Bisacodyl is used to treat and prevent constipation. It is also used to empty your bowel before medical procedures and surgery.
Use bisacodyl as directed.
Swallow the tablets whole with a large glass of water. Do not crush or chew.
Remove the wrapper before inserting the suppositories into the rectum. It usually works in about 20 minutes but may take up to 45 minutes.
If you take bisacodyl regularly and it is nearly time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the usual time. Otherwise, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Do not take two doses at the same time.
Some medicines available without a prescription may react with bisacodyl including:
Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products or recreational drugs.
|Side Effects||Recommended action|
Stomach cramps, diarrhoea
Anal irritation with suppository use
|Tell your doctor if troublesome|
If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.
This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.
Prepared by the MyMedicines Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Te Whatu Ora - Waitaha, New Zealand. March 2023
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