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Docusate sodium

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Docusate sodium

Bis-2-ethylhexyl sodium sulfosuccinate;a surface-active agent used as a dispersing agent in topically applied preparations. After oral administration it acts as stool softener and lowers the surface tension of the gastrointestinal tract and is used in the treatment of constipation. It may also be administered rectally as an enema and acts as a stimulant laxative. If given orally, it is normally effective in one to two days in relieving constipation. If given rectally, a bowel movement usually occurs within 15 minutes.

Synonym: dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate.