Directly go to the content
Dulcolax

Dulcolax

Dulcolax is the brand name of a laxative drug used to treat constipation. The active ingredient in this medication is bisacodyl, which may also be available in its generic form. Dulcolax is a “stimulant” laxative, i.e. a medication which works to increase the tremors and motions in the villi – tiny finger-like tissues within the intestinal wall which improve the motion of substances within the intestine, including food and faecal matter. If you are unable pass stools because of a blockage in your gut or problems caused by a lack of moisture in your bowels, Dulcolax constipation medication may be able to help move things along. While it is available over the counter without a prescription, it is usually a good idea to speak to a doctor about issues of constipation, particularly if they are ongoing. Constipation may be a sign of underlying conditions. Constipation is a common medical problem that can become more dangerous over time. When issues of constipation begin to cause significant medical problems, such as discomfort, pain or risk of a blockage, laxatives can be used to clean out the intestines. Bisacodyl is one of many forms of laxative available today, and Dulcolax is the common branded version of bisacodyl, and is currently available over the counter. It is always important to speak to your doctor about long-lasting issues of constipation, which may be a sign of an underlying health concern.

Constipation is a common medical problem that can become more dangerous over time. When issues of constipation begin to cause significant medical problems, such as discomfort, pain or risk of a blockage, laxatives can be used to clean out the intestines. Bisacodyl is one of many forms of laxative available today, and Dulcolax is the common branded version of bisacodyl, and is currently available over the counter. It is always important to speak to your doctor about long-lasting issues of constipation, which may be a sign of an underlying health concern.

 

What is Dulcolax?

Dulcolax is the brand name of a laxative drug used to treat constipation. The active ingredient in this medication is bisacodyl, which may also be available in its generic form. Dulcolax is a “stimulant” laxative, i.e. a medication which works to increase the tremors and motions in the villi – tiny finger-like tissues within the intestinal wall which improve the motion of substances within the intestine, including food and faecal matter. If you are unable pass stools because of a blockage in your gut or problems caused by a lack of moisture in your bowels, Dulcolax constipation medication may be able to help move things along.

 

While it is available over the counter without a prescription, it is usually a good idea to speak to a doctor about issues of constipation, particularly if they are ongoing. Constipation may be a sign of underlying conditions.

 

When is Dulcolax used?

Dulcolax is used primarily to treat constipation, but it can be challenging to define what “constipation” is for any specific person. Most people will empty their bowels at least three times a week. However, other people might not go as often – and this may simply be due to their natural cycle. Under medical supervision, Dulcolax can also be used for the evacuation or cleaning of the intestines before a medical examination. It is sometimes used as an alternative to an enema. The substance works by stimulating the lining of the lower bowel and promotes the accumulation of water within the bowel to make stools softer. Dulcolax does not alter the way that calories are absorbed within the lower intestine and cannot be used for weight loss purposes.

 

Dulcolax is rarely prescribed for people who have chronic constipation, as doctors will attempt other forms of laxative before relying on a stimulant.

 

How do you use Dulcolax?

Dulcolax constipation medication is available in tablet form, and as a suppository that is inserted into the anus. When taking Dulcolax tablets, follow the instructions either given by your doctor or provided on the patient leaflet within the product packaging. If you are not sure about any of the information provided with this drug, ask your doctor or pharmacist before you begin using it.

 

Dulcolax tablets should be swallowed whole with a drink of water. It is important not to chew or break the tablet, and it should not be taken within an hour of eating milk products, drinking milk, or using antacids. Using this medication with milk- based products can increase your risk of nausea and stomach pain. It is not necessary to take Dulcolax constipation medication with food, although some people find that this helps to reduce their chances of negative side effects. You should never take more of this medication than directed, even if you are concerned that it is not working. Additionally, it is important not to take Dulcolax constipation medication for longer than seven days unless you are directed to do so by a doctor.

 

It will often take between 6 and 12 hours for Dulcolax tablets or Dulcolax suppositories to cause a bowel movement. If your condition persists or worsens, you will need to speak to your doctor.

 

What dosages are available?

The dosage provided for Dulcolax constipation medication will depend on the seriousness of your condition and how you respond to treatment. You will also get a different dosage depending on how you plan to take the medication. If you are using the pill form of Dulcolax constipation medication, then you will usually be given Dulcolax 5 mg tablets which you can swallow whole. It is also possible to get Dulcolax as 10 mg suppositories.

 

Children between the ages of 6 and 11 years old can take a single Dulcolax tablet or half a Dulcolax suppository. If your child suffers frequently from constipation however, they may need to see a doctor as constipation may be a sign of other underlying issues. Children under the age of 6 are not able to use Dulcolax constipation medication. Children over the age of 12 and adults will be able to use a single 10 mg Dulcolax suppository once a day, or they can take up to three 5 mg tablets in a single dose per day. Adults should not take more than 30 mg of Dulcolax constipation medication in a day.

