Which medications in the drug class Laxatives, Stool Softener are used in the treatment of Constipation?

Updated: Jul 04, 2019
  • Author: Marc D Basson, MD, PhD, MBA, FACS; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Laxatives, Stool Softener

Emollient stool softeners are used for prophylaxis against constipation in acute and subacute settings.

Docusate (Colace, Docu-Soft, Dok)

Docusate is indicated for patients who should avoid straining during defecation. It allows incorporation of water and fat into stools, causing stools to soften. Tachyphylaxis develops with long-term use. Docusate is effective acutely. It does not induce defecation.

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