Dioctocal Side Effects
Generic Name: docusate
Note: This page contains information about the side effects of docusate. Some of the dosage forms included on this document may not apply to the brand name Dioctocal.
For the Consumer
Applies to docusate: capsules, tablets
Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur while taking docusate (the active ingredient contained in Dioctocal)
Bitter taste; bloating; cramping; diarrhea; gas; irritation around the rectum; throat irritation.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue) fainting; nausea; vomiting.
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to docusate: compounding powder, oral capsule, oral liquid, oral syrup, oral tablet, rectal enema
Gastrointestinal side effects have included gastrointestinal cramping. Reports of bitter taste and throat irritation have been reported with administration of primarily the syrup and liquid formulations.[Ref]
Dermatologic side effects have included rash.[Ref]
Metabolic side effects have included at least one case report of hypomagnesemia.[Ref]
Metabolic abnormalities reported include hypomagnesemia in one woman who took docusate chronically throughout her pregnancy. Magnesium levels returned to normal following discontinuation of docusate.[Ref]
1. "Product Information. Colace (docusate)." Roberts Pharmaceutical Corporation, Eatontown, NJ.
2. Schindler AM "Isolated neonatal hypomagnesaemia associated with maternal overuse of stool softener" Lancet 2 (1984): 822
Not all side effects for Dioctocal may be reported. You should always consult a doctor or healthcare professional for medical advice. Side effects can be reported to the FDA here.
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