Stimulant laxative and faecal softner.
To prevent and treat chronic constipation.
Paediatric solution 12.5mg/5ml, Adult solution 50mg/5ml
< 1 year 12.5mg (bd – tds)
1 – 4 years: 12.5mg – 25mg (bd – tds)
5 – 12 years: 25 – 50mg (bd-tds) Max 200mg daily
Using milk or orange squash can mask the bitter flavour.
Capsules should not be taken in the presence of abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting or intestinal obstruction.
Anal or rectal burning and pain, diarrhoea and rash.
Should not be used concurrently with mineral oil. Anthraquinone derivatives (e.g. senna) should be taken in reduced doses if administered with docusate sodium as their absorption is increased.
Acts within 1 to 2 days.