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Dulcolax (Bisacodyl) is a medication used to treat constipation (difficulty pooing), which can be prescribed by a doctor or purchased over the counter without a prescription. It is an effective and well-tolerated treatment option for people suffering from constipation.
Bisacodyl is known as a stimulant laxative. It works by increasing the movement of the intestines, helping the stool to come out. It works by stimulating the muscles of the large intestine, which helps to move stools along more quickly. It also increases fluid in the intestines, which helps soften stools and make them easier to pass.
Bisacodyl is a non-prescription drug used to treat constipation, discomfort in the digestive tract, and other issues related to bowel movements. It may also be used to clean out the intestines before a bowel examination/surgery.
Uses and Dosage
Bisacodyl medication is taken whole and not crushed, chewed, or broken. Taking it within one hour of antacids, milk, or milk products can disrupt the coating on the tablet, potentially leading to an increased risk of abdominal discomfort and nausea. Therefore, it is imperative to adhere to the instructions of your physician or pharmacist when taking this medication.
The dosage of Bisacodyl should not be increased or taken more frequently than instructed. It is possible that the effects of Bisacodyl may take 6 to 12 hours to manifest. Furthermore, this medication should not be taken for more than 7 days unless otherwise recommended by a healthcare professional.
It should be tailored to the individual, considering age, medical condition, and treatment response.
- Adult: 5-15 mg orally once daily; if complete evacuation required, 30 mg orally once daily
- Children over 12 years: 5-15 mg orally at bedtime
- Children 6-12 years: 5 mg or 0.3 mg/kg orally at bedtime or before breakfast
- Children under 6 years: oral administration is not recommended, because of the requirement to swallow tablets
Some Common Side Effects of Bisacodyl Include:
- Abdominal cramping
- Electrolyte and fluid imbalance
- Excessive diarrhea
- Rectal burning
- Spinning sensation (vertigo)
- Stomach/abdominal pain
Serious Side Effects of Bisacodyl Include:
- Persistent nausea/vomiting/diarrhea
- Muscle cramps/weakness
- Irregular heartbeat
- Decreased urination
- Mental/mood changes (such as confusion)
Form and strength
Only Bisacodyl is available in the following form and strength:
Bisacodyl - non-Rx Tablet
- 5 mg
- You should avoid taking Bisacodyl for chronic use; it may cause laxative dependence. It should not be used for more than 1 week.
- Prior to taking Bisacodyl, it is essential to inform your physician or pharmacist of any allergies, including allergies to this medication or any of its inactive ingredients, as this product may lead to allergic reactions or other adverse effects.
- Before taking this medication, be sure to inform your physician or pharmacist of your medical history, specifically any history of appendicitis or symptoms of appendicitis (such as nausea/vomiting, sudden or unexplained stomach/abdominal pain), a sudden change in bowel habits that extends beyond two weeks, rectal bleeding, or intestinal blockage.
- Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).
- Prior to using Bisacodyl medication, it is imperative to notify your medical practitioner if you are pregnant. Extended use of this medication during pregnancy is not recommended. Additionally, it is unknown if this medication passes into breast milk, and thus it is advised to consult with your doctor before breastfeeding.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What should I avoid before or after using Dulcolax?
You should avoid using other medications within 2 hours before or 2 hours after using Dulcolax. In addition, drinking milk or taking an antacid within 1 hour before you take Dulcolax by mouth is unsafe.
Where should I keep my medication?
You must keep medications out of children's reach and stored at room temperature below 25 degrees C (77 degrees F) to protect from moisture. Any unused medication should be disposed of after the expiration date.
When is the best time to take Dulcolax?
We recommend taking the dose 30 to 60 minutes before your normal bedtime to produce a bowel movement the next morning.
It's important to purchase Dulcolax from verified Canadian pharmacy.