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Bisacodyl

Drug Class: Commonly Known As: Category:
Stimulant laxative Dulcolax

Bisacodyl - What is it for

​Bisacodyl is used to treat constipation. It is available in both tablets and suppositories forms.

It may also be used to empty the colon before an X-ray examination of the abdomen (including stomach and intestines) or endoscopy (where a camera is used to examine the digestive tract) and before surgery.

  • Tablets may take up to 12 hours to work.
  • Suppositories usually work within 15 minutes to an hour.

Bisacodyl - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Bisacodyl cause?

  • ​Common side effects of bisacodyl include cramps, nausea and vomiting.
  • For suppository: Bisacodyl suppository may cause some irritation to the anus.

Consult your healthcare professional if the symptoms do not go away or become bothersome.

Consult your healthcare professional if you have sudden severe stomach pain, bleeding from the anus or blood in your stool or vomit.

The symptoms of a drug allergy include one or more of the following:

  • Swollen face/eyes/lips/tongue
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Itchy skin rashes over your whole body

If you experience any of these symptoms, you should stop your medication and see your healthcare professional immediately.

Before taking Bisacodyl, what precautions must I follow?

​Inform your healthcare professional if:

  • You are allergic to this medication or any of the other ingredients of this medication
  • You are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding
  • You are taking any other medications, including supplements, traditional medications and herbal remedies.
  • You are on a galactose or lactose free diet. This preparation contains both lactose and galactose.
  • You have or had history of bowel obstruction (blockage in the small or large intestine)

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Bisacodyl?

​Bisacodyl can generally be taken with most other food or medicines. Space apart antacid, milk and dairy products by at least one hour if you are using bisacodyl tablets.

Inform your healthcare professional if you are taking or intend to take any other medication, supplements, traditional medications or herbal remedies.

Bisacodyl - Dosage and How to Use

How should Bisacodyl be used?

  • ​For tablet: Take your medication as instructed by your healthcare professional. Do not chew or crush the tablet and swallow it whole. Do not take within one hour after taking an antacid, milk or any dairy products.
  • For suppository: Use your medication as instructed by your healthcare professional. It should only be inserted into the anus.

This medication should only be used for a short period of time. Check with your healthcare professional if your constipation does not go away.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

​If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. Skip the dose if it is too near to your next dose. Then take your next dose at the usual time. Do not take two doses to make up for the missed dose.

What should I do if I overdose?

Bisacodyl - Handling and Storage

How should I handle Bisacodyl safely?

How should I store Bisacodyl?

Keep away from children;#Keep in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight;#Store in the refrigerator. Do not freeze.;#

How should I dispose of Bisacodyl safely?

​Pack this medication into a black trash bag and seal it tightly before throwing into the rubbish chute or bin.

Bisacodyl - Additional Information

  • Updated on Monday, September 30, 2019
  • Article contributed by PSS National Medication Information Workgroup

    The information provided is not intended as medical advice. Terms of use. Information provided by SingHealth

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