Information about Bisacodyl

Bisacodyl Uses

Bisacodyl is used in the treatment of constipation.

How Bisacodyl works

Bisacodyl 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 examinations.

Common side effects of Bisacodyl

Vomiting, Bloating, Nausea, Stomach cramp
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Expert advice for Bisacodyl

  • Together with Bisacodyl, taking a 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 Bisacodyl 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 Bisacodyl after 2 hours from other medicines, as it may interfere with the absorption of other medicines.
  • Bisacodyl should be preferably taken at bedtime because it requires 6 to 8 hours to show impact.

Frequently asked questions for Bisacodyl

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Q. Is it safe to use Bisacodyl?

Bisacodyl is safe if you use it for a prescribed duration and dose as recommended by your doctor. In case of any side effects, consult your doctor.

Q. Is Bisacodyl a stimulant laxative?

Yes, Bisacodyl belongs to a group of medicines known as stimulant laxatives which increase bowel movements. Bisacodyl is used for recent or long-term constipation. It can also be used to clear the bowels before surgery, labor or radiological investigation.

Q. Is Bisacodyl habit forming?

Bisacodyl can be habit-forming. Long-term use can make your body depend on the laxative for regular bowel movements, damage the bowel, cause malnutrition, and problems with the amounts of water and salts in your body. Do not use this medicine for longer than directed by your doctor. If your constipation keeps returning, consult your doctor.

Q. Is Bisacodyl effective?

Yes, Bisacodyl is effective if used for an approved indication at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.

Q. Can I take Bisacodyl for constipation?

Bisacodyl is used for the treatment of recent or long-term constipation. Bisacodyl can also be used to clear the bowels before surgery, labor or radiological investigation. Bisacodyl belongs to a group of medicines known as stimulant laxatives. Stimulant laxatives increase bowel movements, thus help in relieving constipation.

Q. Can I take Bisacodyl with senna?

Bisacodyl 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. Therefore, please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.

Q. Can the use of Bisacodyl help lose weight?

Bisacodyl does not cause weight loss. Please consult your doctor in case you experience weight loss while taking Bisacodyl or if you need treatment for weight management.

Q. Does Bisacodyl cause diarrhea?

Diarrhea is a common side effect of Bisacodyl. Please consult your doctor if you experience intolerable diarrhea with Bisacodyl.

Q. Does Bisacodyl cause cramping?

Abdominal cramps or pain is a common side effect of Bisacodyl. Please consult your doctor if you experience cramps while taking Bisacodyl.

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