Generic Name: Bisacodyl Brand Name(s): Generics only. No brands available.

Know the basics

What is bisacodyl used for?

Bisacodyl (Dulcolax®) is diphenylmethane derivative commonly used for:

  • Treatment of constipation;
  • Colon cleansing waste before and after surgery;
  • Preparation X – ray of the colon.

How should I take bisacodyl?

For orally taken form, you should:

  • Take bisacodyl by mouth as directed by your doctor concerning: dose, schedule;
  • Read the label carefully before using bisacodyl;
  • Consult your doctor for any information on the label that you do not clearly understand.

How do I store bisacodyl?

Bisacodyl is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store bisacodyl in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of bisacodyl that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush bisacodyl down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Know the precautions & warnings

What should I know before using bisacodyl?

Before using bisacodyl, tell your doctor if you have:

  • Allergic reaction to any other medicines, foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals;
  • Pediatric;
  • Geriatric;
  • Used any other health conditions, drugs that have a risk of interaction with bisacodyl.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using bisacodyl during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking bisacodyl. Bisacodyl is pregnancy risk category B, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:

  • A=No risk;
  • B=No risk in some studies;
  • C=There may be some risk;
  • D=Positive evidence of risk;
  • X=Contraindicated;
  • N=Unknown.

Know the side effects

What side effects can occur from bisacodyl?

As taking others medicines, taking bisacodyl can cause some side effects. Most of them are rarely occurring and do not need any supplementary treatment. However, it is always important for you to consult your doctor if you have any problem after taking this medicine.

Some of the side effects are listed below:

  • Abdominal discomfort, nausea, cramps, griping, and/or faintness with therapeutic doses;
  • Diarrhea, GI irritation, and fluid and electrolyte depletion;
  • Gastric irritation and the possibility of vomiting if enteric coating of tablets is disrupted;
  • Irritation and a sensation of burning of the rectal mucosa and mild proctitis;
  • Hepatotoxicity.

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Know the interactions

What drugs may interact with bisacodyl?

Bisacodyl may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval, such as:

  • Albuterol;
  • Aspirin;
  • Docusate;
  • Omeprazole;
  • Tylenol;
  • H2 receptor antagonist cimetidine;
  • Famotidine;
  • Nizatidine and ranitidine, or milk;
  • Potassium-sparing diuretics;
  • Potassium supplements.

Does food or alcohol interact with bisacodyl?

Bisacodyl may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with bisacodyl?

Bisacodyl may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have, such as:

  • Abdominal surgery;
  • Intestinal obstruction;
  • Appendicitis;
  • Rectal bleeding;
  • Inflammation of the stomach – intestines.

Understand the dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using bisacodyl.

What is the dose of bisacodyl for an adult?

Consult your doctor for information about the dose of bisacodyl hydrochloride. Recommended doses in some cases are listed below:

Treatment of constipation:

  • 1 or 2 tablets 5 or 10 mg taken orally in the evening;
  • 1 tablet 10 mg put in Rectal in the morning. The maximum dose is 3 or 4 tablets of 5 mg.

Using as alternative distribution enema:

  • 2 tablets x5 mg in the evening, then 1 tablet 10 mg in the rectum in the morning.

Used for preparing X-ray of the colon:

  • 2 tablets used every night, 5 mg for 2 consecutive at night, before taking the projector.

What is the dose of bisacodyl for a child?

Consult your doctor for information about the dose of bisacodyl hydrochloride. Recommended doses in some cases are listed below:

Treatment of constipation:

  • Children over 10 years: 1 or 2 tablets (5 or 10 mg) in the evening drink, or 1 tablet put in the rectum in the morning. The maximum dose is possibly up to 3 or 4 tablets of 5 mg in some cases.
  • Children under 10 years: 1 tablet 5 mg in the evening or 1 rectal bullet 5 mg in the morning.
  • Children under 6 years of age: do not take, so must be swallowed whole. Use tablet put in rectum must be specified by a physician.

Using alternative distribution enema:

  • Children over 10 years: 2 tablets 5 mg in the evening, then 1 tablet 10 mg put in the rectum in the morning.
  • Children under 10 years: 1 tablet 5 mg in the evening, then 1 tablet 5 mg put in the rectum in the morning.

Used for preparing X-ray of the colon:

  • Children over 10 years: 2 tablets used every night, 5 mg for 2 consecutive at night, before taking the projector.
  • Children under 10 years: 1 tablet used each night, 2 night in a row, before imaging.

How is bisacodyl available?

Bisacodyl is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Tablets dissolve in the intestine: 5 mg;
  • Rectal rounds: 5 mg, 10 mg;
  • Suspension: 10 mg in 30 ml.

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services (115) or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of bisacodyl, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Review Date: January 4, 2017 | Last Modified: January 4, 2017

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