What is Equate Stool Softener?

Category: Over the Counter Drugs

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Generic name: Docusate

Stool softeners are used to relieve constipation by people who should avoid straining during bowel movements because of heart conditions, hemorrhoids, and other problems. They soften stools, making them easier to pass.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Constipation 12 6
Bowel problems 5 0
Irritable bowel syndrome 2 0
Bowel irregularity 1 1
Diverticulitis 1 0
Parkinson's disease 1 1

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 2
Mild 0
None 4

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Equate Stool Softener

Side effect Patients
Diarrhea 1
Frequent bowel movements 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Equate Stool Softener

Dosage Patients
2 other daily 1
250 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Equate Stool Softener

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 2
Did not seem to work 1
Other 1
See all 4 patients who've stopped taking Equate Stool Softener

Duration

Currently taking Equate Stool Softener

Duration Patients
10 years or more 2

Stopped taking Equate Stool Softener

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
6 months - 1 year 2
2 - 5 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 4
Usually 1
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 1
Not at all hard to take 4
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 5
Not specified 1
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1 patient evaluation for Equate Stool Softener

Sep 9, 2010 (Started Sep 08, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for constipation)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for bowel irregularity)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

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