Dulcolax

Dulcolax relieves occasional constipation and irregularity. Dulcolax can cause stomach discomfort, faintness or cramps.

Dulcolax Overview

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Dulcolax relieves occasional constipation and irregularity.

Dulcolax belongs to a group of drugs called stimulant laxatives. It works by increasing activity of the intestines to cause a bowel movement.

This medication comes in tablet form and is typically taken once a day as needed, with a full glass of water.  Do not use Dulcolax within 1 hour after taking an antacid or milk.

Do not chew or crush tablet(s). Swallow tablets whole.

Dulcolax also comes as a suppository and is typically given once a day as needed.

Common side effects of Dulcolax include stomach discomfort, faintness and/or cramps.

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Uses of Dulcolax

Dulcolax relieves occasional constipation and irregularity. Dulcolax is also used to empty the bowels before surgery and certain medical procedures.

This medication may be prescribed for other uses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

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Dulcolax Drug Class

Dulcolax is part of the drug class:

Side Effects of Dulcolax

Dulcolax tablets

Common side effects include:

  • stomach discomfort
  • faintness
  • cramps

Dulcolax suppository

Common side effects include:

  • stomach discomfort
  • faintness
  • rectal burning
  • mild cramps

This is not a complete list of Dulcolax side effects. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Dulcolax Precautions

Stop use and ask a doctor if:

  • you have rectal bleeding or fail to have a bowel movement after use of a laxative. These could be signs of a serious condition.
  • you need to use a laxative for more than 1 week unless directed by a doctor
  •  no bowel movement within 30 minutes of enema use

Do not take/use Dulcolax if you:

  • are allergic to Dulcolax or to any of its ingredients
  • if you cannot swallow without chewing (tablets)

 

Inform MD

Before taking Dulcolax, tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions. Especially tell your doctor if you:

  • are allergic to Dulcolax or to any of its ingredients
  • have stomach pain, nausea or vomiting
  • have a sudden change in bowel habits that lasts more than 2 weeks
  • already used a laxative for more than 1 week
  • are pregnant or breastfeeding

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Dulcolax and Pregnancy

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant before using Dulcolax.

Dulcolax and Lactation

Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed before using Dulcolax.

 

Dulcolax Usage

Take Dulcolax exactly as directed.

Dulcolax comes in tablet and suppository form and is taken once a day as needed. Do NOT take/use Dulcolax tablets and/or suppository for longer than 1 week unless directed by a doctor.

Dulcolax tablets

Dulcolax tablets generally produces bowel movement in 6 to 12 hours

  • do not chew or crush tablet(s)
  • take with a glass of water
  • do not use within 1 hour after taking an antacid or milk

Dulcolax suppository

Dulcolax suppository generally produces bowel movement in 15 minutes to 1 hour

  • Detach one suppository from the strip and remove from foil
  • Carefully insert one suppository well into the rectum

Dulcolax Overdose

In case of overdose, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.

Other Requirements

Tablets:

  • Store Dulcolax tablets at 25ºC (77ºF)
  • Avoid excessive humidity
  • Keep this and all medicines out of the reach of children.

Suppository:

  • Store at room temperature: 15°- 30° C (59° - 86° F). Do not exceed 30° C (86° F)
  • Individually sealed for your protection. Do not use if foil is torn or open
  • Keep this and all medicines out of the reach of children.