Doc-Q-Lace (docusate) is a stool softener. It makes bowel movements softer and easier to pass.
It is used to treat or prevent occasional constipation.
Doc-Q-Lace is also used to reduce pain or rectal damage caused by hard stools or by straining during bowel movements.
Take this medication by mouth, usually at bedtime with a full glass (8 ounces or 240 milliliters) of water or juice, or as directed by your doctor. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy. Decrease your dose or stop taking this medication if you develop diarrhea.
If you are using the liquid form of this medication, measure the dose carefully using a special measuring device/spoon. Do not use a household spoon because you may not get the correct dose. If you are using the drops, measure the medication with the dropper provided, or use a dose-measuring spoon or device to make sure you have the correct dose. Mix the syrup, liquid or drops in 4 to 8 ounces of fruit juice, milk or infant formula to prevent throat irritation and mask a bitter taste.
Use this medication only when needed. Do not use this product for more than 1 week unless directed by your doctor.
Relief is usually seen in 1 to 3 days.
Inform your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using Doc-Q-Lace and call your doctor at once if you have:
pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest;
a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out;
rectal bleeding or irritation;
numbness or a rash around your rectum;
vomiting, severe diarrhea or stomach cramps; or
continued constipation, or no bowel movement.
Common Doc-Q-Lace side effects may include:
gas, bloating, mild diarrhea;
rectal irritation; or
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur.
Should be kept at a temperature of 59-86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) in a tightly closed container away from light and moisture.
Some products that may interact with this drug include: mineral oil, drugs containing phenolphthalein.
Overdose symptoms may include nausea, vomiting or stomach pain.Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.