Docusate oral solution or syrup

What are docusate oral solution or syrup?
DOCUSATE (Colace®, Surfak®) is an emollient laxative or stool softener that helps prevent constipation and straining or discomfort associated with hard or dry stools. Generic docusate oral solution or syrup are available.

What should my health care professional know before I take docusate?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • severe constipation
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to docusate, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

How should I take this medicine?
Take docusate oral solution or syrup by mouth. Follow the directions on the label. Shake well before using. Use a specially marked spoon or container to measure your medicine. Ask your pharmacist if you do not have one; household spoons are not always accurate. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.

Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses. Do not take regularly for more than one week.

What drug(s) may interact with docusate?

  • mineral oil

Do not take docusate without your prescriber’s advice if you are taking prescription medicines.

What side effects may I notice from taking docusate?
Serious reactions to docusate are unlikely. Call your prescriber or health care professional if you have any unexplained effects.

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • diarrhea
  • skin rash
  • stomach cramps
  • throat irritation

What should I watch for while taking docusate?
Do not use for more than one week without advice from your prescriber or health care professional. Long-term use can make your body depend on the laxative for regular bowel movements. If your constipation keeps returning, check with your prescriber or health care professional.

Always drink plenty of water while taking docusate, to help fight constipation.

Where can I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children in a container that small children cannot open.

Store at room temperature, approximately 25 degrees C (77 degrees F); do not freeze. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

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Revision date: June 22, 2011
Last revised: by Jorge P. Ribeiro, MD

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