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.