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Docusate Sodium (International)

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



ATC (Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical Classification)


CAS registry number (Chemical Abstracts Service)


Chemical Formula


Molecular Weight


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. 9)
  • Docusate Sodium (PH: BP 2018, USP 41)
  • Docusate sodium (PH: Ph. Eur. 9)
  • Docusat-Natrium (PH: Ph. Eur. 9)
  • Natrii docusas (PH: Ph. Eur. 9)

Brand Names

  • Apo-Docusate Sodium
    Apotex, Canada
  • Audiwax
    ADP Pharma, Philippines
  • Cerumex
    Cassara, Argentina
  • Clyss-Go [+ Sorbitol]
    Ferrer Pharma, Paraguay; Prospa, Portugal
  • Co-Danthrusate [+ Dantron]
    Pinewood, United Kingdom
  • Colace
    Boyd Pharmaceuticals, Canada
  • Coloxyl
    Aspen, New Zealand; Fawns & McAllan, Australia
  • Dewax
    Amman Pharmaceutical, Oman; Ranbaxy, Thailand
  • Diocaps
    Senosiain, Mexico
  • Dioctyl
    Central Procurement & Supplies Unit, Malta; UCB Pharma, United Kingdom
  • Dioctyl Sodium Sulfosuccinate 5%
    Ceolia Pharma, Japan
  • Docusate Sodium
    Typharm, United Kingdom
  • Docusate Sodium 100mg Laboratoires Trianon
    Laboratoires Trianon, Canada
  • Docusate Sodium Apotex
    Apotex, Canada
  • Docusate Sodium Paediatric [pediatric]
    Typharm, United Kingdom
  • Docusate Sodium Pharmascience
    Pharmascience, Hong Kong
  • Docusate Sodium Pro Doc
    Pro Doc, Canada
  • Docusate Sodium Sanis Health
    Sanis Health, Canada
  • Docusate Sodium Teva
    Teva Canada, Canada
  • Docusate-Humanity
    XL, Georgia
  • Docusol [veterinary use]
    Kyron, South Africa
  • DulcoComfort
    Sanofi-Aventis, Canada
  • DulcoEase
    Boehringer Ingelheim, Malta; Sanofi, United Kingdom; Sanofi Malta, Malta
  • Egycusate
    Egpi, Egypt
  • Euro-Docusate
    Sandoz, Canada
  • Euro-Docusate C
    Sandoz, Canada
  • Forumen
    Sanbe, Indonesia
  • Glyoktyl [+Glycerol]
    Meda, Denmark
  • Hemagen [+ Ferrous Fumarate]
    Chen Ho, Taiwan
  • Honbitan [+ Dimeticone]
    Honten, Taiwan
  • Humectol-D [+ Bisacodyl]
    Cosmed, Brazil
  • Irwax
    Ashford, Philippines
  • Jamp Docusate Sodium
    Jamp Pharma, Canada
  • Jamylene
    Pharma Développement, France
  • Klyx
    Ferring, Norway
  • Klyx [+ Sorbitol]
    Farmagon, Norway; Ferring, Australia; Ferring, Denmark; Ferring, Finland; Ferring, Iceland; Ferring, Sweden; Nordic Group, Netherlands
  • Laxagel
    Pharmaghreb, Tunisia
  • Laxatif Biocanina [+ Sodium Laurilsulfate] [veterinary use]
    Auvex, France
  • Laxavit [+ Glycerol]
    Kela, Belgium
  • Laxen
    Bosnalijek, Bosnia & Herzegowina
  • Laxofast
    Actavis, New Zealand
  • Laxol
    Herbapol Wroclaw, Poland
  • Laxsol
    Aspen, New Zealand
  • Macrolax [+ Sorbitol]
    SIT, Italy
  • Manalax [+ Sodium Laurilsulfate] [veterinary use]
    Laboratoire TVM, France
  • Minalax [+ Bisacodyl]
    Amoun, Egypt
  • Molcer
    Wallace, Malta
  • Molcer 50mg/ml
    Wallace, Oman
  • Norgalax
    Essential Pharmaceuticals, Netherlands; Norgine, Belgium; Norgine, France; Norgine, Kuwait; Norgine, Tunisia
  • Norgalax [+ Glycerol]
    Norgine, Germany
  • Norgalax 120mg/10g
    Norgine, Luxembourg
  • Novo-Docusate Sodium
    Teva Canada, Canada
  • Orilyse
    Pharmaghreb, Tunisia
  • Otitex [+ Ethanol]
    Südmedica, Germany
  • Otoclear
    Ashford, Philippines
  • Otowax
    Sensomed, Philippines
  • Pedia-Lax [pediatric]
    C B Fleet, Hong Kong
  • PMS-Docusate Sodium
    Pharmascience, Canada
  • ratio-Docusate Sodium
    Teva Canada, Canada
  • Selax
    Odan Laboratories, Canada
  • Sobo Cusate
    Sobol el Dawa, Egypt
  • Soflax
    Pharmascience, Canada
  • Soluwax
    Arab Caps, Egypt; Hoe, Malaysia; Hoe Pharma, Singapore
  • Sorbiclis [+ Sorbitol]
    SIT, Italy
  • Sorbiclis BB [+ Sorbitol] [pediatric]
    SIT, Italy
  • Sorbilax [+ Sorbitol] [veterinary use]
    Vetoquinol, France
  • Stool Softener Perrigo
    Perrigo International, Canada
  • Stool Softener Pharmascience
    Pharmascience, Canada
  • Stool Softener Vita Health
    Vita Health Products, Canada
  • Surfactol [veterinary use]
    Bayer AH, South Africa
  • Taro-Docusate
    Taro Pharmaceutical Industries, Canada
  • Teva-Docusate Sodium
    Teva Canada, Canada
  • Ulgix
    Hasco-Lek, Poland
  • Vemas [+ Casanthranol]
    Nippon Zoki Seiykau, Japan
  • Vencoll [+ Casanthranol]
    Nichi-Iko Pharmaceutical, Japan
  • Wax-Eze
    Innova Health, Hong Kong
  • Waxsol
    Meda, Ireland; Meda Pharmaceuticals, Australia; Norgine, Kuwait; Norgine, Lebanon; Norgine, New Zealand
  • Waxsol 0.5%
    Meda Pharmaceuticals, United Kingdom; Riyadh Pharma, Oman
  • Yal [+ Sorbitol]
    Jacoby GM Pharma, Austria
  • 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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