What is Surfak® (docusate) used for?
Surfak® may be prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
How should I take Surfak® (docusate)?
Take Surfak® by mouth with a full glass of water, do not chew or break it, swallow the whole capsule.
Follow all directions on your prescription label.
Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Surfak®.
How do I store Surfak® (docusate)?
Surfak® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Surfak® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Surfak® that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.
You should not flush Surfak® down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.
Precautions & warnings
What should I know before using Surfak® (docusate)?
Before using this drug, tell your doctor if:
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
- You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
- You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of Surfak® or other medications.
- You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?
There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using Surfak® during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Surfak®. Surfak® is pregnancy risk category C, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:
- A=No risk
- B=No risk in some studies
- C=There may be some risk
- D=Positive evidence of risk
What side effects can occur from Surfak® (docusate)?
Seek medical attention immediately if any of the side effects become severe and you have one of following symptoms:
- You have rectal bleeding or failure to have a bowel movement; allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue).
- You need to use a laxative for more than 1 week.
Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.
What drugs may interact with Surfak® (docusate)?
Surfak® may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.
Does food or alcohol interact with Surfak® (docusate)?
Surfak® may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.
What health conditions may interact with Surfak® (docusate)?
Surfak® may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Surfak® (docusate).
What is the dose of Surfak® (docusate) for an adult?
Adults and children above 12 years old: 1 softgel.
What is the dose of Surfak® (docusate) for a child?
The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
How is Surfak® (docusate) available?
Surfak® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:
- Surfak–Soflgel 240mg Docusate
What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?
In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.
What should I do if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of Surfak®, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.
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Review Date: September 10, 2017 | Last Modified: September 10, 2017