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Docusate Calcium belongs to the family of medications knows as stool softeners. It is used to treat and prevent occasional Constipation due to hard stools.
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Docusate Calcium belongs to the family of medications knows as stool softeners. It is used to treat and prevent occasional Constipation due to hard stools. Docusate calcium works by increasing the amount of water in the stool, making stools softer and easier to pass. It usually starts to work within 1 to 3 days.
Your doctor may have suggested Calax (Docusate-calcium) for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of Calax (Docusate-calcium) may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking Calax (Docusate-calcium), speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking Calax (Docusate-calcium) without consulting your doctor.
Do not give Calax (Docusate-calcium) to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take Calax (Docusate-calcium) if their doctor has not prescribed it.
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The recommended adult dose of docusate calcium is 240 mg daily.
Take Calax (Docusate-calcium) with a full glass (240 mL) of water.
Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to take Calax (Docusate-calcium) exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store Calax (Docusate-calcium) at room temperature, protect it from heat and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.
Calax (Docusate-calcium) is available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of Calax (Docusate-calcium) may not be available in all of the forms listed here. The forms available for the specific brand you have searched are listed under "What form(s) does Calax (Docusate-calcium) come in?"
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
Many medications can cause side effects. A side effect is an unwanted response to a medication when it is taken in normal doses. Side effects can be mild or severe, temporary or permanent. The side effects listed below are not experienced by everyone who takes Calax (Docusate-calcium). If you are concerned about side effects, discuss the risks and benefits of Calax (Docusate-calcium) with your doctor.
The following side effects have been reported by at least 1% of people taking Calax (Docusate-calcium). Many of these side effects can be managed, and some may go away on their own over time.
Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects and they are severe or bothersome. Your pharmacist may be able to advise you on managing side effects.
Some people may experience side effects other than those listed. Check with your doctor if you notice any symptom that worries you while you are taking Calax (Docusate-calcium).
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Calax (Docusate-calcium) is available as a 240 mg capsule.
Docusate calcium should not be taken by anyone who:
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There may be an interaction between docusate calcium and any of the following:
In general, stool softeners should not be taken within two hours of other medications, since they may reduce the effectiveness of those medications. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist to verify that this is the case with the medications that you are taking.
If you are taking any of these medications, speak with your doctor or pharmacist. Depending on your specific circumstances, your doctor may want you to:
An interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them. Speak to your doctor about how any drug interactions are being managed or should be managed.
Medications other than those listed above may interact with Calax (Docusate-calcium). Tell your doctor or prescriber about all prescription, over-the-counter (non-prescription), and herbal medications you are taking. Also tell them about any supplements you take. Since caffeine, alcohol, the Nicotine from cigarettes, or street drugs can affect the action of many medications, you should let your prescriber know if you use them.
Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or Allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use Calax (Docusate-calcium).
General: If you experience a sudden change in your bowel movements that lasts for 2 weeks or more, do not take Calax (Docusate-calcium) without talking to your doctor. If you take Calax (Docusate-calcium) for 1 week and it does not seem to help with your constipation or if rectal bleeding occurs, stop taking Calax (Docusate-calcium) and contact your doctor.
Medical conditions: Docusate calcium is not recommended for people who have Appendicitis, symptoms of appendicitis (e.g., nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain), bleeding from the rectum, undiagnosed bleeding, Congestive Heart Failure, high blood pressure, fecal impaction, or intestinal obstruction.
Overuse and prolonged use: Overusing or using Calax (Docusate-calcium) for long periods of time may cause your bowels to become dependent on the medication. Unless recommended by your doctor, do not use Calax (Docusate-calcium) for longer than 1 week.
Pregnancy: Calax (Docusate-calcium) should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. If you become pregnant while taking Calax (Docusate-calcium), contact your doctor.
Breast-feeding: It is not known if docusate calcium passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are taking Calax (Docusate-calcium), it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.
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