan Pharma, China


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

Further information on drug naming conventions: International Nonproprietary Names.

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