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ratio-Docusate Calcium

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docusate calcium

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How does this medication work? What will it do for me?

Docusate calcium belongs to the family of medications knows as stool softeners. It is used to treat and prevent occasional constipation due to hard stools. Docusate calcium 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.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

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How should I use this medication?

The recommended adult dose of docusate calcium is 240 mg daily.

Take this medication with a full glass (240 mL) of water.

Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.

It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from heat and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.

This medication is available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms listed here. The forms available for the specific brand you have searched are listed under "What form(s) does this medication come in?"

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.

What form(s) does this medication come in?

Each red, odourless, oblong soft-gel capsule imprinted "TEC" in white ink, contains 240 mg of docusate calcium. Nonmedicinal ingredients: corn oil, D&C Red No. 33, FD&C Red No. 40, gelatin, glycerin, purified water, and sorbitol. This medication does not contain lactose, sodium, or tartrazine.

Who should NOT take this medication?

Docusate calcium should not be taken by anyone who:

  • is allergic to docusate calcium or to any of the ingredients of the medication
  • has abdominal pain, nausea, fever, or vomiting



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