A patient taking docusate asks the nurse how the medication works. The nurse knows that docusate:

Reduces stool surface tension by facilitating admixture of water and fat.

Explanation

•Docusate is a surfactant laxative, also known as a stool softener.

•Docusate facilitates admixture of fat and water in the stool to reduce surface tension.

•Docusate is not a stimulant or osmotic laxative.

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