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Dulcolax Tablet


Overview

Introduction of Dulcolax Tablet

Dulcolax Tablet is a medicine used to treat constipation. It is a laxative and helps you empty your bowels. Sometimes it is used by hospitals before surgery or some internal examinations or treatments. It works by increasing movement in the intestine.

Dulcolax Tablet is best taken at night when it is used to treat constipation. Tablets should be swallowed whole – do not chew, break or crush them. It is recommended to start with the lowest dose and increase if you need to, but do not exceed the maximum daily dose. Once your bowel movements are regular, you can reduce the dose and usually stop taking it. You should not use this medicine for more than a few days unless your doctor tells you to. Some lifestyle changes can help with constipation, for example eating more fibre in foods such as fruit, vegetables and cereals, drinking plenty of fluids and taking regular exercise.

The most common side effects of taking this medicine are stomach pain, diarrhea and feeling sick. These are usually mild and go away after a couple of days. If they persist, your doctor or pharmacist may suggest ways of preventing or reducing them.

Before using this medicine you should tell your doctor if you have a blockage in your bowel, upset stomach or your bowel movements have been different for more than two weeks. Some medicines and some foods can interfere with the way this medicine works so discuss this with your doctor to make sure you are safe. You should not normally take other treatments for constipation while using this medicine and dairy products should not be eaten or drunk at the same time. Dulcolax Tablet is not generally recommended if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Uses of Dulcolax Tablet

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 Tablet is to be taken empty stomach.

How Dulcolax Tablet works

Dulcolax 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
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
It is not known whether it is safe to consume alcohol with Dulcolax Tablet. Please consult your doctor.
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Dulcolax Tablet may be unsafe to use during pregnancy. Although there are limited studies in humans, animal studies have shown harmful effects on the developing baby. Your doctor will weigh the benefits and any potential risks before prescribing it to you. Please consult your doctor.
Lactation
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Dulcolax Tablet is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug does not represent any significant risk to the baby.
Driving
UNSAFE
Dulcolax Tablet may cause side effects which could affect your ability to drive.
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
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
There is limited information available on the use of Dulcolax Tablet in patients with kidney disease. Please consult your doctor.
Use of Dulcolax Tablet is generally not advised if there is associated vomiting as the loss of body water can be harmful to kidney function.
Liver
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
There is limited information available on the use of Dulcolax 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 Tablet, skip it and continue with your normal schedule. Do not double the dose.

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Expert Advice

  • Together with Dulcolax 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 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 Tablet after 2 hours from other medicines, as it may interfere with the absorption of other medicines.
  • Dulcolax 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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My mother PATIENT is suffering from constipation and from last 5 days she has no clear stool. Her stool get hard and stuck. Please advice any medecine
Dr. Debashis Mukherjee
General Physician
Give her DULCOLAX suppositories adult 2 such per rectum wait for half hour and take her to toilet later on will advice accordingly
I have peoblem of gas always.i go tp many doctors but they r failed i have also problem of kabji
Dr. Asmita Kaundal
Infertility and Gynaecologist
Hello sir. Change your life style. daily exercise, lot of water at least 3 lts a day. include more salads and roughage to the diet. Avoid spicy and fatty food . iF this does not solve the problem for gastritis take Pan 40 before breakfast daily fro 10 days along with the above mentioned life style modifications. for constipation you can have syrup dulcolax 2 table spoon before going to bed.
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FAQs

Q. Is it safe to use Dulcolax?

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. 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 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. 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 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 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 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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