docusate (generic name)

Sur-Q-Lax (brand name)

It helps prevent constipation and straining or discomfort associated with hard or dry stools
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What is this medicine?

DOCUSATE (doc CUE sayt) is stool softener. It helps prevent constipation and straining or discomfort associated with hard or dry stools.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • nausea or vomiting
  • severe constipation
  • stomach pain
  • sudden change in bowel habit lasting more than 2 weeks
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to docusate, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the label. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this medicine may be prescribed for children as young as 2 years for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • mineral oil

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Do not use for more than one week without advice from your doctor or health care professional. If your constipation returns, check with your doctor or health care professional.

Drink plenty of water while taking this medicine. Drinking water helps decrease constipation.

Stop using this medicine and contact your doctor or health care professional if you experience any rectal bleeding or do not have a bowel movement after use. These could be signs of a more serious condition.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • diarrhea
  • stomach cramps
  • throat irritation

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Last Updated: April 09, 2009
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