Compare Dulcolax vs. Dok-plus

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

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Treats constipation.

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.

3.8/ 5 average rating with 160 reviewsforDulcolax
Relieves occasional constipation.

Dok-plus (docusate and senna) is a good choice to help relieve constipation, but should only be used occasionally.

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.
  • This medicine is commonly used to help relieve occasional constipation.
  • Generally tolerable with few side effects.
  • There are many different formulations available over the counter, including generic.
  • Can take this medicine once a day.
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.
  • Doesn't offer immediate relief and is not meant for regular use.
  • Need to remember to separate your other medicines with Dok-plus (docusate and senna).
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Suppository
  • Pill
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Reviews
160 reviews so far
65%
saidit'sworth it
49%
saiditworked well
16%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
The Dulcolax (Bisacodyl) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Dok-plus (docusate and senna) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Bowel blockage
    • Age 60 or older
    • Malignancy
    • Other condition that causes blockage or narrowing of bowel
    • Taking medications that cause constipation
  • Laxative dependence
    • Age 60 or greater
    • Taking medications that cause constipation
    • People who can't walk or move well (immobility)
  • Risk to fetus
    • Women of childbearing age
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  • Stomach problems
  • Using mineral oil at the same time
  • Length of use
  • Use in children
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