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Generic Name: bisacodyl (biss ah COE dill)
What is bisacodyl?
Bisacodyl is a stimulant laxative. It causes muscles in the colon to contract and stools to pass.
Bisacodyl is used to treat constipation and to cause evacuation of the colon.
Bisacodyl may also have uses other than those listed in this product guide.
What is the most important information I should know about bisacodyl?Do not use bisacodyl if you have stomach (abdominal) pain, nausea, or vomiting, unless directed by a doctor.
If you notice a sudden change in bowel habits that persists over a period of 2 weeks, consult your healthcare provider before using a laxative.Bisacodyl products should not be used for longer than one week, unless otherwise directed by your healthcare provider.
Rectal bleeding or failure to have a bowel movement after use of a laxative may indicate a more serious condition. Stop using bisacodyl and contact your healthcare provider.
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking bisacodyl?Do not take bisacodyl without first talking to your doctor if you have abdominal (stomach) pain, nausea, or vomiting. You may not be able to take bisacodyl or you may require special monitoring.
If you notice a sudden change in bowel habits that persists over a period of 2 weeks, consult your healthcare provider before using a laxative.Do not take bisacodyl without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant. Do not take bisacodyl without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. Some forms of bisacodyl are formulated for use by children. Talk to the child"s doctor before using this product to treat a child.
How should I take bisacodyl?
Take bisacodyl exactly as directed by your doctor or as directed on the package. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.Take each dose with a full glass of water.
Swallow the tablets and capsules whole. Do not chew or crush them.Do not take bisacodyl tablets within 1 hour after taking an antacid or drinking milk.
Bisacodyl is also available as a rectal suppository. To use a rectal suppository:
Bisacodyl is also available for use as a rectal enema. To use a rectal enema:
Bisacodyl enema usually produces a bowel movement in 15 to 20 minutes. Bisacodyl suppositories usually produce a bowel movement in 15 minutes to one hour. Bisacodyl tablets usually produce a bowel movement in 6 to 12 hours. Do not take bisacodyl for more than 1 week unless otherwise directed by your doctor.Store bisacodyl at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and take only the next regularly scheduled dose. Do not take a double dose.
What happens if I overdose?Seek emergency medical attention.
Symptoms of a bisacodyl overdose are not known but might include nausea, vomiting or stomach pain.
What should I avoid while taking bisacodyl?Do not take bisacodyl tablets within 1 hour after taking an antacid or drinking milk.
Bisacodyl side effectsIf you experience any of the following uncommon but serious side effects, stop taking bisacodyl and seek medical treatment or call your doctor immediately:
Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take bisacodyl and talk to your doctor if you experience
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.
What other drugs will affect bisacodyl?
Before taking bisacodyl, tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following medicines:
You may not be able to take bisacodyl, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring if you are taking any of the medicines listed above.
Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with bisacodyl. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines, including herbal products.
Where can I get more information?
What does my medication look like?
Bisacodyl is available over-the-counter generically and under many brand names in several formulations. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about this medication, especially if it is new to you.
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