Dulcolax

Dulcolax

bisacodyl

Manufacturer:

sanofi-aventis

Distributor:

DKSH
Concise Prescribing Info
Contents
Bisacodyl
Indications/Uses
Constipation. Prep of diagnostic procedures, in pre- & post-op treatment & in conditions which require defecation to be facilitated.
Dosage/Direction for Use
Constipation (short-term treatment) Adult & childn >10 yr 1-2 tab (5-10 mg) daily before bedtime or 1 supp (10 mg) for immediate effect. Childn 4-10 yr 1 tab (5 mg) daily before bedtime or 1 supp (5 mg) for immediate effect. Prep of diagnostic procedures & pre-op Adult & childn >10 yr 2 tab (10 mg) in the morning & 2 tab (10 mg) in the evening & 1 supp (10 mg) on the following morning. Childn 4-10 yr 1 tab (5 mg) in the evening & 1 supp (5 mg) on the following morning.
Administration
Should be taken on an empty stomach: Do not take w/in 1 hr of antacids, milk or other dairy products.
Contraindications
Hypersensitivity. Ileus, intestinal obstruction, acute abdominal conditions including appendicitis, acute inflammatory bowel diseases & severe abdominal pain associated w/ nausea & vomiting. Severe dehydration. Tab: Rare hereditary conditions of galactose (eg, galactosaemia) or fructose intolerance. Supp: Not to be used when anal fissures or ulcerative proctitis w/ mucosal damage are present.
Special Precautions
Not to be used on a continuous daily basis for >5 days w/o investigating the cause of constipation. Prolonged excessive use may lead to fluid & electrolyte imbalance & hypokalaemia. Intestinal fluid loss can promote dehydration. Not helpful for wt loss. Generally mild & self-limiting haematochezia may be experienced. Risk of dizziness &/or syncope. May affect ability to drive or operate machinery. Discontinue in patients suffering from fluid loss where dehydration may be harmful (eg, renal insufficiency, elderly). Pregnancy (particularly in 1st trimester). Not to be used in childn <4 yr. Supp: Monitor for abdominal pain & bloody diarrhea. May lead to painful sensations & local irritation especially in patients w/ anal fissures & ulcerative proctitis.
Adverse Reactions
Abdominal cramps & pain, diarrhoea & nausea.
Drug Interactions
Excessive doses may increase the risk of electrolyte imbalance w/ diuretics or adrenocorticosteroids. Electrolyte imbalance may lead to increased sensitivity to cardiac glycosides. Tab: Coating resistance may be reduced w/ antacids & milk products which may result in dyspepsia & gastric irritation.
ATC Classification
A06AB02 - bisacodyl ; Belongs to the class of contact laxatives.
Presentation/Packing
Form
Dulcolax Adult supp 10 mg
Packing/Price
5's
Form
Dulcolax EC tab 5 mg
Packing/Price
200's;30's
Form
Dulcolax Paed supp 5 mg
Packing/Price
6's
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