Dulcolax Side Effects Center

Last updated on RxList: 11/18/2021
Dulcolax Side Effects Center

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

What Is Dulcolax?

Dulcolax (bisacodyl) is a stimulant laxative indicated for relief of occasional constipation, and for use under medical supervision, for the preparation of diagnostic procedures, in pre- and postoperative treatment, and in conditions which require defecation to be facilitated. Dulcolax is available over-the-counter (OTC) without a prescription.

What Are Side Effects of Dulcolax?

Side effects of Dulcolax include:

  • abdominal pain and
  • diarrhea

Dosage for Dulcolax

The dosage of Dulcolax for constipation in adults and children over 12 years is one to two coated tablets (5 -10 mg) daily, orally, or one adult suppository (10 mg) daily, rectally. The dosage of Dulcolax for constipation in children 6-12 years is one coated tablet (5 mg) given daily, orally.

The adult dosage of Dulcolax for diagnostic procedures or pre-operatively to achieve complete evacuation of the intestine is two to four coated tablets (10 - 20 mg), orally the night before the procedure, followed by one suppository (10 mg), in the morning of the procedure.

Dulcolax In Children

Children should not be given Dulcolax without medical advice.

What Drugs, Substances, or Supplements Interact with Dulcolax?

Dulcolax may interact with other medicines such as:

  • diuretics,
  • corticosteroids,
  • products that reduce the acidity of the upper gastrointestinal tract, such as milk, antacids, or proton pump inhibitors, and
  • other laxatives

Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use.

Dulcolax During Pregnancy or Breastfeeding

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant before using Dulcolax; it is unknown how it could affect a fetus. Dulcolax does not pass into breast milk and is considered safe for use while breastfeeding.

Additional Information

Our Dulcolax (bisacodyl) Tablets and Suppositories Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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SIDE EFFECTS

The most commonly reported adverse reactions during treatment are abdominal pain and diarrhea.

Immune System Disorders

Hypersensitivity, anaphylactic reactions, angioedema.

Metabolism And Nutrition Disorders

Dehydration

Nervous System Disorders

Dizziness, syncope.

Dizziness and syncope occurring after taking bisacodyl appear to be consistent with a vasovagal response (e.g., to abdominal spasm, defecation).

Gastrointestinal Disorders

Abdominal cramps, abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, haematochezia (blood in stool), vomiting, abdominal discomfort, anorectal discomfort, colitis (including ischaemic colitis and necrotizing colitis).2

The concomitant use of diuretics or adreno-corticosteroids may increase the risk of electrolyte imbalance if excessive doses of DULCOLAX are taken.

Electrolyte imbalance may lead to increased sensitivity to cardiac glycosides.

DULCOLAX tablets have an enteric coating and should not be taken together with products reducing the acidity of the upper gastrointestinal tract, such as milk, antacids or proton pump inhibitors, in order not to prematurely dissolve the enteric coating.

The concomitant use of other laxatives may enhance the gastrointestinal side effects of DULCOLAX.2

DRUG INTERACTIONS

No Information provided

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Dulcolax (Bisacodyl Suppositories)

QUESTION

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© Dulcolax Patient Information is supplied by Cerner Multum, Inc. and Dulcolax Consumer information is supplied by First Databank, Inc., used under license and subject to their respective copyrights.

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