Dulcolax

Dulcolax tablet suppository

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Dulcolax is a laxative. This type of medicine can help you with difficult bowel movements. It can be used to treat constipation or for emptying the intestines before surgery, colonoscopy, X-rays, or other gastrointestinal procedures.

In general, the tablets work by stimulating bowel movements within 6 to 12 hours. It generally produces a bowel movement within 15 minutes to 1 hour.

Types of Dulcolax

There are three types of Dulcolax: Dulcolax Tablets, Dulcolax Suppositories, and Dulcolactol. 

1. Dulcolax Tablets

The tablet is an enteric-coated tablet formulated to be resistant to gastric and small intestinal juice. 

Packaging

  • Box contains 20 blisters @ 10 tablets.
  • Box contains 20 envelopes @ 1 blister @ 4 tablets.

Dosage Considerations

  • Dosage for children 6-10 years old: 1 tablet per day.
  • Dosage for adults and children >10 years: 1 to 2 tablets per day.

How Dulcolax Tablets Work

It contains 5 mg of Bisacodyl, an active ingredient, which works within 6 to 12 hours. This substance will stimulate the movement of the large intestine – making it easier to get a bowel movement. You may experience indigestion while using Dulcolax. 

2. Dulcolax Suppositories

The suppositories are inserted rectally or through anus. This drug works in 30 minutes to overcome difficult bowel movements.

Packaging

Dulcolax Suppositories of 10 mg for adults:

  • Box contains 1 strip @ 5 suppositories.
  • Box contains 10 strips @ 5 suppositories.

Dulcolax Suppositories of 5 mg for children:

  • Box contains 1 strip @ 6 suppositories.

Dosage Considerations

  • Dosage for children 1-10 years old: 1 suppository (5 mg).
  • Dosage for adults and children >10 years: 1 suppository (10 mg).

How Dulcolax Suppositories Work

Dulcolax Suppositories contain the active substance Bisacodyl (5 mg and 10 mg) – which can stimulate the large intestine, making it easier for bowel movements. 

If the suppository tablet is too soft to insert, chill in in the refrigerator or run cold water over it for 30 minutes before removing the wrapper. Wash hands before using the medicine. Use one finger to push the suppository gently into the rectum. 

3. Dulcolactol

Dulcolactol can be used to treat difficult bowel movements. It can be consumed by adults, the elderly, and children. This type of Dulcolax is also available for infants of one year old. 

In addition, it can be taken with other foods to alleviate symptoms of an upset stomach. It can also be combined with water, milk, or fruit juice for taste enhancement. 

Packaging

Dulcolactol is available in a 60 ml bottle of syrup. 

Dosage Considerations

Dosage for adults:

  • Mild constipation: initial dose of 15 mL per day, then 10 mL per day
  • Moderate constipation: initial dose of 15 to 30 mL per day, then 15 to 25 mL per day  for maintenance.
  • Severe constipation: initial dose of 15 mL twice daily, then 15 to 25 mL per day for maintenance.

Dosage for children 5 to 10 years of age:

  • Initial dose is 10 mL twice a day, then 10 mL per day for maintenance. 

Dosage for children 1 to 5 years of age:

  • Initial dose of 5 mL twice a day, then 5 to 10 mL per day for maintenance.

Dosage for children <1 year:

  • Initial dose of 2.5 mL 2 times a day, then a maintenance period of 5 mL per day.

How Dulcolactol Works

Dulcolactol contains lactulose to soften stools – which makes it easier for you to have a bowel movement.

Guidelines for Dulcolax

Follow the directions below to use Dulcolax:

  • Use Dulcolax exactly as directed on the drug label or as directed by your doctor.
  • Overuse or use is not recommended as laxatives as it can cause dependence on bowel function
  • Do not crush or chew the tablets. Swallow the tablet whole with a glass of water.
  • Dulcolax taken orally may result in a bowel movement in 6 to 12 hours.
  • It taken rectally can produce faster results. You should have a bowel movement within 15 to 60 minutes after using the rectal suppository.
  • Suppositories are for rectal use only. 
  • Try to empty the bladder before using Dulcolax suppository. 
  • Wash hands before and after using the suppository. 

Here’s how to use rectal suppositories:

  • Remove the wrap. 
  • Avoid holding the suppository for too long as it will melt in your hand.
  • If the suppository is too soft, chill in in the refrigerator or run cold water over it for a few minutes. 
  • Lie down on your left side with your right knee pointing toward your chest. Gently insert the suppository into your rectum about 1 inch (until it passes the muscular sphincter of the rectum)
  • Stay lying down for a few minutes. The suppository will melt quickly and you should feel little discomfort while holding it in. 
  • Do not use more than one rectal suppository per day.
  • Call your doctor if you do not have a bowel movement after using this product or if you have constipation for more than 7 days.

What is Dulcolax Used for

Dulcolax can be used to treat constipation or to empty the bowel before surgery, colonoscopy, X-rays, or other intestinal medical procedures. Make sure you use it according to the dosage recommended by your doctor.

Contraindications for Dulcolax

Contraindications may include:

  • Avoid using other medications within 2 hours before or 2 hours after using Dulcolax.
  • Avoid drinking milk or taking antacids within 1 hour before using it.

Drug Interactions

Several other drugs may interact with Dulcolax, including prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal products. Inform your healthcare provider about any medications you are currently taking and any medications that you stopped using to avoid the risk of complications.

List of Side Effects

Seek emergency medical help right away if you have signs of an allergic reaction after using it, such as:

  • Itching
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat

Stop using Dulcolax and talk to your doctor immediately if you have symptoms of side effects such as:

  • Dizziness
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Burning sensation in the rectum
  • Stomach upsets 
  • No bowel movements after using Dulcolax.

Make an appointment with your doctor or pharmacist through Smarter Health to find out more about the recommended dosage for Dulcolax. 

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