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 399 100
Bowel problems 130 35
General health 20 0
Hemorrhoids 16 6
Bowel irritability 15 5
Irritable bowel syndrome 14 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 16
None 119

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Docusate

Side effect Patients
Diarrhea 9
Abdominal cramps 3
Bowel irregularity 2
Bowel incontinence 1
Excessive gas 1
Frequent bowel movements 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Docusate

Dosage Patients
100 mg daily 22
100 mg twice daily 17
200 mg daily 10
100mg as needed 5
250 mg daily 4
100 mg three times daily 4
300 mg daily 4
1 mg daily 3
50 mg daily 2
200 mg twice daily 2

See all 39 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Docusate

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 52
Did not seem to work 41
Course of treatment ended 29
Doctor's advice 19
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
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 7
2 - 5 years 28
5 - 10 years 28
10 years or more 32

Stopped taking Docusate

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 23
1 - 6 months 40
6 months - 1 year 22
1 - 2 years 24
2 - 5 years 22
5 - 10 years 9
10 years or more 4
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 100
Usually 30
Sometimes 15
Never taken as prescribed 5
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 119
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 4
< $25 80
Not specified 65

What people switch to and from

Patients stopped taking Docusate and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Polyethylene Glycol 3350 (MiraLax) 2
Linaclotide (Linzess) 1
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20 patient evaluations for Docusate

Aug 20, 2008 (Started May 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for bowel problems)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 14, 2008 (Started Sep 14, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for constipation)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 26, 2008 (Started Dec 01, 2007)

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

  • 0 helpful marks
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