GENERIC NAME: bisacodyl
BRAND NAME: Dulcolax, Correctol, Bisacolax, Bisac-Evac, Alophen, Fleet Bisacodyl, Feen-A-Mint
DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Bisacodyl is a stimulant laxative. It stimulates the muscles in the wall of the small intestine and colon to generate a bowel movement. It also alters water and electrolyte levels in intestines, increasing the level of fluids which also produce a laxative-like effect.
PRESCRIBED FOR: Bisacodyl is used for the temporary relief of occasional constipation and irregular bowel movements.
SIDE EFFECTS: Side effects of bisacodyl are
- abdominal cramping,
- rectal burning, and
- fluid and electrolyte imbalance.
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
PREPARATIONS: Bisacodyl is available as 5 mg enteric-coated oral tablets, a 10 mg rectal suppository, and an enema containing 10 mg of bisacodyl per 1.25 ounce of enema.
STORAGE: Bisacodyl tablets should be stored between 20 C to 25 C (68 F to 77 F) and protected from humidity. Suppositories and enemas require storage below 30 C (86 F).
- Adults and children 12 years of age and older: Take 1 to 3 tablets (5 - 15 mg) by mouth as a single daily dose, with a glass of water.
- Children of ages 6 to under 12 years: Take 1 tablet by mouth as a single daily dose, with a glass of water.
- Children under 6 years of age: Ask a doctor.
- Adults and children 12 years of age and older: Unwrap and insert 1 suppository into rectum daily as a single dose. Retain for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Children of ages 6 to under 12 years: Unwrap and insert ½ suppository into rectum daily as a single dose.
- Children under 2 years of age: Ask a doctor.
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