Docusol Solution 300ml
Docusol Solution 300ml
Docusol adult solution and Docusol paediatric solution both contain the active ingredient docusate sodium, which is a type of medicine called a laxative.
Docusate works in two ways to relieve constipation. Firstly, it has a stool softening action. It lowers the surface tension of hard, dry stools that have accumulated in the bowel, allowing water to penetrate them. This makes the stools softer and easier to pass, thus reducing straining. This can be particularly helpful for people with haemorrhoid's (piles) or an anal fissure.
Docusate also has a stimulant effect on the gut. It acts on the nerve endings in the walls of the large intestine (colon) and rectum, causing the muscles in the intestinal wall to contract more often and with increased force. When these muscles contract (a process known as peristalsis), this moves the contents of the intestine through the colon to the rectum so that the bowel can be emptied.
The dual action is effective at relieving constipation without straining. The solution usually provides relief from constipation in one to two days.
Docusol solution can also be used to empty the bowel prior to abdominal radiological procedures (X-rays, eg with barium meals).
Dose: Adults and elderly 10ml to 15ml three times a day. Take as a single dose followed by plenty of water or flavoured drink, eg milk or orange juice. Maximum daily dose 50ml. Children not recommended. Please read the patient information leaflet on the bottle carefully before you start to take your medicine.
The safety of this medicine for use during pregnancy has not been fully established, though it has been in widespread use for many years with no reported harmful effects. As with all medicines, you should seek medical advice from your doctor before taking this medicine if you are pregnant.
This medicine may pass into breast milk. It should be used with caution during breastfeeding. As with all medicines, you should seek medical advice from your doctor before taking this medicine if you are breastfeeding.
Medicines and their possible side effects can affect individual people in different ways. The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with this medicine. Because a side effect is stated here, it does not mean that all people using this medicine will experience that or any side effect.
Each 5ml spoonful contains Docusate Sodium U.S.P 50mg. Inactive ingredients: Sorbitol, Glycerol, Povidone, Sodium Acid Phosphate, Sodium Phosphate, Methyl P-Hydroxybenzoate, Propyl P-Hydroxybenzoate and Purified Water.