What is Dulcolax?

Category: Over the Counter Drugs

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Generic name: Bisacodyl

Dulcolax is a brand name for bisacodyl. It is a laxative and stimulant used in the treatment of constipation; colonic evacuation prior to procedures or examination. It is available in an oral dose or in a rectal suppository.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Constipation 27 10
Bowel problems 11 2
Support digestive health 2 1
Bowel irritability 1 3
Chronic constipation 1 0
Chronic diarrhea 1 0

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 3
Mild 4
None 7

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Dulcolax

Side effect Patients
Abdominal cramps 2
Diarrhea 2
Burning sensation 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Dulcolax

Dosage Patients
5mg as needed 2
10 mg m,w,f 1
5 mg daily 1
200 mg daily 1
100mg as needed 1
2 5mg as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Dulcolax

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 4
Course of treatment ended 3
Other 3
Did not seem to work 2
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Duration

Currently taking Dulcolax

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 1
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 2

Stopped taking Dulcolax

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 6
Usually 4
Sometimes 4
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 3
A little hard to take 3
Not at all hard to take 8
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 1
< $25 3
Not specified 10
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1 patient evaluation for Dulcolax

Apr 1, 2010 (Started Mar 11, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for constipation)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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