What is Bisacodyl?

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Bisacodyl 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 51 18
Bowel problems 20 4
Support digestive health 3 1
Chronic constipation 2 0
General health 2 0
Treat side effects of another treatment 2 1

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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 1
Moderate 8
Mild 4
None 12

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Bisacodyl

Side effect Patients
Abdominal cramps 4
Diarrhea 3
Abdominal bloating 1
Burning sensation 1
Cramps 1
Mucus in stool 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Bisacodyl

Dosage Patients
25 mg weekly 1
5 mg daily 1
100 mg daily 1
mg as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Bisacodyl

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 5
Course of treatment ended 4
Did not seem to work 4
Doctor's advice 4
Side effects too severe 2
Expense 1
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Duration

Currently taking Bisacodyl

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 1
2 - 5 years 2
10 years or more 1

Stopped taking Bisacodyl

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 8
Usually 8
Sometimes 8
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 4
A little hard to take 6
Not at all hard to take 15
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 1
< $25 7
Not specified 17
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5 patient evaluations for Bisacodyl

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dixie pixie
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dixie pixie
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
On
Mouth/throat: mild
Arms: mild
Chest: mild
Legs: mild
I am: vg
I have:
Parkinson's

See dixie pixie's full Bisacodyl history

Jul 22, 2010 (Started Aug 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Constipation)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take

Feb 20, 2010 (Started Aug 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Constipation)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily

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gailHD
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Bulbar: severe
Arms: severe
Chest: severe
Legs: severe
I am: vg
I have:
ALS

See gailHD's full Bisacodyl history

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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leprechan
Sex: F
Data Quality: 0 stars
Mouth/throat: none
Arms: mild
Chest: mild
Legs: mild
I am: b
I have:
Parkinson's

See leprechan's full Bisacodyl history

Dec 30, 2009 (Started Feb 03, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Constipation)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: My GI MD would like me to take bisacodyl daily with no end in sight. Because it is a stimulant laxative, I have chosen to take it as needed. On occasion, I can have a positive outcome with no bisacodyl suppositories or pills. When I feel I am having a backup, taking 2 bisacodly pills the night before often makes me feel better..........but it doesn't last more than a few days.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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