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- What are the side effects of bisacodyl-rectal suppository?
- What is the dosage for bisacodyl-rectal suppository?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with bisacodyl-rectal suppository?
- Is bisacodyl-rectal suppository safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about bisacodyl-rectal suppository?
What is bisacodyl-rectal suppository, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
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.
What brand names are available for bisacodyl-rectal suppository?
Is bisacodyl-rectal suppository available as a generic drug?
Do I need a prescription for bisacodyl-rectal suppository?
What are the side effects of bisacodyl-rectal suppository?
Side effects of bisacodyl are:
What is the dosage for bisacodyl-rectal suppository?
- 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-rectal suppository?
No significant drug interactions.
Is bisacodyl-rectal suppository 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-rectal suppository?
What preparations of bisacodyl-rectal suppository are available?
Bisacodyl is available 10 mg rectal suppository and an enema containing 10 mg of bisacodyl per 30 ml of enema.
How should I keep bisacodyl-rectal suppository stored?
Bisacodyl suppositories and enemas require storage below 30 C (86 F).
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Bisacodyl rectal suppository (Dulcolax, Biscolax, Bisac-Evac, Fleet Bisacodyl Enema, Fleet Stimulant Laxative) is a medication used to treat constipation. Side effects, drug interactions, dosage, and pregnancy information should be reviewed prior to taking this medication.
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