The FDA warns that liquid docusate sodium laxatives should not be used for any purpose due to the risk of infection with B. cepacia, an antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
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What is Docusate Sodium?
Docusate sodium is a laxative medication that softens stools by increasing water in the intestines. It is often used by hospitalized patients who are have had surgery or a heart attack. It also treats occasional constipation in patients with chronic diseases.
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B. Cepacia Infection Outbreak
At least 60 people in 8 states were infected with B. cepacia after being given docusate sodium. Most of the victims were patients on ventilators in intensive care units, according to an outbreak investigation by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
What is B. Cepacia?
Burkholderia cepacia, also known as “B. cepacia complex,” is a bacteria that is commonly found in soil and water. Infections are rare, but they have a 42% mortality-rate. B. cepacia is naturally antibiotic-resistant and can gain resistance.
Who Is Most At Risk?
Hospitalized patients are most at risk, especially those who require mechanical ventilation or frequently use catheters. B. cepacia rarely infects healthy adults.
Recommendation for Patients
Both the FDA and CDC warn against using any oral liquid docusate sodium product for any purpose due to the risk of infection. There is no evidence that oral tablets or enemas are affected. According to the FDA:
“Using these products in a patient whose immune system is compromised could result in infections, which may be life-threatening.”
Symptoms of Infection
The symptoms of B. cepacia infection vary widely. Some patients have no symptoms, while other develop severe illness known as “cepacia syndrome.” Patients with cystic fibrosis often develop a lung infection, which can cause fever, cough, congestion, shortness of breath, or wheezing.
List of Docusate Sodium Products
- Colace Micro-Enema
- Correctol Softgel Extra Gentle
- Docu Soft
- Docusoft S
- Dulcolax – Stool Softener (not to be confused with another drug marketed under the Dulcolax brand, bisacodyl, which is a stimulant laxative)
- Ex-Lax Stool Softener
- Fleet Sof-Lax
- Modane Soft
- Preferred Plus Pharmacy Stool Softener
- Regulax SS
- Sulfalax Calcium
- Surfak Stool Softener
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