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

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 384 99
Bowel problems 123 34
General health 20 0
Bowel irritability 15 5
Hemorrhoids 14 6
Irritable bowel syndrome 13 2

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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 13
Mild 15
None 118

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Docusate

Side effect Patients
Diarrhea 8
Cramps 4
Abdominal cramps 3
Bowel irregularity 2
Bowel incontinence 1
Excessive gas 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Docusate

Dosage Patients
100 mg daily 14
200 mg daily 12
100 mg twice daily 10
100 mg three times daily 4
300 mg daily 4
250 mg daily 3
200 mg twice daily 3
100mg as needed 3
sodium100mg as needed 3
1 mg daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Docusate

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 47
Did not seem to work 39
Course of treatment ended 29
Doctor's advice 17
Personal research 7
Side effects too severe 7
Expense 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
See all 134 patients who've stopped taking Docusate

Duration

Currently taking Docusate

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 10
2 - 5 years 23
5 - 10 years 26
10 years or more 21

Stopped taking Docusate

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 22
1 - 6 months 39
6 months - 1 year 21
1 - 2 years 24
2 - 5 years 20
5 - 10 years 7
10 years or more 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 99
Usually 30
Sometimes 15
Never taken as prescribed 4
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 11
A little hard to take 20
Not at all hard to take 117
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 4
< $25 77
Not specified 66

What people switch to and from

Patients stopped taking Docusate and switched to:

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

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

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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

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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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