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Docusate sodium belongs to the family of medications known as stool softeners. It is used to treat and prevent occasional constipation due to hard stools. Docusate sodium works by increasing the amount of water in the stool, making stools softer and easier to pass. It usually starts to work within 1 to 3 days, but it may take up to 5 days to work.
docusate sodium USP 100 mg.
Nonmedicinal ingredients: ethyl vanillin, FD&C Red No. 40, FD&C Yellow No. 6, gelatin, glycerin, methylparaben, polyethylene glycol (PEG 400), propylparaben, propylene glycol, and purified water.
For adults and children older than 12 years, the recommended dose ranges from 100 mg to 200 mg daily.
For children 6 to 12 years old, the recommended dose is 40 mg to 120 mg daily.
For children 3 to 6 years old, the recommended dose is 20 mg to 60 mg daily.
For children under 3 years of age, your doctor will recommend the appropriate dose.
Children under 6 years of age should not be given this medication unless recommended by a doctor.
Docusate sodium should not be taken by anyone who:
is allergic to docusate or to any of the ingredients of the medication
has abdominal pain, nausea, fever, or vomiting