Docusate sodium is a laxative prescribed for patients suffering from constipation due to various conditions. Docusate sodium activates stool softening by allowing fat and water to infuse with the stool. In addition to constipation relief, docusate sodium is given as a medication for treatment of irritable bowel syndrome. Occasionally it is used in the treatment of multiple sclerosis, though its primary use is for minimizing or eliminating constipation.
Docusate sodium is often given in a liquid filled capsule form, once or twice a day, for two to three days as directed by your physician, and till bowel movements return to a more normal state. It can be administered via a syrup, liquid, powder, tablet, or enema as well; ask your physician about your options. Capsules contain several milligrams of sodium so alert your doctor if you have any adverse reaction history to sodium. This drug should not be given to children under the age of 6 years unless specifically necessary as ordered by the child‘s primary care pediatrician. Patients taking docusate sodium should drink additional fluids while using the drug to enable its process. Capsules should be taken with a full glass of water.
Side effects may occur, though many patients have few issues with side effects. Nonetheless, you should be aware of any side effects that may occur and contact your doctor right away if they worsen or persist. For your convenience, a partial list of some known side effects seen in patients taking docusate sodium is provided below:
Certainly other side effects are possible as each patient has a distinctly original body chemistry, essentially no two people are the same, so if any of the above or any other side effects are encountered while taking this drug, observe them closely and seek medical assistance if you feel it is needed or if the side effects seem abnormal to you, are lingering, or perhaps getting worse.
Patients considering the use of this drug should consult with their physician and have a full medical review before beginning use. Docusate sodium may be contraindicated for certain conditions or diseases and for people currently taking other types of medications. It is important for you to disclose all medications and conditions to your physician during your initial consultation. A partial list of some of the conditions for which docusate sodium may be contraindicated is provide below, but note this is a partial list only; consult with your physician for a full and comprehensive list.
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