Bisacodyl 5 Mg. 30 Tabs – relief from occasional constipation

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Bisacodyl is an organic compound used as a stimulant laxative medication to relieve constipation, a condition in which bowel movements are made difficult.

Want to know about Bisacodyl? It’s an organic compound used as a medication to stimulate bowel movements and relieve constipation. Constipation occurs when it’s difficult to pass hard or dry stools.

What is the purpose of Bisacodyl?

This treatment is used temporarily for occasional constipation when other measures have failed. Initially, it’s recommended to try dietary and lifestyle changes such as increasing fluid and fiber intake, along with physical activity like daily walking or running. If the stools are still soft but difficult to pass, a stimulant laxative like Bisacodyl may be used for short-term relief.

How does it function?

Bisacodyl works by stimulating the enteric nerves in the gastrointestinal tract. This stimulation causes contractions in the colon, known as peristalsis, which helps move stools through the colon and promotes bowel movements.

In addition to its stimulant properties, Bisacodyl is also a contact laxative. It increases the amount of fluid and salt in stools, making them softer. Bisacodyl primarily affects the colon and has minimal impact on the small intestine.

How long does it take to take effect?

When taken orally, it typically starts working quickly. Most people will experience a bowel movement within 6 to 12 hours after taking it. It is often recommended to take Bisacodyl before bedtime to facilitate a bowel movement in the morning.

It’s important to note that some individuals may not feel any effects for several hours after the first dose. Many people report not experiencing any effects immediately but suddenly feeling the urge to pass a bowel movement around 8 hours later.

How should I use Bisacodyl?

Take one to two tablets of Bisacodyl 5mg once a day with water just before going to bed. You can take the medication with or without food, but avoid consuming milk, indigestion remedies, or acid reflux medications simultaneously, as they may interfere with its effectiveness. Leave a one-hour gap between taking Bisacodyl and any of these substances.

Who should avoid using Bisacodyl?

While Bisacodyl is generally well-tolerated by adults, it may not be suitable for certain individuals. Inform your GP or pharmacist if you have:

  • Previously experienced an allergic reaction to Bisacodyl or any other medications
  • Signs of dehydration
  • Nausea, vomiting, or severe stomach pain
  • A serious stomach condition such as intestinal obstruction, appendicitis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, or a muscle deficiency that impairs bowel movement
  • Intolerance to sugars (the tablets contain lactose and sucrose)

What are the possible side effects?

Some people may experience mild side effects when taking it, including nausea, diarrhea, or stomach pain or cramps. In rare cases, more severe side effects may occur. If you encounter dizziness, blood in your stools, or vomiting while taking medication, contact your GP immediately.

Does it aid in weight loss?

Bisacodyl and other stimulant laxatives do not assist with weight loss and should not be used for this purpose. For guidance on safe weight management, consult your GP.

How should I store it?

Store medication in a dry, cool environment below 25°C.


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