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DulcoEase

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This content has been written and checked for quality and accuracy by
Adil Bhaloda Pharmacist GPhC: 2086262 Updated on: 02/12/2020 Next review: 02/06/2021

What is DulcoEase?

DulcoEase is an over-the-counter laxative which helps to relieve constipation. It is used to;

  • Prevent and treat chronic constipation.
  • Soften the stools in people who have haemorrhoids (piles) or a tear in the lining of the anus (anal fissure) by reducing straining and helps to pass the stools easily.

If you are constipated, you should first try to make adjustments to your diet and lifestyle before considering a laxative. Changes can include:

  • Eating more fibre
  • Drinking more water
  • Exercising regularly
  • Going to the toilet at regular intervals

If you suspect that your constipation is brought on from a medicine you are taking, speak to your doctor. You should not stop taking a medicine your doctor has prescribed for you without explicit permission.

In the case where your constipation does not improve after making changes to your diet and lifestyle, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist. They will be able to discuss your condition with you, and inform you which treatments are safe for you, based upon your medical history.

Where can I buy DulcoEase?

DulcoEase can be bought over the counter from your local pharmacy, or you can buy it from a registered online pharmacy, such as Prescription Doctor.

Our convenient and confidential service makes it easy for you to by constipation relief tablets from a UK based pharmacy. All items are dispatched in discreet packaging and delivered via a next-day delivery.


How Does DulcoEase Work?

DulcoEase Capsules contain 100mgs of the active substance docusate sodium which belongs to the group of medicines called stool softeners. DulcoEase works in two ways to relieve constipation.

Firstly, docusate sodium breaks the surface tension of hard, dry faecal matter that has accumulated in the colon allowing it to absorb fat and water which softens the stool and make it more comfortable to pass.

Secondly, it stimulates the nerve endings present in the walls of the colon and rectum, causing the smooth muscles of the intestine to contract more often and with increased force. This helps the faecal matter to move through the colon to the rectum and emptying of the bowel.

This dual-action is effective to relieve constipation without straining. DulcoEase usually alleviates constipation in one to two days.


How do I take DulcoEase?

The recommended dose for adults or adolescents over 12 years of age is to start with 1 capsule and taking it to 3 capsules a day. If this is not effective, you can increase the dose up to five times a day. Once you start feeling the relief, you should take medicine less frequently.

Swallow the whole capsule with a glass of water. Do not chew or break open and empty the contents of the capsule. DulcoEase can be taken either with or without food.

Prolonged use of DulcoEase is not recommended. If you are still constipated after five days of treatment or need the laxative every day or have persistent abdominal pain, consult a doctor.

Always take DulcoEase as described in the leaflet or as your pharmacist or doctor has told you.


DulcoEase side effects and cautions

Before you take DulcoEase, it's important to familiarise yourself with the information presented in the patient information leaflet. This leaflet instructs how to take and store DulcoEase, and provides important safety information such as contraindications and side effects.

You can view the patient information leaflet for DulcoEase online here.

Who should not take DulcoEase?

DulcoEase is not suitable for everyone.

Do not take DulcoEase if you:

  • are allergic to docusate sodium or any of the other ingredients listed in the patient information leaflet
  • are intolerant to any sugars such as fructose or sorbitol
  • are taking a mineral oil laxative such as liquid paraffin
  • feel sick or have been sick in the last 24 hours
  • have a blockage in your intestine (intestinal obstruction)
  • have stomach pains

If you are unsure whether it is safe for you to take DulcoEase, speak to your doctor first.

Side effects

All medicines carry the risk of side effects, though not everybody experiences them. During your course of treatment with DulcoEase, it's important to remain aware and vigilant of any potential side effects which may result from taking this medicine.

DulcoEase is usually well tolerated and unlikely to cause side effects.

Rare side effects (may affect less than 1 in 1,000 people):

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhoea
  • Stomach cramps

Unknown (frequency cannot be determined from available data):

  • Itching
  • Skin rash

If you experience any side effects while taking DulcoEase, regardless of whether they are listed above or in the patient information leaflet, speak to your doctor or ask a pharmacist for advice.

