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Bisacodyl

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Last Updated: July 19, 2019

Bisacodyl is used as a stimulant laxative. It provides relief during constipation. It functions by stimulating the bowel muscles to help the stool come out.

On using Bisacodyl you may experience side effects such as abdominal pain, fatigue, diarrhoea, nausea, muscle cramps, vomiting, rapid or irregular heartbeat, dizziness, mood disorders, swelling, skin rash and drowsiness. Should your reactions persist or become worse over time contact your health care provider right away.

Before using Bisacodyl inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to any ingredient contained within Bisacodyl, if you have abdominal pain, constipation, you have issues swallowing without chewing, if you have any allergies to any foods, medicines or substances, you are taking any prescription or non-prescription drugs, you are pregnant or are breastfeeding a baby.

This medication needs to be taken by mouth with or without food. The dosage should be determined by your physician based on your medical history and current condition. The usual dose in adults is about 5-15 mg taken once-thrice orally per day. While taking this medication swallow it whole without crushing, chewing or breaking the tablet.

Information given here is based on the salt and content of the medicine. Effect and uses of medicine may vary from person to person. It is advicable to consult a Gastroenterologist before using this medicine.

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  • Is It safe with alcohol?

    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. Please consult your doctor.
  • Are there any pregnancy warnings?

    Lax 10mg tablet may be unsafe to use during pregnancy.
    Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the foetus, however, there are limited human studies. The benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk. Please consult your doctor.
  • Are there any breast-feeding warnings?

    Unknown. Human and animal studies are not available. Please consult your doctor.
  • Is it safe to drive while on this medicine?

    There is no interaction between driving and consuming this drug. So dose alteration is not needed.
  • Does this affect kidney function?

    There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
  • Does this affect liver function?

    There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
  • Are there any missed dose instructions?

    If you miss a dose of Bisacodyl, skip it and continue with your normal schedule. Do not double the dose.

Below is the list of medicines, which contains Bisacodyl as ingredient

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Bisacodyl is a stimulant laxative which intestinal enzymes and enteric bacteria hydrolyze to create an active metabolite. This induces colon peristalsis acting directly on the intestinal mucosa of the colon to clear the intestines before tests or to treat constipation.

Ques: What is Bisacodyl?

Ans: Bisacodyl is a medication which has Bisacodyl as an active ingredient present in it. This medicine performs its action by stimulating the inner lining of bowel. Bisacodyl is used for occasional constipation. It is laxative medication, used to clean intestines and helping stool to come out.

Ques: What are the uses of Bisacodyl?

Ans: Bisacodyl is used for the treatment and prevention from conditions and symptoms of occasional constipation. Besides these, it can also be used to clean intestines and helping stool to come out. The patient should inform the doctor about any ongoing medications and treatment before using Bisacodyl to avoid undesirable effects.

Ques: What are the Side Effects of Bisacodyl?

Ans: This is a list of possible side-effects which may occur due to the constituting ingredients of Bisacodyl. This is not a comprehensive list. These side-effects have been observed and not necessarily occur. Some of these side-effects may be serious. These include blood in stool, stomach cramps, faintness and vomiting. Apart from these, using Bisacodyl may further lead to rectal bleeding, constipation and stomach disorders. If any of these symptoms occur often or on daily basis, a doctor should be urgently consulted.

Ques: What are the instructions for storage and disposal Bisacodyl?

Ans: Bisacodyl should be stored at room temperature, away from heat and direct light. Keep it away from the reach of children and pets. A doctor should be consulted regarding the dosage of Bisacodyl. The patient should consult a doctor for its further uses and side effects and should inform the doctor about any ongoing medications and treatment before using to avoid undesirable effects.

Ques: Should I use Bisacodyl empty stomach, before food or after food?

Ans: This medication is to be consumed orally. The salts involved in this medication react properly if it is taken at bed time. If you take it on an empty stomach, it might upset your stomach. Please consult the doctor before using Bisacodyl.

Ques: How long do I need to use Bisacodyl before I see improvement of my conditions?

Ans: In most of the cases, the average time taken by this medication to reach its peak effect is around 1 day to 3 months, before noticing an improvement in the condition. But the same duration is not mandatory for everyone and so, it is not a standard time period for this medication's action. Please consult your doctor, for the time period you need to use Bisacodyl.

Ques: Is there any food or drink I need to avoid?

Ans: If you are under the usage of this medication, It is recommended to avoid dairy products, as it may cause gastric irritation. However, eating healthy, doing physical exercises and avoiding any kind of harmful practices like smoking or drinking can uplift your health.

Ques: Will Bisacodyl be more effective if taken in more than the recommended dose?

Ans: Excess of usage of this medication can trigger side effects. The salts involved may cause inadequate effects to your health if Bisacodyl is taken more than its prescribed dosage or taken more times then its prescribed frequency.
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