Compare Dulcolax vs. Senna-S

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

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Dulcolax (Bisacodyl)

Over-the-counter
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 and softens things up.

Senna and docusate join forces to create Senna-S (Docusate / Senna), a vegetable-based laxative that gently relieves constipation.

3.3/ 5 average rating with 95 reviewsforSenna-S
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.
  • The combination of a laxative and stool softener might work better for people with constipation caused by medicines.
  • The laxative in Docusate/Senna was used over 3,500 years ago, so it's been around for a while.
  • Docusate/Senna is clinically proven to relieve constipation from a variety of causes.
  • One of the few laxative/stool-softener combinations that can be given to children 2 and older.
  • It may not work for everyone, but people felt it was worth the hassle.
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.
  • Most people felt that it's not the most effective laxative out there, but they could deal with the hassle and it worked pretty well.
  • Docusate/Senna can cause cramping or the feeling that you "have to go right now".
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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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95 reviews so far
39%
saidit'sworth it
29%
saiditworked well
22%
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 Senna-S (Docusate / 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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  • 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 older
    • Taking medications that cause constipation
    • People who can't walk or move well (immobility)
  • Risk to fetus
    • Women of childbearing age
  • Allergic reactions
    • Allergy or sensitivity to aloe (cross-allergic reaction)
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