Allergies

Do not take DulcoEase if you are allergic to docusate sodium or any of the other ingredients listed in the patient information leaflet.

DulcoEase contains sorbitol, propylene glycol and sunset yellow (E110).

If you experience an allergic reaction after taking DulcoEase, stop taking DulcoEase immediately and seek urgent medical attention by going straight to your nearest accident and emergency department. Remember to take the packaging and any remaining medicine with you so that doctors know exactly what you have taken.

Signs of an allergic reaction include:

  • Chest tightening
  • Dry, red and cracked skin
  • Itchy, red watery eyes
  • Raised, itchy, red rash (hives)
  • Swelling of the lips, tongue, eyes or face
  • Tummy pain, nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea
  • Wheezing

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

If you are pregnant, think you might be pregnant, or are breastfeeding, speak to your doctor first.

Other safety information

Always speak to your doctor before you buy DulcoEase online from Prescription Doctor.

Please inform our medical team of all medicines you are currently taking, including those prescribed by your doctor, or bought over the counter, as well as health and herbal supplements.#

While taking any laxative, it's important to drink plenty of water throughout the day, to prevent your body from becoming dehydrated. Drinking around 6 to 8 glasses of water is usually sufficient for preventing dehydration.

Do not take DulcoEase past the expiry date printed on the packaging. The date refers to the last day of the specified month. For example, "EXP: 03/25" means the 31st of March 2025.

Never throw away medicine via household or water waste. Take any unwanted or expired medicine to your local pharmacy and ask them to dispose of it safely on your behalf.

Always store medicine out of sight and reach from children and pets.

Never share your medicine with anybody else, even if they are experiencing the same symptoms or have the same condition as you.


Frequently asked questions

What should I do if I forget to take DulcoEase when I should?

If you forget to take DulcoEase when you should, take it as soon as you remember. If it is nearly time for the next dose, leave out the missed dose and take your next capsule at the usual time. Never take a double dose of DulcoEase to make up for a missed dose.

What should I do if I take too much DulcoEase?

If you take more DulcoEase accidentally, then you should drink lots of water. Immediately, consult a doctor or go to the nearest hospital A&E department.

Can I drink alcohol while taking DulcoEase?

While alcohol does not interact with DulcoEase, drinking excessive amounts of alcohol may worsen your constipation.

Will DulcoEase impact my ability to drive or operate machinery?

DulcoEase should not impact your ability to drive or operate machinery.

How long does DulcoEase take to work?

You should feel more relieved within 1 or 2 days of taking DulcoEase.

How long can I take DulcoEase for?

You can take DulcoEase for up to five consecutive days. Inform your doctor or a pharmacist if your condition does not improve or worsens after taking DulcoEase for five days.

Is Dioctyl available over the counter?

Yes, you can buy Dioctyl capsules over the counter from pharmacies. If you can’t get to a pharmacy, you can buy Dioctyl online from reputable online pharmacies such as Prescription Doctor.


Table of contents

What is DulcoEase

How does DulcoEase work?

How do I take DulcoEase?

DulcoEase side effects and cautions

Frequently asked questions

Sources

NHS, 2020. Constipation.

NHS, 2019. Laxatives

Sanofi, 2020. DulcoEase 100 mg Capsules: Summary of Product Characteristics

Treatment information

  • Product Name: DulcoEase
  • Manufacturer: Sanofi
  • Active Ingredient(s): Docusate sodium
  • Administration: Oral
  • Presentation: Capsules
  • Available Strength: 100mg
  • Exemption: GSL
  • Dosage: Take one capsules 3 times a day.
  • Description: DulcoEase is a stool-softener which helps to make passing stools easier.
  • Drug Class: Stool softener
  • Alcohol Consumption: Avoid excessive alcohol consumption as it may worsen your constipation symptoms.
  • When Pregnant: Speak to your doctor before taking DulcoEase if you are pregnant or think you might be pregnant.
  • When Breastfeeding: Speak to your doctor before taking DulcoEase if you are breastfeeding
Click here to view the DulcoEase - Patient Information Leaflet

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