Last update: Sept. 19, 2016

Docusate Potassium

Very Low Risk for breastfeeding


Safe. Compatible.
Not risky for breastfeeding or infant.

Anionic surfactant that acts as an emollient laxative. It is also used to treat the retention of ear cerumen.

It is minimally absorbed in the duodenum-jejunum and excreted in the bile.

No problems have been observed in infants whose mothers were treated, except one case of diarrhea that was possibly due to other laxative medication took by the mother (Greenhalf 1973).

The Institute at the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) consideres it to be compatible while breastfeeding (Mahadevan 2006).

Alternatives

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Other names

Docusate Potassium is also known as Docusate. Here it is a list of alternative known names::


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Tradenames

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Pharmacokinetics

Variable Value Unit
Oral Bioavail. Baja - Poor %
Molecular weight 444 daltons

References

  1. Gharehbaghi K, Gharehbaghi DR, Wierrani F, Sliutz G. [Treatment of Chronic Functional Constipation during Pregnancy and Lactation]. Z Geburtshilfe Neonatol. 2016 Abstract
  2. Mahadevan U, Kane S. American gastroenterological association institute medical position statement on the use of gastrointestinal medications in pregnancy. Gastroenterology. 2006 Abstract
  3. Mahadevan U, Kane S. American gastroenterological association institute technical review on the use of gastrointestinal medications in pregnancy. Gastroenterology. 2006 Jul;131(1):283-311. Review. Abstract Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  4. Nice FJ, Snyder JL, Kotansky BC. Breastfeeding and over-the-counter medications. J Hum Lact. 2000 Nov;16(4):319-31. Review. Erratum in: J Hum Lact 2001 Feb;17(1):90. Abstract
  5. Gattuso JM, Kamm MA. Adverse effects of drugs used in the management of constipation and diarrhoea. Drug Saf. 1994 Abstract
  6. Greenhalf JO, Leonard HS. Laxatives in the treatment of constipation in pregnant and breast-feeding mothers. Practitioner. 1973 Abstract

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