What are Dioctyl 100mg capsules?
Dioctyl 100mg capsules are a laxative medication that can help to ease your constipation. It’s perfect for those who are suffering from constipation that has lasted for a long time or for those who are having a stomach X-Ray. You can also use Dioctyl if you’re suffering from piles, as it can make it easier for you to poo.
Why am I constipated?
Constipation is really common, and there are lots of reasons why you may experience it at any time. Some of the most common causes of constipation include:
Not getting enough fibre in your diet
Not drinking enough water
A change in your diet or routine
Not being active enough or spending a lot of time sitting or lying down
Stress, anxiety, or depression
A side effect of some medications, e.g. cocodamol
Ignoring the urge to go to the toilet
How will the docusate sodium in Dioctyl capsules relieve my constipation?
Docusate sodium is the active ingredient in Dioctyl capsules and it’s a type of medication called a laxative. It works by increasing the amount of water in your poo, softening it and making it easier to pass. It also helps to stimulate the muscles in your bowel, pushing it through your back passage so you can push it out more easily.
Can I take this laxative if I’m pregnant?
If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding you should ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this product. Constipation is a common problem during pregnancy and medical professionals will be able to give you some good advice to help you get through it. If you’re breastfeeding you should be aware that small amounts of docusate sodium will be excreted in your breast milk, so this product should be used with caution.
Can I take this product if I’m taking other medication?
If you’re taking any other medication, including herbal remedies or medications you obtained without a prescription, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Dioctyl. This especially applies if you are taking mineral oil.
How to take Dioctyl 100mg capsules
Take up to 5 Dioctyl capsules a day, as needed. Take the capsules throughout the day with a sip of water. You can take the capsules with or without food. As your constipation eases you should start to reduce your dose.
When should this product not be used?
Do not take Dioctyl capsules if you’re allergic to docusate sodium up any of the other listed ingredients. This product is not suitable for use in children under the age of 12. Do not take this product if you:
Are suffering from stomach pain
Feel sick or have been sick within the last 24 hours
Have a blocked bowel
Have an intolerance to fructose, as this product contains sorbitol
Speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking this product if you:
Need to take laxatives every day
Have regular or constant stomach pain
Does Dioctyl have any side effects?
Like all medications, Dioctyl capsules can have side effects, although not everyone will experience them. These side effects include:
If you experience these or any other side effects while taking this product you should stop use and speak to your doctor or pharmacist right away. For more information about reporting the side effects of medication, please see the MHRA’s Yellow Card Scheme.
Can I buy Dioctyl over the counter?
You do not need a prescription for Dioctyl capsules, however, you will be asked to complete a short medical questionnaire by your Chemist4U pharmacist before we can take your order. This includes some simple questions that all pharmacies legally are required to ask before supplying this kind of product. This helps our pharmacy team to be sure that this product is the best choice for you.
How to store this product
Store in a cool, dry place which is below 25 degrees C. Do not use this product if the expiry date printed on the original packaging has passed. Keep out of sight and reach of children.
This product is a medicine; make sure to speak to your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist before taking this product if you have an underlying medical problem or are taking any other medicine or complementary therapy. If your symptoms get worse or continue after taking this product, contact us or your doctor. For medical services in your area, please refer to https://www.nhs.uk
If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor or our pharmacist before taking this product. If you suffer from any allergies, ask your doctor or our pharmacist if this medicine is right for you.
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Please read the included leaflet fully before using this product.
Please contact your GP if appropriate regarding this product.
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Each capsule contains 100 mg of docusate sodium.
The other ingredients are macrogol 400, propylene glycol, gelatin 175 bloom, purified water, glycerol, sorbitol, titanium dioxide (E171), quinoline yellow (E104), sunset yellow (E110), lecithin, isopropyl alcohol and medium-chain triglycerides
Why has buying stimulant laxatives become more restricted?
Don’t you just hate blockages? Whether it is in the nose and you struggle to breathe through it and smell, or whether it is a traffic jam caused by an accident that leaves you stuck on the road, they are a pain.
The same can be said about constipation, a simple blockage in the digestive system that can cause a lot of problems. To find the solution to constipation, first, you need to know the cause.
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