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What is bisacodyl? What is bisacodyl used for?
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.
Bisacodyl is used for for temporary relief of occasional constipation and irregularity. This product generally produces bowel movement in 6 to 12 hours
What brand names are available for bisacodyl?
Dulcolax, Correctol, Bisacolax, Bisac-Evac, Alophen, Fleet Bisacodyl, Feen-A-Mint
Is bisacodyl available as a generic drug?
Do I need a prescription for bisacodyl?
What are the side effects of bisacodyl?
Side effects of bisacodyl are
What is the dosage for bisacodyl?
- 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.
- Adults and children 12 years of age and older: Use 1 bottle (1.25 oz) as a single dose.
- Children under 12 years of age: Ask a doctor.
Which drugs or supplements interact with bisacodyl?
No significant drug interactions.
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Is bisacodyl safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
There are no adequate studies done to determine safe and effective use of bisacodyl in pregnant women.
What else should I know about bisacodyl?
What preparations of bisacodyl-oral are available?
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.
How should I keep bisacodyl-oral stored?
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).
Bisacodyl (Dulcolax) is an over-the-counter medication used to treat constipation and irregular bowel movements. Side effects, drug interactions, and dosage should be reviewed prior to taking this medication.
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