What is bisacodyl?

Bisacodyl is a stimulant laxative. It causes muscles in the colon to contract and stools to pass.

Bisacodyl is used to treat constipation and to cause evacuation of the colon.

Bisacodyl may also have uses other than those listed in this product guide.

Precautions

Do not take bisacodyl without first talking to your doctor if you have abdominal (stomach) pain, nausea, or vomiting. You may not be able to take bisacodyl or you may require special monitoring.

If you notice a sudden change in bowel habits that persists over a period of 2 weeks, consult your healthcare provider before using a laxative.

Do not take bisacodyl without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant.

Do not take bisacodyl without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Some forms of bisacodyl are formulated for use by children. Talk to the child’s doctor before using this product to treat a child.

Do not take bisacodyl tablets within 1 hour after taking an antacid or drinking milk.

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Instructions

Seek emergency medical attention.

Symptoms of a bisacodyl overdose are not known but might include nausea, vomiting or stomach pain.

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and take only the next regularly scheduled dose. Do not take a double dose.

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Side Effects

If you experience any of the following uncommon but serious side effects, stop taking bisacodyl and seek medical treatment or call your doctor immediately:

  • an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives);
  • rectal bleeding;
  • severe abdominal pain, nausea or vomiting; or
  • no bowel movement.

Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take bisacodyl and talk to your doctor if you experience

  • dizziness;
  • abdominal (stomach) discomfort;
  • cramps;
  • diarrhea; or
  • mild nausea.

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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Interactions

Before taking bisacodyl, tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following medicines:

  • an antacid or medicine to relieve heartburn; or
  • the stomach medicines cimetidine (Tagamet, Tagamet HB), nizatidine (Axid, Axid AR), famotidine (Pepcid, Pepcid AC), ranitidine (Zantac, Zantac 75), omeprazole (Prilosec), esomeprazole (Nexium), lansoprazole (Prevacid), pantoprazole (Protonix), or rabeprazole (Aciphex).

You may not be able to take bisacodyl, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring if you are taking any of the medicines listed above.

Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with bisacodyl. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines, including herbal products.

Other Names

Alophen, Bisa-Plex, Bisac-Evac, Bisco-Lax, Bisolax, Carters Little Pills, Colax, Correctol, Doxidan Tablet, Dulcogen, Dulcolax Laxative, Evac-U-Gen, Ex-lax Ultra, Feen-A-Mint, Fleet Bisacodyl, Gen Lax, Gentlax Tablet, Gentle Laxative, Laxative Gentle Suppositories, Magic Bullet, Modane, Veracolate, and bisacodyl

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