Dulcolax
DESCRIPTION

Dulcolax is a medication used to treat constipation. It is also commonly recognized as Bisacodyl in the medical field.

How it works

This medication is known as a stimulant laxative. Therefore, it works by increasing the movements of the intestines. This will make it easier for the stool to pass.

Uses

Dulcolax is mainly used to treat individuals suffering from constipation. It can also be used to clear the bowels of a person prior to surgery.

Dosage

This medication must be taken by mouth, as advised by your healthcare provider. You must swallow this medication without crushing or chewing it. If you are taking any antacids or milk products, make sure to take this drug at least one hour after. If you take it immediately after consuming antacids or milk products, the coating of the tablet can be destroyed. This will increase your susceptibility towards certain side effects such as nausea and stomach upset.

The dosage will be based on your age, medical condition and response to the treatment. You must not make any changes to the dose schedule without doctor’s advice. Do not consume this medicine more than prescribed. You should not use this drug for more than seven days unless your physician tells you otherwise. If you use this medicine more than necessary, you can experience severe side effects.

It can take 6-12 hours for this medication to work. This means that you will experience bowel movement only after 6-12 hours. However, if your condition seems to persist or worsen, make sure to inform your doctor immediately. Also, if you experience bleeding from the rectum, you need to get immediate medical help.

Side effects

The following are some side effects which you may or may not experience during the course of the treatment.

Abdominal pain
Abdominal cramping
Nausea
Diarrhea
Weakness

You might also experience some serious side effects such as:

Muscle weakness
Irregular heartbeat
Persistent nausea
Decreased urination
Mood changes
Fainting
Dizziness

It is also possible for you to experience certain allergic reactions such as rashes, swelling, severe dizziness and trouble breathing.

Even though these symptoms only last for a day or two, make sure to inform your physician if they continue to persist or worsen.

Precautions

It is highly important for you to follow the necessary precautionary methods such as the ones mentioned below.

Ensure that you are not allergic to the inactive ingredients used in this medicine.
Brief your doctor about your medical history – especially if you have suffered from appendicitis.
If you are getting a surgical procedure, inform your surgeon about the usage of Dulcolax.
Inform your physician about all the medications that you are currently consuming. This includes prescribed drugs, non-prescription medicine and herbal treatments.

Self-care

If you are planning to use this medication during the period of pregnancy, you must inform your physician first. It is not safe for you to use this medication for long periods when you are pregnant.

It is not known whether this medicine can be passed onto newborns through breast milk. Therefore, it is best to discuss the matter with a physician first.

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