Docusate sodium belongs to the family of medications known as stool softeners. It is used to treat and prevent occasional constipation due to hard stools. Docusate sodium works by increasing the amount of water in the stool, making stools softer and easier to pass. It usually starts to work within 1 to 3 days, but it may take up to 5 days to work. docusate sodium USP 100 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: 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. For adults and children older than 12 years, the recommended dose ranges from 100 mg to 200 mg daily. For children 6 to 12 years old, the recommended dose is 40 mg to 120 mg daily. For children 3 to 6 years old, the recommended dose is 20 mg to 60 mg daily. For children under 3 years of age, your doctor will recommend the appropriate dose. Children under 6 years of age should not be given this medication unless recommended by a doctor. Docusate sodium should not be taken by anyone who: is allergic to docusate or to any of the ingredients of the medication has abdominal pain, nausea, fever, or vomiting
Docusate Sodium – Stool Softener Medication
Docusate sodium belongs to the family of medications known as stool softeners. It is used to treat and prevent occasional constipation due to hard stools. Docusate sodium works by increasing the amount of water in the stool, making stools softer and easier to pass.
- Starts working within 1 to 3 days, but may take up to 5 days
- Recommended dose for adults and children over 12 years: 100 mg to 200 mg daily
- Recommended dose for children aged 6 to 12 years: 100 mg daily
- Children under 6 years old should only take this medication as recommended by a doctor
Each orange, oval-shaped soft gelatin capsule contains 100 mg of docusate sodium USP.
- Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor
- Do not give this medication to others without a prescription
Please consult your doctor for personalized advice and to discuss the specific brand and form of docusate sodium that is suitable for your condition.