This medicine contains the active ingredient bisacodyl which belongs to a group of medicines called laxatives. These medicines induce the bowel movement. Bisacodyl is prescribed for the treatment of constipation (irregular bowel movement and inability to release stool) and before the surgery, child birth and radiological procedures.
Is Bisacodyl suitable for me?
Bisacodyl is not suitable for everyone. Do not use it
- if you are allergic to bisacodyl or other ingredients of this medicine
- if you are severely dehydrated
- if you have a bowel condition called “ileus” (blockage in
- the intestine)
- if you suffer from appendicitis, severe constipation or intestinal blockage
- if you suffer from severe stomach pain
- if you have stomach, intestinal, or rectal bleeding
- if you have inflammation of the bowel (small or large
- if you are planning abdominal surgery
Do not use suppository:
- if you have cracking of the skin around your back passage
- if you have inflammation or ulcers around your back passage (ulcerative proctitis)
In particular, you must tell the doctor if you:
- have heart problems
- have abnormal levels of fluids or electrolytes in your body
- have nausea, vomiting, or undiagnosed stomach pain
- are pregnant or breastfeeding
Bisacodyl interacts with other medicines. It is most important that you tell the doctor all the medications and herbal supplements that you are currently taking.
See the package leaflet for a complete list of possible contraindications and warnings.
How should I take Bisacodyl?
This medicine is available in form of a gastro-resistant tablet and suppository.
You should take bisacodyl exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist.
- The usual dose is one or two tablets (5 or 10 mg) per day before bedtime. This medicine should not be used for more than 5 days in a row.
- The usual dose is one 10 mg suppository inserted into the back passage for immediate effect. Only use one suppository per day. The usual dose for children is one 5 mg suppository per day. This medicine should not be used for more than 5 days in a row.
Do not use more of it, do not use it more often, or do not use it for a longer time than your doctor instructed. Do not take two doses together if you miss a dose.
Read the information leaflet provided with your medication for additional information. Talk to your doctor if you have any additional questions.
What are Bisacodyl side effects?
Like all medicines bisacodyl can cause side effects, including:
- abdominal cramps or pain
- blood in the stools
- abdominal discomfort
- discomfort inside and around the back passage
Consult a doctor if the side effects are severe. See the package leaflet for a complete list of side effects.