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Bisacodyl Tablet 5mg

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Bisacodyl Tablet 5mg is a stimulant laxative that can be used for the relief of constipation.

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Bisacodyl Tablet 5mg contains the active ingredient bisacodyl that fits into a group of medicines called stimulant laxatives. It works by stimulating the nerve endings in the walls of the large intestine (colon) and the rectum, which causes the muscles in the intestinal wall to contract more often and with more force. This will result in the contents of the intestine to be moved through the colon to the rectum so that the bowel can be emptied. It is therefore effective for relieving constipation. They may also be used to empty the bowel before certain medical procedures.

The Bisocodyl Tablet is features a special ‘enteric coat’ that is designed to prevent the tablets dissolving in the stomach, to ensure the active ingredient is released exactly where it is needed in the colon. The tablets should be swallowed whole to ensure this coating is not broken. The tablets will start to work 6-12 hours after taking them, so take them at night to receive short-term relief from constipation the next morning. 

Directions for taking Bisocodyl Tablet 5mg:

  • Please follow the directions given to you by your doctor or pharmacist carefully when taking Bisocodyl Tablets. They will tell you how much medication to take as well as when and how often to take them.
  • Bisocodyl Tablets should be swallowed whole with water.
  • For the best results, take tablet at night for relief the next morning. 

Caution before taking Bisocodyl Tablet 5mg:

  • You should not take this medicine if you have severe abdominal pain together with feeling sick and vomiting, as this could indicate that you have a more serious condition that needs investigating.
  • Bisocodyl tablets should be swallowed whole and not chewed, crushed or broken, as this would damage their special enteric coating. The tablets should not be taken within an hour of taking indigestion remedies (antacids) or dairy products such as milk or yoghurt, as these alter the environment in the stomach and intestine and could make the tablet coating dissolve before it reaches the colon. This might give you stomach cramps.
  • You should not use this medicine on a continuous basis for more than five days. If you find you need to take a laxative every day you should consult your doctor so that the cause of your constipation can be investigated.
  • Prolonged, excessive use of laxatives can lead to chronic diarrhoea, low potassium levels in the blood (hypokalaemia) and an imbalance in the amount of fluid and salts (electrolytes) in your body, particularly if you are also taking diuretic or steroid medicines. This can cause kidney problems, amongst others. Prolonged, excessive use may also make your constipation worse in the long-term, as your gut can become reliant on the laxative.
  • This medicine should not be used if you have any known sensitivity or allergy to its ingredients.
  • This medication is known to be harmful if taken during pregnancy; however it is not known to be passed into breast milk. Therefore, like with all other medications, you should consult your doctor or pharmacist before taking Bisocodyl.

Not to be used in:

  • Blockage of the gut (intestinal obstruction or ileus)
  • Acute attacks of inflammatory bowel disease such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease
  • Sudden abdominal conditions requiring surgery, such as appendicitis
  • Severe dehydration
  • Children under 10 years of age, unless on the advice of a doctor. Dulcolax tablets are not recommended for children under four years of age
  • Rare hereditary problems of fructose intolerance, glucose-galactose malabsorption or sucrase-isomaltase insufficiency (Dulcolax tablets contain sucrose)
Please contact your doctor or medical practitioner to understand more about the side effects of taking Bisacodyl Tablet 5mg .
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