Generic Name: bisacodyl, Oral tablet

Alophen,Bisac-Evac ,Corrective Laxative for Women,Correctol,Dacodyl,Doxidan,Dulcolax,Ex-Lax Ultra,Feen-A-Mint ,Fematrol ,Femilax,Fleet,Reliable Gentle Laxative,Veracolate

All Brands

  • Alophen
  • Bisac-Evac
  • Corrective Laxative for Women
  • Correctol
  • Dacodyl
  • Doxidan
  • Dulcolax
  • Ex-Lax Ultra
  • Feen-A-Mint
  • Fematrol
  • Femilax
  • Fleet
  • Reliable Gentle Laxative
  • Veracolate
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Highlights for bisacodyl

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BISACODYL (bis a KOE dill) is a laxative. This medicine is used to relieve constipation. It may also be used to empty and prepare the bowel for surgery or examination.
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This drug also comes in other forms, including Rectal Suppository
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Talk to your healthcare provider if you have any of these conditions.
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Know what to watch for and get tips for reducing your risks while taking this drug.
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bisacodyl Side Effects

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Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • diarrhea
  • muscle weakness
  • nausea, vomiting
  • unusual weight loss

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • bloating
  • discolored urine
  • lower stomach discomfort or cramps
  • rectal itching, burning, or swelling
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bisacodyl May Interact with Other Medications

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  • antacids
  • h2-blockers like cimetidine, famotidine, nizatidine, and ranitidine
  • proton pump inhibitors like esomeprazole, omeprazole, pantoprazole, and rabeprazole
Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide you with the most relevant and current information. However, because drugs interact differently in each person, we cannot guarantee that this information includes all possible interactions. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Always speak with your healthcare provider about possible interactions with all prescription drugs, vitamins, herbs and supplements, and over-the-counter drugs that you are taking.
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How to Use bisacodyl

Oral tablet

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Swallow the tablets whole. Do not crush or chew. Do not take this medicine more often than directed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this medicine may be used in children as young as 6 years for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions

  • appendicitis
  • persistent constipation
  • stomach pain or blockage
  • ulcerative colitis or other bowel disease
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to bisacodyl, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
What if I miss a dose?

This does not apply. This medicine is not for regular use, and should only be used as needed.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Do not use this medicine for longer than directed by your doctor or health care professional. This medicine can be habit-forming. Long-term use can make your body depend on the laxative for regular bowel movements, damage the bowel, cause malnutrition, and problems with the amounts of water and salts in your body. If your constipation keeps returning, check with your doctor or health care professional.

Do not take this medicine within 1 hour of taking antacids or eating dairy products like milk or yogurt. These items can destroy the protective coating on the tablets and increase stomach upset and cramps.

If you do not have a bowel movement within 12 hours after using this medicine or you experience rectal bleeding, contact your doctor or health care professional. These may be signs of a more serious condition.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature below 25 degrees C (77 degrees F). Protect from moisture. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

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