Dulcolax 5 mg Tablet


Overview

Uses of Dulcolax Tablet
Dulcolax 5 mg Tablet is used in the treatment of constipation.
Dulcolax Tablet side effects
Common
  • Vomiting
  • Bloating
  • Nausea
  • Stomach cramp
How to use Dulcolax Tablet
Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. Dulcolax 5 mg Tablet is to be taken empty stomach.
How Dulcolax Tablet works
Dulcolax 5 mg Tablet is a laxative. It works by increasing the movement of the intestines, thereby facilitating the passage of stool. It also helps clean out the intestines prior to medical procedures or examination.
Dulcolax Tablet related warnings
Alcohol
Interaction with alcohol is unknown. Please consult your doctor.
Pregnancy
WEIGH RISKS VS BENEFITS
Dulcolax 5 mg Tablet may be unsafe to use during pregnancy.
Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the foetus, however, there are limited human studies. The benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk. Please consult your doctor.
Lactation
Dulcolax 5 mg Tablet is probably safe to use during lactation. Limited human data suggests that the drug does not represent a significant risk to the baby.
Driving
Do not drive unless you are feeling well.
Patients may experience dizziness and/or syncope due to a vasovagal response (e.g. to abdominal spasm). If patients experience abdominal spasm they should avoid driving.
Kidney
There is limited information available on the use of Dulcolax 5 mg Tablet in patients with kidney disease. Please consult your doctor.
Use of Dulcolax 5 mg Tablet is generally not advised if there is associated vomiting as the loss of body water can be harmful to kidney function.
Liver
There is limited information available on the use of Dulcolax 5 mg Tablet in patients with liver disease. Please consult your doctor.
What if you miss a dose of Dulcolax Tablet?
If you miss a dose of Dulcolax 5 mg Tablet, skip it and continue with your normal schedule. Do not double the dose.

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Expert Advice

  • Together with Dulcolax 5 mg Tablet, fiber rich diet containing whole grain bread and cereals, bran, fruits and green leafy vegetables, is essential to maintain healthy bowel function.
  • Avoid taking a Dulcolax 5 mg Tablet for more than 1 week, unless prescribed by the doctor, as it leads to dependency on the laxative action to produce a bowel movement. 
  • Take Dulcolax 5 mg Tablet after 2 hours from other medicines, as it may interfere with the absorption of other medicines.
  • Dulcolax 5 mg Tablet should be preferably taken at bedtime because it requires 6 to 8 hours to show impact.

Patient Concerns

Questions Related to Dulcolax

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I have taken medicine from different doctor for pain in stomach which feels like need to go to refresh and once done pain goes away Stool is coming bit hard sometime , prescription and medicine i have taken is attached but doesnt provide relief . taken for seven odd days .pls suggest
Dr. Pushkar Mani
Diabetes Specialist
tab dulcolax 5mg once daily in night for 2 week ( stop if u get loose motion)
I am always constipated.i occasionally take dulcolax for relief. I am breastfeeding, can this be the reason. I take about 8 glasses of water a day
Dr. Sfurti Mann
Diabetes Specialist
Take softovac powder 2-3tsp once or twice daily with lots of fluids.Let me know after a weekCan take a paid consult on whatsap
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FAQs

