Docusate Other names: Docusate sodium

Chemical formula: C₂₀H₃₇NaO₇S  Molecular mass: 422.577 g/mol 

Active ingredient description

Docusate is an anionic wetting agent, which acts as a faecal softener by lowering the surface tension and allowing penetration of accumulated hard dry faeces by water and salts. Docusate sodium also possesses stimulant activity.

Medicine classification

This medicinal substance has been classified in the anatomical therapeutic chemical (ATC) classification according to its main therapeutic use as follows:

ATC code Group title Classification
A06AA02 Docusate sodium A Alimentary tract and metabolism → A06 Laxatives → A06A Laxatives → A06AA Softeners, emollients
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Product monographs

Competent medicine agencies globally have authorized commercialization of this active ingredient according to these medication package inserts (MPIs):

Title Information Source Document Type  
WAXSOL Ear drops Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (GB) MPI, EU: SmPC
DULCOEASE Capsule, soft Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (GB) MPI, EU: SmPC

Structural formula

Graphic representation of the active ingredient's molecular structure

External identifiers

CAS Substance: 577-11-7
DrugBank Drug: DB11089
KEGG Drug: D00305
RxNorm Ingredient: 71722
SNOMED-CT Concept: 387088007
Docusate sodium (substance)
UNII Identifier: M7P27195AG


Docusate is an active ingredient of these brands:

Australia (AU)

Austria (AT)

  • (combination) YAL as DOCUSATE SODIUM

Brazil (BR)

Canada (CA)

Finland (FI)

  • (combination) KLYX as DOCUSATE SODIUM

France (FR)

Hong Kong (HK)

Ireland (IE)

Malta (MT)

Mexico (MX)


  • (combination) LAXOYA as DOCUSATE SODIUM

Netherlands (NL)


  • (combination) KLYX as DOCUSATE SODIUM

New Zealand (NZ)

Poland (PL)

South Africa (ZA)

Tunisia (TN)

United Kingdom (UK)

Note the following: The list of brand names is continuously updated, and thus does not include the total of products circulating worldwide.

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