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Bisacodyl - Oral - Patient Medicine Information

> Why do I need this medicine?
> How do I take this medicine?
> What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
> When should I not use this medicine?
> What should I take note of while using this medicine?
> What side effects could I experience?
> Can I take this with other medicines?
> What special dietary instructions should I follow?
> How should I store this medicine?

 
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Why do I need this medicine?

Bisacodyl is used to relieve constipation. It belongs to a group of medicines called stimulant laxatives. Stimulant laxatives increase bowel movement by stimulating the muscles of the bowel.

Bisacodyl is also used for bowel cleansing before surgery or bowel examinations.

How do I take this medicine?

Take Bisacodyl exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

Take Bisacodyl on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals. It is best to take it in the evening, so as to have a bowel movement the next morning.

Swallow it whole. Do not divide, chew or crush the tablet. Do not take Bisacodyl within 1 hour of antacids, milk or other dairy products.

You may stop taking Bisacodyl when you have no more constipation.

Check with your doctor or nurse on how to take Bisacodyl if you are taking it for bowel cleansing.

What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

When should I not use this medicine?

Alert your doctor if you have the following conditions:

- blocked bowels
- abdominal pain with nausea or vomiting
- appendicitis (inflammation of the appendix) or inflammation of the bowels
- severe dehydration
as Bisacodyl may not be suitable for you.

What should I take note of while using this medicine?

Bisacodyl should not be taken daily for more than 5 days. Habitual use of laxatives may make your bowels dependent on them.

Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

What lifestyle changes can I make to prevent constipation?

You can adopt some of the following lifestyle changes to help prevent constipation:

- Include high-fibre foods such as fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole-grain cereals and breads in your diet. Add fibre to your diet gradually to help reduce gas and bloating.
- Drink plenty of liquids. Limit caffeine intake, which may worsen symptoms of constipation by causing dehydration.
- Be active and exercise regularly.
- Do not ignore the urge to have a bowel movement.

What side effects could I experience?

Bisacodyl may cause dizziness. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.

Other side effects include any of the following: abdominal pain, abdominal cramps, nausea and diarrhoea and blood in the stools.

Some side effects may be serious, although they are not common. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience:

- thirst, dry mouth, tiredness and reduced urine production
- muscles weakness, irregular heartbeat

Inform you doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.

Can I take this with other medicines?

Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:

- antacids (medicines to neutralise stomach acid) e.g. aluminium hydroxide, magnesium trisilicate
- medicine for heart disease e.g. digoxin

This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Bisacodyl.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicine, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Do not take Bisacodyl within 1 hour of antacids, milk or other dairy products.

Avoid alcohol.

How should I store this medicine?

Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.

This information is independently developed by MIMS based on Bisacodyl - Oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2019 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com

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