Docusate sodium is a type of laxative known as a stool softener, and if you’ve ever had painful constipation you’ll know why that’s so necessary. …read moreSee less
If you’re struggling to get things moving, docusate sodium can help to reduce your discomfort and get things going again.
Not only is this an effective laxative for adults, but some formulations are suitable for children as young as 6 months — a blessing for parents who have had to deal with little tummy troubles.
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Is docusate sodium 100mg available over the counter?
Docusate sodium 100mg capsules are available from pharmacists like Chemist 4 U, so you can get things moving ASAP.
However, if you require higher doses of docusate sodium, or formulations meant for children or to be delivered in an enema, you will need to speak to your pharmacist and answer some routine questions before you can buy these products.
Here at Chemist 4 U, we make this process as easy as possible by requesting that you answer a questionnaire before you place your order with us.
This will pop up when you place an item in your basket so you can fill it out and it can be sent to our pharmacists for review before we dispatch your order.
Can I take docusate sodium during pregnancy?
If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking any medication, including docusate sodium.
Constipation is a common problem that many women face during pregnancy, but you should only take docusate sodium if a medical professional advises that it’s the best solution for you.
Can children take docusate sodium?
Some formulations of docusate sodium are suitable for children aged 6 months and over.
However, you should speak to your doctor, pharmacist, or health visitor before giving these or any other medicines to your child.
They can help you to be sure that you’re giving your child the best possible treatment.
What is constipation?
Constipation isn’t just about not being able to go to the toilet - rather, it describes a collection of symptoms that include hard, pellet-like stools; excessive straining, a sensation that you are unable to go, and a decrease in bowel movements.
The source of constipation varies, but it could be caused by medication, lack of fibre, dehydration, stress, exercise, hormones, or ignoring the urge to go to the toilet.
However, it’s important to remember that constipation is subjective to the individual, and it’s very normal to not have a daily bowel movement.