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Laxatives, stimulant (Suppository) (Rectal)

Introduction:

Treats occasional constipation by making bowel movements regular. Also treats constipation after surgery or childbirth.

Brand Name(s):

Biscolax, The Magic Bullet, LoSo Prep, Fleet Bisacodyl, Dulcolax, Bisac-Evac, Dulcolax Bowel Prep Kit, Dulcolax Bowel Cleansing Kit

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:

You should not use this medicine if you have ever had an allergic reaction to bisacodyl (Dulcolax®), glycerin, or senna (Senokot®). Do not use this medicine if you have rectal bleeding, stomach pain, nausea, or vomiting. Do not use this medicine if your bowel habits have suddenly changed in the past 2 weeks.

How to Use This Medicine:

Suppository

  • Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
  • If you are using this medicine without a prescription, follow the instructions on the medicine label.
  • You should not use this medicine for longer than 1 week.
  • Never take rectal suppositories by mouth.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water before and after using this medicine. Remove the foil or wrapper from the suppository before inserting it.To make the suppository easier to insert, you may use a lubricating gel such as K-Y® Jelly, but do not use petroleum jelly (Vaseline®).
  • Lie on your left side with your left leg straight or slightly bent, and your right knee bent upward. Gently push the pointed end of the suppository into the rectum about 1 inch.Keep lying down for about 15 minutes to keep the suppository from coming out before it melts. Then, wash your hands again.
  • This medicine should cause you to have a bowel movement within 15 minutes to 1 hour.

If a dose is missed:

  • If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.

How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine:

  • Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
  • You may store the suppositories in the refrigerator, but do not freeze them.
  • Keep all medicine away from children and never share your medicine with anyone.
  • Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of any outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid:

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

Warnings While Using This Medicine:

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you have any type of stomach or intestinal (bowel) problems. These may include diverticulitis, intestinal blockage, rectal bleeding, or moderate to severe stomach pain.
  • Tell your doctor if your constipation does not improve after using this medicine for 1 week.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Bleeding from your rectum.
  • Dark, tarry stools.
  • Lightheadedness or fainting.
  • Nausea or vomiting.
  • Sweating or seizures (especially in children or older adults).

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Gas pains or bloating.
  • Mild stomach cramps or discomfort.
  • Reviewed last on: 1/4/2010
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