Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Constipation 402 102
Bowel problems 130 36
General health 20 0
Hemorrhoids 17 6
Bowel irritability 15 5
Irritable bowel syndrome 15 2

Show all 41 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 1
Moderate 13
Mild 17
None 123

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Docusate

Side effect Patients Percentage
Diarrhea 8
Abdominal cramps 3
Bowel irregularity 2
Bowel incontinence 1
Excessive gas 1
Frequent bowel movements 1

Show all 9 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Docusate

Dosage Patients Percentage
100 mg daily 14
200 mg daily 11
100 mg twice daily 7
250 mg daily 5
100 mg three times daily 4
300 mg daily 3
200 mg twice daily 3
100mg as needed 3
daily 3
400 mg daily 2

See all 31 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Docusate

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Other 52
Did not seem to work 41
Course of treatment ended 29
Doctor's advice 20
Personal research 7
Side effects too severe 7
Expense 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
See all 142 patients who've stopped taking Docusate

Duration

Currently taking Docusate

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 1
1 - 2 years 12
2 - 5 years 19
5 - 10 years 23
10 years or more 22

Stopped taking Docusate

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 23
1 - 6 months 40
6 months - 1 year 25
1 - 2 years 26
2 - 5 years 19
5 - 10 years 11
10 years or more 5
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 104
Usually 30
Sometimes 15
Never taken as prescribed 5
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 11
A little hard to take 20
Not at all hard to take 123
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 4
< $25 82
Not specified 67

What people switch to and from

Patients stopped taking Docusate and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Linaclotide (Linzess) 1
Polyethylene Glycol 3350 (MiraLax) 1
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20 patient evaluations for Docusate

Jul 1, 2015 (Started Sep 21, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for bowel problems)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for constipation)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for hemorrhoids)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 1, 2015 (Started Oct 15, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for constipation)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily

Aug 13, 2011 (Started Oct 15, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for constipation)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily

Nov 17, 2010 (Started Oct 15, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for constipation)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 22, 2014 (Started Jul 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for constipation)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: I took docusate sodium as prescribed by my pain management physician, at the maximum dose for a month. It didn't do anything to soften my stools. I found fiber seems to work best for that, as well as for helping frequency issues.

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