Docusate sodium is an ingredient in medical products such as laxatives and stool softeners. The most serious docusate sodium side effects include rectal bleeding and allergic reactions. If rectal bleeding is experienced, it is typically recommended that the person seek medical attention as soon as possible. Allergic reactions often result in side effects such as dizziness and itching, and other more minor side effects like constipation. Diarrhea can also occur, which can result in dehydration, but both dehydration and constipation can usually be alleviated by drinking fluids.
Many minor docusate sodium side effects exist, as well as symptoms of the side effects directly caused by the ingredient, but some are very serious in nature. Extended and serious constipation is a signal that a person’s body is having issues with the medication. In addition, one of the most serious side effects of the medication is rectal bleeding, and it is recommended by medical professionals that people experiencing this side effect seek immediate help. If a person taking this medication experiences any other serious, long-term side effect, it is also recommended that he get in contact with a trusted medical professional.
Allergic reactions can be a concern when taking this medication. Swelling or itching, especially around the face or in the mouth, can be a sign of an allergic reaction. In addition, dizziness and skin irritations such as rashes are among the most common docusate sodium side effects caused by an allergic reaction. Life-threatening allergic reactions are unlikely with this medication, but emergency medical help should be sought if such a reaction is suspected.
Another common docusate sodium side effects is constipation, which can be accompanied by a myriad of additional side effects. Constipation is often accompanied by uncomfortable abdominal cramping and pain. Sometimes finally having a bowel movement can be extremely painful, and the situation can result in a loss of appetite. In addition, the gas and bloating associated with constipation can result in headaches, nausea, and an extremely large abdomen as if the patient overate.
Aside from constipation, diarrhea is a side effect of docusate sodium that can result in other issues. For instance, diarrhea can cause dehydration due to an unusual amount of liquids lost in bowel movements. This means that diarrhea can lead to thirst, as well as additional stomach pain and tenderness. Especially severe diarrhea should be brought to a medical professional’s attention, because it is potentially fatal, even though unlikely for an otherwise healthy adult.