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Bisacodyl

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Why is this medication prescribed?

Constipation can be treated temporarily with bisacodyl. Additionally, it is used to empty the bowels prior to surgery and other medical treatments. Bisacodyl belongs to the group of drugs known as stimulant laxatives. It functions by causing a bowel movement by causing the intestines to work harder.

How should this medicine be used?

To be taken orally, bisacodyl is available as a tablet. It is typically taken the evening before one wants to go. A bowel movement is typically brought on by bisacodyl within 6 to 12 hours. Without consulting your doctor, don’t take bisacodyl more than once per day or for longer than a week. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any instructions you do not understand, and carefully follow any instructions on the packaging or on the label of your prescription. Administer bisacodyl precisely as prescribed. Use of bisacodyl on a regular basis or long-term may result in dependence on laxatives and loss of normal bowel function. After taking bisacodyl, if you don’t have a regular bowel movement, stop taking the drug and consult your doctor.

With a glass of water, swallow the pills whole; do not break, chew, or crush them.

After consuming alcohol or eating dairy products, avoid taking bisacodyl for one hour.

Other uses for this medicine

Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details if you believe this drug should be used for something else.

What special precautions should I follow?

Before taking bisacodyl,

  • If you have an allergy to bisacodyl, any other drugs, or any of the substances in these products, tell your doctor and pharmacist right away. A list of the ingredients can be found on the label or by asking your pharmacist.
  • Inform your doctor and pharmacist about all prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, dietary supplements, and herbal products that you are now taking or intend to use. Your physician might need to adjust the dosage of your drugs or keep a close eye on you for side effects.
  • Wait at least an hour before taking bisacodyl if you are taking antacids.
  • If you experience stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, or a sudden change in bowel habits that lasts longer than two weeks, let your doctor know.
  • Inform your doctor if you are expecting, intend to get pregnant, or are nursing a baby. Call your doctor if you become pregnant while taking bisacodyl.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Regular bowel function depends on a regular diet and exercise routine. As advised by your doctor, consume a diet high in fibre and get eight glasses of water daily.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

Typically, this drug is given as needed. Take the missing dose as soon as you remember it if your doctor has instructed you to take bisacodyl on a regular basis. If the next dose is soon due, skip the missed one and carry on with your regular dosing plan. To make up for a missing dose, do not take a second one.

What side effects can this medication cause?

Side effects from bisacodyl are possible. If any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away, let your doctor know right once:

  • Stomach pain
  • Faintness
  • Uncomfortable stomach

Some adverse effects can be very harmful. Call your doctor right away and stop taking bisacodyl if you have this symptom:

  • Blood in the urine

Other negative effects of bisacodyl are possible. If you experience any strange issues while taking this medicine, contact your doctor right away.

You or your doctor can submit a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting programme online or by phone if you have a serious side event (1-800-332-1088).

What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?

Keep this medication tightly closed in the original container and out of the reach of children. Store it away from excessive heat and moisture at room temperature (not in the bathroom).

As many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and are simple for young children to open, it is crucial to keep all medications out of sight and out of reach of children. Always lock safety caps and promptly stash medication up and away from young children where it is out of their sight and reach to prevent poisoning. http://www.upandaway.org

Unused prescriptions must be disposed of carefully to prevent pets, kids, and other people from ingesting them. You should not, however, dispose of this medication in the toilet. Instead, utilising a medicine take-back programme is the easiest approach to get rid of your medication. To find out about take-back programmes in your area, speak with your pharmacist or the garbage/recycling department in your city. If you do not have access to a take-back programme, see the FDA’s Safe Disposal of Medicines website at http://goo.gl/c4Rm4p for additional information.

In case of emergency/overdose

Call the poison control hotline at 1-800-222-1222 in the event of an overdose. Additionally, information can be found online at https://www.poisonhelp.org/help. Call 911 right once if the person has collapsed, experienced a seizure, is having difficulty breathing, or cannot be roused.

What other information should I know?

If you have any inquiries about bisacodyl, ask your pharmacist.

You should keep a written record of every medication you take, including any over-the-counter (OTC) items, prescription drugs, and dietary supplements like vitamins and minerals. This list should be brought with you whenever you see a doctor or are admitted to the hospital. You should always have this information with you in case of emergencies.

Brand names

  • Carter’s Little Pills®
  • Correctol®
  • Dulcolax®
  • Feen-A-Mint®
  • Fleet® Bisacodyl
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