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 397 100
Bowel problems 130 35
General health 20 0
Bowel irritability 15 5
Hemorrhoids 15 6
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 25
100 mg twice daily 19
200 mg daily 8
250 mg daily 5
100 mg three times daily 5
300 mg daily 5
100mg as needed 5
sodium100mg as needed 4
200 mg twice daily 3
1 mg daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Docusate

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 51
Did not seem to work 40
Course of treatment ended 29
Doctor's advice 18
Personal research 7
Side effects too severe 7
Expense 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
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Duration

Currently taking Docusate

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 31
5 - 10 years 31
10 years or more 36

Stopped taking Docusate

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 22
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 3
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

Jan 17, 2013 (Started Feb 20, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for hemorrhoids)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for constipation)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 400 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Jun 30, 2012 (Started Feb 01, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for constipation)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 600 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I moved from a stool softener to a laxative (Senna).
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 11, 2009 (Started Feb 01, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for constipation)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 1, 2011 (Started Dec 24, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for bowel problems)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for constipation)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for hard stool)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Stopped mainly due to switching to a generic brand. But most of the time, I can't really tell that it doing anything for me.

  • 0 helpful marks
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