Biscolax

(bisacodyl)

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Biscolax (bisacodyl) works fast to relieve your constipation, but it can cause cramping and you may "have to go right away."

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Quick facts about Biscolax
  • Drug class: Gastrointestinal
  • Rx status:
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (bisacodyl)

Upsides

  • Biscolax (bisacodyl) works very quickly to improve constipation, without having to take anything by mouth.
  • Most people who use Biscolax (bisacodyl) don't have side effects.
  • It’s available over-the-counter and as a generic.
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Downsides

  • You have to be comfortable putting Biscolax (bisacodyl) in your rectum.
  • Biscolax (bisacodyl) can make you "have to go right away", so you should be near a bathroom after taking Biscolax (bisacodyl).
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How it works

Biscolax (bisacodyl) is a stimulant laxative that causes the muscles in your intestine to tighten and push stool through. It also makes stool more watery and easier to pass.

Quick facts about Biscolax
  • Drug class: Gastrointestinal
  • Rx status:
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (bisacodyl)

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Dosage forms

  • Suppository
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What to expect when you take Biscolax (bisacodyl) for Constipation

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  • Possible side effects
  • Upset stomach
  • Feeling faint
  • Stomach cramping
  • Rectal burning
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Diarrhea
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Side effect rates for Biscolax (bisacodyl)

Risks and Warnings for Biscolax (bisacodyl)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Age 60 or older
    • Malignancy
    • Taking medicines that cause constipation

    If you have nausea, vomiting, pain or bulging in your belly that doesn't go away, rectal bleeding, and no bowel movement after taking Biscolax (bisacodyl), stop using this medication and talk to your doctor or go to the emergency room right away. These may be symptoms of a bowel blockage or obstruction, which is serious.

Common concerns from people taking Biscolax (bisacodyl)

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  • If you have nausea, vomiting, pain or bulging in your belly that doesn't go away, rectal bleeding, and no bowel movement after taking Biscolax (bisacodyl), stop using this medication and talk to your doctor or go to the emergency room right away. These may be symptoms of a bowel blockage or obstruction, which is serious.
  • If you have belly pain, burning in your rectum, bleeding from your rectum, or you don't have a bowel movement after using Biscolax (bisacodyl), talk to your doctor right away.