Usual solid dosage form
Available as a liquid
No (generic docusate oral solution available)
Available as a licensed liquid formulation?
Yes - oral solution (generic docusate)
12.5mg/5mL, 50mg/5mL (both generic docusate)
Liquid sugar free or not
Yes. Safe for people with diabetes
Additional information for Healthcare Professionals+
Dissolve directly in mouth
Available as soluble tablets
Available as an unlicensed special liquid formulation?
Licensed for administration via enteral tube
Advice on administration via enteral tube
Current resources suggest that it is likely to be safe to administer docusate solution via enteral feeding tubes. Stop the enteral feed before administration. Draw up the required dose into an enteral syringe and administer via enteral feeding tube. Flush the feeding tube with water before and after administration of the medication. No break in feeding is required after the medication has been administered.
Available as other formulations?
No (docusate enema available)
Liquid formulations of docusate contain sorbitol which may can gastrointestinal side effects.
Safe or appropriate to crush
Licensed alternative formulations available and therefore crushing is not recommended.