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Dulcolax Stool Softener

Generic name: docusate sodium 100mg capsules [DOK-ue-sate-SOE-dee-um]
Drug class
: laxatives

What is Dulcolax Stool Softener?

Dulcolax Stool Softener (Docusate) makes bowel movements smoother and simpler. Dulcolax Stool Softener capsules (100 mg) are used to treat or reduce occasional constipation. Dulcolax Stool Softener can also be used to relieve pain and rectal damage due to hard stools or straining during bowel movements. Click here for more information about Dulcolax (bisacodyl) laxatives.


Dulcolax Stool Softener should not be used if your intestines are blocked. Dulcolax is not recommended for people who are suffering from nausea, vomiting, or severe stomach discomfort. Do not use Dulcolax Stool Softener if you are taking mineral oil.

Before you take this drug

Dulcolax Stool Softener should not be used if:

  • Nausea, vomiting, or severe stomach pain;
  • A blockage of your intestines
  • Chronic stomach pain was not checked by your doctor.

When using Dulcolax Stool Softener, you should not use mineral oils.

Docusate sodium is a safe medication to take.

  • If you're on a diet low in salt,
  • If you've recently experienced a sudden and lasting change in your bowel habit, this should last for more than two weeks.

Docusate sodium is not known to harm unborn babies. If you are pregnant, do not use Dulcolax Stool Softener unless you have consulted your doctor. Docusate sodium is not known to pass into breast milk. It's also unknown if it can harm a baby who is nursing. If you are breastfeeding a child, do not take this medication without consulting your doctor. This medicine should not be given to children younger than six years of age without consulting a doctor.

How to take Dulcolax Stool Softener?

Do not exceed the recommended dosage or use it longer than prescribed. Use only the recommended amount. Do not exceed it. This medicine should be taken with water. While taking Dulcolax stool softener, drink plenty of fluids.Dulcolax 100mg capsules should not be chewed, broken, or opened. Swallow the capsule in its entirety. You should be able to have a bowel motion within 12 to 72 hours. Do not use Dulcolax Stool Softener for longer than seven days, unless you are told to by your doctor. Contact your doctor immediately if symptoms persist or if a bowel motion has not been had in 1 to 3 days. A stool softener used excessively can cause serious medical issues.Store away from heat and moisture at room temperature.

Details on dosage

The usual dose for constipation in adults and children over 12 years old is:
Oral: 100–300 mg orally, divided into 1–3 doses per day.
The usual pediatric dose for constipation is:
From 2–12 years old: Take one 100-mg tablet once per day.

What happens if I miss the dose?

Dulcolax Stool Softener can be used as needed, and you do not need to follow a schedule. Use the missed dose if you have a schedule as soon as possible. If your next scheduled dosage is approaching, skip the missed dose. You should not take extra medicine to compensate for a missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Call 1-800-222-1222 for poison help or seek immediate medical attention. You may experience nausea, vomiting, or stomach discomfort as a result of an overdose.

What should be avoided?

Use only if your doctor tells you to.

Side effects of Dulcolax Stool Softener

If you experience any of the following symptoms of an allergic reaction, seek emergency medical attention: hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of your lips, face, tongue, or throat.

If you experience any of the following symptoms, stop using Dulcolax Stool Softener immediately and contact your doctor.

  • If you feel your heart pounding or fluttering, then it is time to seek medical attention.
  • A feeling of lightheadedness, as if you could pass out.
  • Rectal bleeding or irritation
  • Numbness, or a rash on your rectum
  • Vomiting, severe diarrhea, or stomach cramps
  • Continued constipation, or no bowel movement.

Some of the common side effects of Dulcolax stool softener include:

  • Dizziness, weakness;
  • Gas, bloating, and mild diarrhea
  • Rectal irritation;

There may be other side effects. For medical advice on side effects, call your doctor. The FDA can be contacted at 1-800-FDA-1088 to report side effects.

Interaction with other drug

It is sometimes not safe to take certain medications together. Some drugs may affect the blood levels of drugs that you are taking, which can increase side effects and make them less effective.

Tell your doctor about your other medications, including:

  • Antifungal medicines such as ketoconazole.
  • Medicine to treat HIV.

This list is incomplete. There are other drugs that may interact with mometasone and formoterol, such as prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. This list does not include all possible drug interactions.