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   Kaopectate (docusate calcium)

Kaopectate (docusate calcium)
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This medication is used to treat occasional constipation. Some medications and conditions can make constipation more likely. Stool softeners such as docusate are often the first method used for preventing and treating this type of constipation. Docusate is often used when straining to have a bowel movement should be avoided (e.g., after a heart attack or surgery).Docusate is a stool softener. It works by increasing the amount of water the stool absorbs in the gut, making the stool softer and easier to pass.

 
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Kaopectate (docusate calcium)

Uses
This medication is used to treat occasional constipation. Some medications and conditions can make constipation more likely. Stool softeners such as docusate are often the first method used for preventing and treating this type of constipation. Docusate is often used when straining to have a bowel movement should be avoided (e.g., after a heart attack or surgery).Docusate is a stool softener. It works by increasing the amount of water the stool absorbs in the gut, making the stool softer and easier to pass.
Notes
  • Do not share this medication with others.Constipation can usually be prevented by eating a diet high in fiber, drinking enough fluids and getting regular exercise.
  • Use this medication for temporary relief of constipation only.
  • Do not use this medication for a long period of time to prevent becoming dependent on laxatives.

Storage
  • Store at room temperature at 59-86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) in a tightly closed container away from light and moisture.
  • Do not store in the bathroom.
  • Keep all medicines away from children and pets.


How To Use
  • Follow all directions on the product package unless otherwise directed by your doctor.
  • If you are uncertain about any of the information, consult your doctor or pharmacist.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 syrup or liquid, measure the medication with a dose-measuring spoon or device, not a regular teaspoon, to make sure you have the correct dose.
  • Mix the syrup or liquid 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.

Side Effects
  • Stomach pain, diarrhea, or cramping may occur.
  • Irritated throat (with liquid or syrup forms) may also occur.
  • If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects.
  • Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Tell your doctor immediately if this unlikely but serious side effect occurs: rectal bleeding.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs.
  • Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing.If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions
  • Before taking this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it or if you have any other allergies.If you have any of the following health problems, consult your doctor or pharmacist before using this medication: severe abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, sudden change in bowel habits over the previous 2 weeks.This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy.
  • Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.It is not known if this drug passes into breast milk.
  • Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Missed Dose
  • If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember.
  • If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
  • Do not double the dose to catch up.

Drug Interactions
  • Your healthcare professionals (e.g., doctor or pharmacist) may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for it.
  • Do not start, stop or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.This drug should not be used with the following medication because very serious interactions may occur: mineral oil.If you are currently using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist before starting docusate.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use, especially of: aspirin, drugs containing phenolphthalein.

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