Medications


Docusate rectal enema

What is this medicine?

DOCUSATE (doc CUE sayt) is stool softener. It helps prevent constipation and straining or discomfort associated with hard or dry stools.

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for rectal use only. Do not take by mouth. Follow the directions on the label. Wash your hands before and after use. Remove tip from enema. Gently insert enema tip into the rectum. Squeeze tube until all of the medicine is inside the rectum. With the tube still squeezed, remove enema tip from the rectum. Do not use more often than directed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • rectal bleeding

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • diarrhea

  • rectal irritation

  • stomach pain

What may interact with this medicine?

  • mineral oil

What if I miss a dose?

This does not apply; this medicine is not for regular use.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • nausea, vomiting

  • severe constipation

  • stomach pain

  • sudden change in bowel habit lasting more than 2 weeks

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to docusate, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Do not use for more than one week without advice from your doctor or health care professional. If your constipation returns, check with your doctor or health care professional.

Drink plenty of water while taking this medicine. Drinking water helps decrease constipation.

Stop using this medicine and contact your doctor or health care professional if you experience any rectal bleeding or do not have a bowel movement after use. These could be signs of a more serious condition.


NOTE:This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider. Copyright© 2017 Elsevier
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