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What is Docusate Calcium prescribed for?

Being in a state of constipation means your bowel movements are tough or happen less often than normal. And while this condition is not considered serious, it is nice to get your body back on track. This medication is used to treat the occasional constipation. Typically, it is used when straining to have a bowel movement should be avoided, for example such times should be after a heart attack or surgery.  Docusate is a stool softener and is often used as the first method in preventing and treating this type of constipation.

As a stool softener, this medication works by increasing the amount of water the stool absorbs in the gut, making the stool softer and easier to pass.

This medication comes in the singular dose of 240mg. Remember your dose is based on your medical background and your overall response to the treatment. If your doctor or pharmacist has given you some information in the form of a pamphlet, take the time to read up on this drug, and if you have any questions or concerns regarding this medication, please consult your doctor.

This medication is taken by mouth, normally at bedtime, along with a full glass of water or juice. Take this medication as directed by your doctor. And remember that the dosage given to you is based on your medical condition and your response to the treatment. However, decrease your dose if you this medication begins to give you diarrhea.

Use this medication only when needed. Do not use this product for more than 1 week unless prescribed by your doctor.

Relief is usually seen within 1 to 3 days. However if you condition persists or worsens, consult with your doctor.


Before taking this medication, inform your doctor if you are allergic to Docusate Calcium; or if you have any other allergies in general.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: severe abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, sudden change in bowel habits over the previous 2 weeks.

Side Effects

Common side effects of this medication do include the following; Stomach pain, diarrhea, or cramping.  It is best to speak with your doctor promptly if you are experiencing any of these side effects.

However, seek medical attention right away if you are experiencing any of the following; rectal bleeding.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.


What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?

There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.


What is the best dosage to take?

The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.


What happens if I miss a dose?

You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.


What is the best way to store this medication?

This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.

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