Stool Softeners


Docusate is the generic name of the most common stool softener. Brand names include Colace and Correctal® Soft Gels. There are other brand names for docusate. There are also other types of stool softeners.

How Do I Take This Medication?

Stool softeners come as a capsule, tablet, liquid, and syrup.

What Is This Medication Used For?

Stool softeners are used on a short-term basis to relieve constipation by people who should avoid straining during bowel movements. They soften stools, making them easier to pass.

What Should I Tell My Doctor Before I Begin Taking Stool Softeners?

Tell your doctor:

  • if you are allergic to any drugs

This drug may interact with other medications or cause harmful side effects. Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all prescription or over-the-counter medications, vitamins, herbal, or diet supplements that you are taking.

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