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Bisacodyl

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
    John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

    John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

    John P. Cunha, DO, is a U.S. board-certified Emergency Medicine Physician. Dr. Cunha's educational background includes a BS in Biology from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and a DO from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, MO. He completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey.

Brand Name: Dulcolax, Correctol, BisacEvac, Bisacolax, Codulax, Alophen, Feen A Mint, Fleet Stimulant Laxative, Laxit, Modane, Dulcolax for Women

Generic Name: Bisacodyl

Drug Class: Laxatives, Stimulant

What Is Bisacodyl and How Does It Work?

Bisacodyl is an over-the-counter medication used to treat constipation. Bisacodyl is known as a stimulant laxative. It works by increasing the movement of the intestines, helping the stool to come out.

Bisacodyl is available under the following different brand names: Dulcolax, Correctol, BisacEvac, Bisacolax, Codulax, Alophen, Feen A Mint, Fleet Stimulant Laxative, Laxit, Modane, and Dulcolax for Women.

Dosages of Bisacodyl:

Dosage Forms and Strengths

Tablets

Dosage Considerations – Should be Given as Follows:

Pneumonia or Empyema

  • Adult: 5-15 mg orally once daily; if complete evacuation required, 30 mg orally once daily
  • Children over 12 years: 5-15 mg orally at bedtime
  • Children 6-12 years: 5 mg or 0.3 mg/kg orally at bedtime or before breakfast
  • Children under 6 years: oral administration not recommended, because of requirement to swallow tablets

What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Bisacodyl?

Common side effects of bisacodyl include:

Serious side effects of bisacodyl include:

  • Persistent nausea/vomiting/diarrhea
  • Muscle cramps/weakness
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Decreased urination
  • Mental/mood changes (such as confusion)

This document does not contain all possible side effects and others may occur. Check with your physician for additional information about side effects.

What Other Drugs Interact with Bisacodyl?

If your doctor has directed you to use this medication, your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor, health care provider or pharmacist first.

Bisacodyl has no known severe interactions with other drugs.

Serious interactions of bisacodyl include:

Moderate interactions of bisacodyl include:

Mild interactions of bisacodyl include:

This information does not contain all possible interactions or adverse effects. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share this information with your doctor and pharmacist. Check with your health care professional or doctor for additional medical advice, or if you have health questions, concerns or for more information about this medicine.

What Are Warnings and Precautions for Bisacodyl?

Warnings

This medication contains bisacodyl. Do not take Dulcolax, Correctol, BisacEvac, Bisacolax, Codulax, Alophen, Feen A Mint, Fleet Stimulant Laxative, Laxit, Modane, or Dulcolax for Women if you are allergic to bisacodyl or any ingredients contained in this drug.

This medication contains bisacodyl. Do not take BACiiM if you are allergic to bisacodyl or any ingredients contained in this drug.

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center immediately.

Contraindications

Effects of Drug Abuse

  • Avoid chronic use; may cause laxative dependence

Short-Term Effects

  • See "What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Bisacodyl?"

Long-Term Effects

  • Avoid chronic use; may cause laxative dependence
  • See "What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Bisacodyl?"

Cautions

  • Avoid chronic use; may cause laxative dependence.
  • Avoid using in patients with gastroenteritis.
  • Do not chew tablet; swallow whole.
  • Not for use within 1 hour of taking antacid or milk.
  • Not recommended for children under 6 years because of requirement to swallow tablets.
  • Not to be used for more than 1 week.

Pregnancy and Lactation

  • Use bisacodyl with caution during pregnancy if benefits outweigh risks. Animal studies show risk and human studies are not available or neither animal nor human studies were done.
  • Bisacodyl has not been detected in excreted milk; use with caution if breastfeeding.
Reviewed on 8/14/2017

Medscape. Bisacodyl.
https://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-12263/bisacodyl-oral/details
WebMD. Dulcolax Oral.
https://reference.medscape.com/drug/dulcolax-correctol-bisacodyl-342008

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