Benefit Overcoming constipation or constipation
Consumed by Adults and children
Docusate for pregnant and lactating women Category C: Animal studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus, but there have been no controlled studies in pregnant women.
Drugs should only be used if the expected benefit outweighs the risk to the fetus.
It is not known whether Docusate is absorbed into breast milk or not. If you are breastfeeding, do not use this medicine without consulting your doctor first.
Drug form Tablets, capsules
Precautions Before Taking Docusate
Even though it is included in the category of over-the-counter drugs, there are a number of things that you should pay attention to before taking docusate, namely:
Do not take docusate if you are allergic to this drug. Tell your doctor about any history of allergies you have.
Tell your doctor if you have or have recently had intestinal obstruction, colitis , or sudden stomach pain. Docusate should not be given to patients with these conditions.
Consult your doctor about using docusate if you are pregnant, nursing, or planning a pregnancy.
Consult your doctor about using docusate if you are currently using certain drugs, supplements or herbal products,
Immediately see a doctor if you experience a drug allergic reaction, overdose, or serious side effects after taking docusate.
Dosage and Rules for Use Docusate
The docusate dose will be given by the doctor according to the patient's condition. In general, the dose of docusate to treat constipation in adults is 50–300 mg per day, divided into several consumption schedules. If needed, the dose may be increased to 500 mg per day.
How to Use Docusate Properly
Always follow the doctor 's advice and read the instructions on the drug packaging before using docusate.
Docusate tablets should be consumed before going to bed with the help of a full glass of water. Reduce the dose or stop using the drug if you experience diarrhea after taking this drug.
Docusate is for short-term consumption only. Long-term use of docusate can inhibit the work of the intestines in stimulating feces elimination. Immediately see a doctor if you still experience constipation 5 days after taking docusate.
To prevent constipation, you can eat foods high in fiber, such as green vegetables or fruits. You also need to drink about 6–8 glasses of water a day. In addition, exercising regularly can also prevent constipation.
Store docusate at room temperature, in a dry place, and avoid exposure to direct sunlight. Keep docusate out of reach of children.
Docusate Interactions with Other Drugs
The following are interaction effects that can occur if docusate is used with certain drugs:
Increased absorption of mineral oil
Increased effectiveness of phenolpthalein drugs
Increased risk of side effects on the digestive tract when used with aspirin
Docusate Side Effects and Dangers
Side effects that can occur after consuming docusate are stomach cramps, stomach pain , or diarrhea. Check with your doctor if these side effects don't go away or get worse. See your doctor right away if you have an allergic drug reaction or serious side effects, such as bleeding in the rectum.