What is Docusate?

Category: Over the Counter Drugs

Most popular types: Stool Softener Colace Doc-Q-Lace Show all

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See also: Peri-Colace Senna S Senokot-S

Docusate is a stool softener that is used in the treatment of constipation. It is available as capsule, liquid or enema. Docusate preparations may include sodium, calcium, or potassium.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Constipation 345 86
Bowel problems 111 25
General health 20 0
Bowel irritability 15 5
Hemorrhoids 14 5
Chronic constipation 9 4

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 2
Moderate 11
Mild 14
None 99

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Docusate

Side effect Patients
Diarrhea 6
Cramps 4
Abdominal cramps 3
Bowel Irregularity 2
Bowel (fecal) incontinence 1
Excessive gas 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Docusate

Dosage Patients
100 mg daily 15
100 mg twice daily 9
200 mg daily 9
300 mg daily 3
sodium100mg as needed 3
2 other daily 2
240 mg daily 2
250 mg daily 2
100 mg three times daily 2
250 mg twice daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Docusate

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 45
Did not seem to work 38
Course of treatment ended 26
Doctor's advice 16
Personal research 7
Side effects too severe 6
Expense 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
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Duration

Currently taking Docusate

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 11
2 - 5 years 18
5 - 10 years 27
10 years or more 15

Stopped taking Docusate

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 21
1 - 6 months 39
6 months - 1 year 19
1 - 2 years 22
2 - 5 years 19
5 - 10 years 6
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 83
Usually 26
Sometimes 13
Never taken as prescribed 4
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 9
A little hard to take 19
Not at all hard to take 98
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 4
< $25 62
Not specified 59
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20 patient evaluations for Docusate

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tigger13039
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tigger13039
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: n
I have:
MS

See tigger13039's full Docusate history

Jul 1, 2015 (Started Sep 21, 2011)

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

  • 0 helpful marks
Navy Nurse
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Navy Nurse
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Bulbar: moderate
Arms: severe
Chest: none
Legs: moderate
I have:
ALS

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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
God's Worshipper
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God's Worshipper
Gender: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 1
Mania: 0
Emotional: 0
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 1
External Stress: Low
59 M
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: n
I have:
Schizoaffective Disorder

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Oct 6, 2014 (Started Aug 14, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Constipation)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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