docusate

(redirected from Surfak)
Also found in: Dictionary.
Related to Surfak: Dialose, docusate calcium

docusate

 [dok´u-sāt]
any of a group of anionic surfactants widely used as emulsifying, wetting, and dispersing agents.
docusate calcium an ionic surfactant used as a stool softener.
docusate potassium an anionic surfactant used as a stool softener; administered orally.
docusate sodium an ionic surfactant used as a stool softener.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

docusate

(dŏk′yə-sāt′)
n.
A surface-active agent, C20H37O7S, given orally in the form of its sodium salt, that decreases surface tension in the intestinal tract and acts as a stool softener.
The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2007, 2004 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
References in periodicals archive ?
A first treatment might be Metamucil alone or in combination with a stool softener such as Colace or Surfak. If these do not work, Milk of Magnesia, Dulcolax or several other agents may be prescribed.
* STOOL SOFTENERS (like Colace, Dialose, and Surfak) keep the stool moist and prevent dehydration.
Intermittent nausea was controlled with haloperidol 0.5-1.0 mg po q 6 h prn and obstipation required sorbitol 70% 60 ml q HS and Surfak 240 mg TID.
Fleet 3.5% Correctol Schering-Plough 3.0% Citrucel GlaxoSmithKline 3.0% Surfak Pharmacia 2.0% Fiber Choice CNS 1.5% Dollar sales Unit sales Brand (add 000) (add 000) Dulcolax $28,838 3,782 Metamucil 15,783 1,863 Ex-Lax 15,199 2,216 COlace 12,896 866 Fibercon 9,681 790 Fleet 8,364 2,120 Correctol 7,252 1,322 Citrucel 7,152 466 Surfak 4,799 454 Fiber Choice 3,587 367 * Private label brands account for 42.1% of dollar sales and 45% of unit sales.