 

What are the side effects of Dulcolax?

Although Dulcolax can be an effective treatment for constipation, there is a chance that it may cause some issues with side effects in certain people. It is common to experience abdominal cramping, stomach pain, diarrhoea, nausea and weakness in the muscles when using Dulcolax constipation medication. If you notice any of these conditions or other side effects, it is worth speaking to your doctor. Most of the side effects experienced with Dulcolax constipation medication will pass by themselves after a bowel movement. If the symptoms persist however, you may need to seek emergency help or treatment.

 

Dulcolax constipation medication rarely causes serious side effects, but if you notice the following symptoms, it is important to speak to a doctor as quickly as possible:

  • Decreased urination;
  • Persistent nausea or vomiting;
  • Diarrhoea;
  • Cramping in the muscles;
  • Weakness in the muscles;
  • Irregular heartbeat;
  • Fainting or dizziness;
  • Mood changes including confusion.

 

Dulcolax does not often cause significant allergic reactions, but it is always important to be aware of the risks when you are taking a new medication. Make sure that you contact an emergency medical centre or call an ambulance if you notice swelling in the throat, tongue or face. Other signs of an allergic reaction include severe dizziness, problems with breathing and a rash. There may be other side effects besides the ones listed above associated with Dulcolax.

 

When should you not use Dulcolax constipation medication?

Before you begin taking medicine for constipation such as Dulcolax tablets or Dulcolax suppositories, or anything that contains bisacodyl, speak to your doctor and let them know if you are allergic to any ingredients that might appear in medications. You can also speak to a pharmacist to get more details.

 

Additionally, it is worth talking to your doctor about your medical history, particularly if you have a background that includes issues with your bowels. If you have had problems in the past with appendicitis, nausea or vomiting, or a sudden change in bowel movements, speak to your doctor.

 

Additionally, you should not be taking Dulcolax if you:

  • Have severe stomach pain or cramps and do not know why;
  • Feel nauseous or are constantly vomiting and do not know why;
  • Have a blockage in your intestines or stomach;
  • Have ileus issues with weak or delayed muscle contractions in the intestines;
  • Have a hole in your intestines or stomach;
  • Have an infection that affects your intestines or stomach;
  • Are bleeding from the anus;
  • Have appendicitis;
  • Have an issue with inflammatory bowel disease.

 

Speak to your doctor if you are pregnant before you begin taking Dulcolax constipation medication. Using a treatment like this for too long during pregnancy may be dangerous. Additionally, it is unknown whether it will pass into breast milk. Speak to your healthcare professional before nursing on Dulcolax.

 

Does Dulcolax interact with any other medications?

Sometimes, the effect that certain drugs have on your body can differ if you take other medications and herbal products alongside them. This may increase your risk of suffering from more serious side effects. Additionally, taking Dulcolax with other medications could mean that this drug or other medications do not work correctly.

 

To ensure that you are not taking any dangerous combinations of drugs, speak to your doctor or pharmacist about any existing medicines that you are taking, including products that you have purchased over the counter and herbal remedies. When taking Dulcolax constipation medication, do not start taking other medications without the approval of your doctor.

 

Some of the products that interact with Dulcolax include:

  • H2 blockers;
  • Medications that decrease stomach acid;
  • Proton pump inhibitors like omeprazole;
  • Aluminium hydroxide;
  • Mgnesium carbonate;
  • Didanosine;
  • Calcium carbonate.

 

Where can you buy Dulcolax constipation medication?

Dulcolax and many other laxatives are available to buy over the counter either online or in pharmacies. However, just because you can get these medications without your doctor’s approval does not mean that you should not speak to a doctor first. Dulcolax can be dangerous to take with other medications and may not be the right treatment for you.

 

Can you get Dulcolax constipation medication without a prescription?

Dulcolax constipation medication is available without a prescription, but it might not be the best treatment for your constipation, so it is often a good idea to speak to a doctor or pharmacist before using this medication. You should also look into whether your constipation may be caused by a more serious underlying condition if you are having recurring issues.

 

References:

Drugs.com, online, Updated 2018, Dulcolax-side-effects, [accessed on 26 June 2019], Available on: https://www.drugs.com/sfx/dulcolax-side-effects.html

 

Medicine.net, online, Bisacodyl-Oral, [accessed on 26 June 2019], Available on: https://www.medicinenet.com/bisacodyl- oral/article.htm

 

Sanofi, online, Updated 2018, Dulcolax 5 mg Gastro-resistant tablets, [accessed on 26 June 2019], Available on: https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/361/smpc