Docusate Sodium is a stool softener and stimulant laxative used for the treatment of occasional constipation. Docusate Sodium increases the amount of water absorbed my stool in the gut, softening it and making bowl movements easier. It is often prescribed in instances where straining to have bowel movements should be avoided, (such as after surgery or a heart attack) or to clear the bowels of stool for a medical exam or procedure.
Docusate sodium is available in capsule and liquid forms. Capsules are gelatin and contain docusate sodium USP 100 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients ingredients include ethyl vanillin, FD&C Red No. 40, FD&C Yellow No. 6, gelatin, glycerin, methylparaben, polyethylene glycol (PEG 400), propylparaben, propylene glycol, and purified water.
- Adults and children older than 12 years, – 100 mg to 200 mg daily.
- Children 6 to 12 years old – 40 mg to 120 mg daily
- Children three to six years old – 20 mg to 60 mg daily
- Children under three years of age – 10 mg to 40 mg daily.
- Children under six years of age should not be given Docusate Sodium unless it is recommended by a doctor.
Your physician my recommend a dosage that is different from the ones listed above. You should not change this dosage without consulting your doctor. If a dose is missed, it should be taken as soon as possible.
The oral form of Docusate Sodium should be taken just before bed with an 8 ounce glass of juice or water. If a dose is missed, it should be taken as soon as you remember. If it is close to the time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume taking the medication as initially directed. Do not take double the dose.
Docusate Sodium should be stored at room temperature (59-86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C)) away from light and moisture and should not be stored in the bathroom.