USMLE

Docusate

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Gastrointestinal Pharm
  1. H2 Blockers (Cimetidine, Ranitidine, Famotidine)
  2. Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs)
  3. Misoprostol
  4. Orlistat
  5. Antacids
  6. Bismuth & Sucralfate
  7. Octreotide
  8. Diphenoxylate vs. Loperamide
  9. Ondansetron
  10. Metoclopramide
  11. Bulk-forming Laxatives
  12. Senna
  13. Docusate
  14. Aprepitant

Summary

Docusate is a laxative that treats constipation. More specifically, docusate is a stool softener that softens stool. This softened stool is then more easily excreted.

Key Points

  • Docusate
    • Mechanism
      • Stool softener
        • Promotes incorporation of water and fat into stool
    • Clinical Use
      • Laxative for constipation
    • Adverse effects
      • Diarrhea