Common brand name: Colace
Why is this medication prescribed?
One of the common side effects of transplant medications is constipation. Docusate is a stool softener prescribed to prevent constipation and encourage bowel movements. It works by drawing water from the body into the stool to prevent dry, hard stool masses.
How and when should this medication be taken?
Docusate comes in 100 mg capsules and tablets. It also comes in a liquid form. It is generally taken three times a day to soften the stool. It can be taken with food or on an empty stomach.
Your health care provider may have special instructions on the proper dose for your medical condition; he or she will tell you how much to take at each dose. Desired results usually occur 1 to 2 days after the first dose.
What special instructions should I follow while using this drug?
- Do not use this medication if you experience abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting or rectal bleeding.
- Do not take this medication with other laxatives or stool softeners, unless directed by your health care provider.
- Drink at least 8 eight-ounce glasses of water or other liquids while taking this medication.
- To prevent constipation, drink plenty of fluids, include fiber in your diet and exercise regularly. Fiber-rich foods include prune juice, fresh fruit and bran products.
- Do not take more of this medication than is recommended on the prescription label or medication package.
- Do not use any leftover medication to treat future constipation without first checking with your health care provider.
- Follow your health care provider’s guidelines on how long to take this medication. Taking it for a long period of time can cause bowel problems or may make you dependent on the medication.
What are the common side effects of this drug?
Although side effects are not common with this medication, it may cause skin irritation surrounding the rectal area, a bitter taste in the mouth, throat irritation, stomach ache, abdominal pain or cramping, nausea and vomiting.
What should I do if I forget to take a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time to take your next dose (within 2 hours), skip the missed dose and continue your usual dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose.
When should I call my health care provider?
Call your health care provider if you have:
- New rectal pain, burning, blistering, itching, bleeding or other sign of irritation (pain that you did not have before taking this medication).
- Symptoms that do not improve or become worse within one week after taking this medication.
- Changes in your bowel habits which last for 2 weeks or longer.
- Any symptoms that are persistent or severe.
- Any other symptoms that cause concern.
What storage conditions are necessary for this drug?
- Keep this medication out of the reach of children and away from toothpaste and other ointments and creams.
- Store the medication at room temperature, away from heat, light and moisture. Do not store this medication in the bathroom or near other damp places.
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