Over-the-counterLower-cost generic availableClass: Gastrointestinal

Dulcolax

(bisacodyl)

Over-the-counterLower-cost generic availableClass: Gastrointestinal
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Treats constipation.

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Our bottom line

Dulcolax (Bisacodyl) works fast and the suppositories work even faster to relieve your constipation, as long as you're okay with it "cramping" your style a bit.

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Upsides

  • Most people said it was worth taking and it wasn't too much of a hassle.
  • Tablets give overnight relief of your constipation.
  • Dulcolax can also be used to treat constipation caused by spinal cord injury.
  • Suppositories give you quick relief without having to drink a large amount of liquid medicine.
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Downsides

  • Dulcolax can cause cramping, stomach upset, feeling faint, and the feeling that you "have to go right now".
  • You have to be comfortable with putting the medicine in your rectum.
  • Suppositories can cause slight rectal burning.
How it works

Dulcolax (Bisacodyl) is a stimulant laxative that you can take by mouth or in a suppository. It causes waves of contractions (peristalsis) in your intestine muscles to push stool through. It also makes stool more watery.

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Side effect rates for Dulcolax (bisacodyl)

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Risks and Warnings for Dulcolax (bisacodyl)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Age 60 or older
    • Malignancy
    • Other condition that causes blockage or narrowing of bowel
    • Taking medications that cause constipation

    Stop taking Dulcolax (Bisacodyl) and call your doctor right away if you have nausea, vomiting, pain or bulging in your belly that doesn't go away, have rectal bleeding, and no bowel movement after taking. These may be symptoms of a bowel blockage (bowel obstruction) which is serious.

Common concerns from people taking Dulcolax (bisacodyl)

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Pregnancy
Food
  • Talk to you doctor about eating certain foods and getting more exercise to help prevent your constipation.
Pain
  • Don't take if you have stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, or had sudden changes in your stool for more than 2 weeks.