Dok Plus



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Generic Name: docusate and senna
(DOK yoo sate and SEN a)

What is Dok Plus?

Docusate is a stool softener. It makes bowel movements softer and easier to pass.

Senna is a laxative. It stimulates muscle movement in the intestines.

The combination of Dok Plus is used to treat occasional constipation.

Dok Plus may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What is the most important information I should know about Dok Plus?

Use this medication as directed on the label, or as your doctor has prescribed. Do not use the medication in larger amounts or for longer than recommended.

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to Dok Plus, or if you are also taking mineral oil.

Ask a doctor or pharmacist before using Dok Plus if you have nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, a sudden change in bowel habits, or an intestinal disorder (such as Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis).

Do not use this medication without your doctor's advice if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.

Do not take this medication for longer than 7 days in a row. Call your doctor if your constipation does not improve or if it gets worse.

Stop taking this Dok Plus and call your doctor at once if you have rectal bleeding, severe stomach pain, nausea and vomiting, or if you do not have a bowel movement.

Do not use any other over-the-counter laxatives or other stool softener without first asking your doctor or pharmacist.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using Dok Plus?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to Dok Plus, or if you are also taking mineral oil.

Ask a doctor or pharmacist about using Dok Plus if you have:

  • nausea or vomiting
  • stomach pain;
  • a sudden change in bowel habits that lasts for 2 weeks or longer; or
  • if you have an intestinal disorder such as Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis.

Do not use this medication without your doctor's advice if you are pregnant.

It is not known whether Dok Plus passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Ask a doctor before giving this medication to a child younger than 2 years old.

How should I use Dok Plus?

Use this medication exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended.

Take this medication with a full glass of water.

It may be best to take this medication at night or at bedtime. Dok Plus should cause you to have a bowel movement within 6 to 12 hours.

Do not take this medication for longer than 7 days in a row, unless your doctor tells you to.

Call your doctor if your constipation does not improve or if it gets worse after taking Dok Plus.

Store Dok Plus at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Since Dok Plus is taken as needed, you are not likely to be on a dosing schedule. If you are taking the medication regularly, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to take the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine.

Overdose symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, or diarrhea.

What should I avoid while using Dok Plus?

Do not use any other over-the-counter laxatives or other stool softener without first asking your doctor or pharmacist. Docusate or senna may be contained in other medicines available over the counter. If you take certain products together you may accidentally take too much of a certain medicine. Read the label of any other medicine you are using to see if it contains docusate or senna.

What are the possible side effects of Dok Plus?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using Dok Plus and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • rectal bleeding
  • severe stomach pain, nausea, vomiting; or
  • no bowel movement.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • gas, bloating
  • diarrhea; or
  • mild nausea.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect Dok Plus?

There may be other drugs that can interact with Dok Plus. Tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

Where can I get more information?

Your pharmacist can provide more information about Dok Plus.


Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

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