bisacodyl suppository (Dulcolax, Bisacolax, Bisac-Evac, Fleet Bisacodyl, Fleet Laxative, Gentle Lax)

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GENERIC NAME: bisacodyl

BRAND NAME: Dulcolax, Bisacolax, Bisac-Evac, Fleet Bisacodyl, Fleet Laxative, Gentle Laxative, Stimulant Laxative, The Magic Bullet, Women's Laxative

DISCONTINUED BRANDS: Correctol, Doxidan, Alophen, 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:



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.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/6/2015

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