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Dulcolax

(Bisacodyl)

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  • Suppository
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Treats constipation.

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Our pharmacists’ 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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  • 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.
  • 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.

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Side effects for Dulcolax (Bisacodyl)

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These are side effects of Dulcolax (Bisacodyl) reported to the FDA by people taking it, and by doctors and pharmacists.

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What to expect when you take Dulcolax (Bisacodyl)

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Tips from our pharmacists
  • Swallow tablets whole (don't chew or crush) at bedtime, but not for more than one week.
  • Tablet works in 6 to 12 hours. Suppository works in 15 minutes to an hour, so make sure you're near a bathroom.
  • Don't take tablets within 1 hour of taking antacids, milk or dairy products.
  • Be sure to remove the wrapper from the suppository before inserting it into your rectum.
  • Ask your doctor about giving Dulcolax to anyone younger than 6 years.
  • Don't take if you have stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, or had sudden changes in your stool for more than 2 weeks.
  • Check with your baby doctor before using or if you're breast-feeding.
  • Talk to you doctor about eating certain foods and getting more exercise to help prevent your constipation.

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.

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Tips from pharmacists and people taking Dulcolax (Bisacodyl)

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  • Tips from our pharmacists
  • Talk to you doctor about eating certain foods and getting more exercise to help prevent your constipation.