Q. Is Dulcolax a stimulant laxative?
Dulcolax belongs to a group of medicines known as stimulant laxatives which increases bowel movements. Dulcolax is used for recent or long-term constipation. Dulcolax can also be used to clear the bowels before surgery, labor or radiological investigation.
Q. Is Dulcolax safe for long term use?
Dulcolax is recommended to be used only for five days if the cause of constipation is not known. Please consult your doctor regarding its use and use it for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.
Q. Is Dulcolax safe?
Dulcolax is safe if you use it for a prescribed duration and dose as recommended by your doctor. In the case of any side effects, consult your doctor.
Q. Does Dulcolax cause nausea?
Nausea is a common side effect of Dulcolax. Please consult your doctor if you experience excessive nausea while taking Dulcolax.
Q. Does Dulcolax cause cancer?
Dulcolax has not been reported to cause any type of cancer. Please consult your doctor in case you have any further questions on this topic.
Q. Is Dulcolax available over the counter?
Dulcolax is not an over the counter (OTC) drug. It belongs to a class of prescription drugs and should only be taken when advised by a doctor.
Q. Is Dulcolax habit forming?
Dulcolax is not habit forming. However, as with all laxatives, Dulcolax should be taken for a duration as recommended by your doctor.
Q. Is Dulcolax effective?
Dulcolax is effective if used for an approved indication at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.
Q. Is Dulcolax addictive?
Dulcolax is not addictive. However, as with all laxatives, Dulcolax should be taken for a duration as advised by your doctor. When the bowel regularity returns to normal, medicine can usually be stopped. If you need laxatives every day or if you have abdominal pain which does not go away even after taking the medicine, you should consult your doctor.
Q. Can I take Dulcolax for constipation?
Dulcolax is used for the treatment of recent or long term constipation. Dulcolax can also be used to clear the bowels before surgery, labour or radiological investigation.Dulcolax belongs to a group of medicines known as stimulant laxatives. Stimulant laxatives increase bowel movements, thus help in relieving constipation.
Q. Can I take Dulcolax with docusate sodium?
Dulcolax and docusate sodium both belong to a group of medicines called laxatives and hence work similarly. No drug-drug interactions have been reported between the two, so it may be safe to use them together. However, please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together as it may not be very useful to taken them together.
Q. Can I take Dulcolax with prednisone?
Dulcolax can be taken with prednisone. However, Dulcolax can affect the absorption of any medicine taken along with it as it can affect the way a medicine would work. Please consult your doctor before taking any medicine with Dulcolax.
Q. Can I take Dulcolax with senna?
Dulcolax and senna both belong to a group of medicines called laxatives. However, no drug-drug interactions have been reported between the two. This does not mean that interactions cannot occur. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.
Q. Can the use of Dulcolax help lose weight?
Dulcolax does not cause weight loss. Please consult your doctor in case you experience weight loss while taking Dulcolax or you need treatment for weight management.
Q. Does Dulcolax soften stools?
Dulcolax belongs to a group of medicines known as stimulant laxatives that increase bowel movements for the removal of stools. Dulcolax is different from stool softeners as they work by allowing passage of water into the stool mass and softening them.
Q. Does Dulcolax expire?
Yes, Dulcolax does expire. All the medicines come with an expiry date mentioned on the pack. You must check the expiry date before using any medicine.
Q. Does Dulcolax cause diarrhea?
Diarrhea is a common side effect of Dulcolax. Please consult your doctor if you experience intolerable diarrhea with Dulcolax.
Q. Does Dulcolax cause cramping?
Abdominal cramps or pain is a common side effect of Dulcolax. Please consult your doctor if you experience cramps while taking Dulcolax.
Q. Does Dulcolax cause bloating (general swelling that may cause increased abdominal size)?
Bloating has not been observed with Dulcolax. However, Dulcolax may cause abdominal discomfort, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and nausea. Please consult your doctor if you experience bloating with Dulcolax.
Q. Can the use of Dulcolax cause melanosis coli?
Dulcolax belongs to diphenylmethane derived stimulant laxatives and has not been reported to cause melanosis coli. This condition may develop in patients who chronically ingest anthraquinone-containing stimulant laxatives. In this condition, a dark pigment gets deposited in the lamina propria (one of the lining layers in the wall) of the large intestine (colon). Please consult your doctor if you have any symptoms of melanosis coli while taking Dulcolax.
Q. Does Dulcolax get you high?
Dulcolax has not been reported to get you high. Dulcolax is a stimulant laxative used for recent or long-term constipation. Dulcolax can also be used to clear the bowels before surgery, labor or any radiological investigation.

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Information last updated by Dr. Varun Gupta, MD Pharmacology on 1st Dec 2017.
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