Compare Dulcolax vs. Miralax

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
Helps get things moving.

Miralax (Polyethylene Glycol) provides effective relief of constipation without "cramping" your style.

4.0/ 5 average rating with 226 reviewsforMiralax
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.
  • Miralax is the most recommended laxative by pharmacists and doctors.
  • Most people felt it was worth the hassle.
  • It's gluten and sugar free.
  • It causes little to no cramping, bloating, gas, or feelings like you "have to go right now" compared to some other medicines to treat constipation.
  • Works differently than other over-the-counter laxatives so it's a great alternative if other medicines haven't worked.
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.
  • You have to dissolve Miralax in a beverage and drink it versus taking a pill.
  • It's not for children 16 years or younger.
  • Miralax doesn't work overnight. It can take up to 2-4 days to have a bowel movement.
  • It's not recommended that you take it for more than a week, so it you haven't had any success, you'll need to call your doctor for other laxative options.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Suppository
  • Liquid
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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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226 reviews so far
75%
saidit'sworth it
54%
saiditworked well
10%
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 Miralax (Polyethylene Glycol) 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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  • Electrolyte imbalance
    • Taking with medications that cause electrolyte imbalance
    • Age 60 or older
  • Risk to fetus
    • Women of childbearing age
  • Bowel blockage
    • Age 60 or older
    • Malignancy
    • Other condition that causes blockage or narrowing of bowel
    • Taking medications that cause constipation
See more detailed risks and warnings