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How does it work?

This medicine has two active ingredients. Dantron (previously spelt danthron in the UK) is a mild peristaltic stimulant which acts on the lower bowel to encourage normal bowel movement without causing irritation. Docusate sodium is a softening agent which keeps the stools soft. Dantron acts on nerve endings in the gut wall, which, in turn cause the muscles in the gut to contract. This medicine is used in the elderely and for analgesic-induced constipation. It is also used to treat constipation in heart failure and coronary thrombosis where defaecation should be strain-free. This medicine is taken by mouth and takes 6 to 12 hours to work.

What is it used for?

  • Constipation in certain individuals
  • Warning!

  • Avoid prolonged use.
  • Use with caution in

  • Incontinence
  • Not to be used in

  • Blockage of the gut (intestinal obstruction)
  • Known sensitivity or allergy to any ingredient
  • This medicine should not be used if you are allergic to one or any of its ingredients. Please inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have previously experienced such an allergy. If you feel you have experienced an allergic reaction, stop using this medicine and inform your doctor or pharmacist immediately.

    Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

    Certain medicines should not be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding. However, other medicines may be safely used in pregnancy or breastfeeding providing the benefits to the mother outweigh the risks to the unborn baby. Always inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, before using any medicine.

  • This medicine should not be used in pregnancy. Seek medical advice from your doctor.
  • Significant amounts of this medicine may pass into breast milk. It should not be used by breastfeeding mothers. Discuss this with your doctor.
  • Label warnings

  • This medication may cause your urine to be coloured.

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