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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using docusate?
You should not use docusate if you are allergic to it, or if you have a blockage in your intestines. Do not use docusate while you are sick with nausea, vomiting, or stomach pain.
Do not take mineral oil while using docusate, unless your doctor tells you to.
Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to take docusate:
It is not known whether docusate will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.
It is not known whether docusate passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Do not give this medication to a child younger than 2 years old without the advice of a doctor.
How should I use docusate?
Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Take docusate tablets or capsules with a full glass of water. Drink plenty of liquids while you are taking docusate.
Do not crush, chew, or break a docusate capsule. Swallow it whole.
Measure liquid medicine with a special dose-measuring spoon or medicine cup, not with a regular table spoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one. Mix the liquid with 6 to 8 ounces of milk, fruit juice, or infant formula and drink the mixture right away.
Do not take docusate rectal enema by mouth. It is for use only in your rectum.
Wash your hands before and after using docusate rectal enema.
Try to empty your bowel and bladder just before using the enema.
Twist off the applicator tip. Lie down on your left side with your knees bent, and gently insert the tip of the enema applicator into the rectum. Squeeze the tube to empty the entire contents into the rectum. Throw away the tube, even if there is still some medicine left in it.
After using docusate, you should have a bowel movement within 12 to 72 hours. Call your doctor if you have not had a bowel movement within 1 to 3 days.
Do not use docusate for longer than 7 days unless your doctor has told you to. Overuse of a stool softener can lead to serious medical problems.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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