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Drugs reference index «Bisacodyl»



Pronunciation: (BISS-uh-koe-dill)Class: Laxative

Trade Names:Dulcolax- Tablets, enteric-coated 5 mg- Suppositories 10 mg

Trade Names:Fleet Laxative- Tablets, enteric-coated 5 mg- Suppositories 10 mg

Trade Names:Modane- Tablets, enteric-coated 5 mg

Trade Names:Women's Gentle Laxative- Tablets, enteric-coated 5 mg

Trade Names:Bisac-Evac- Tablets, enteric-coated 5 mg- Suppositories 10 mg

Trade Names:Caroid- Tablets, enteric-coated 5 mg

Trade Names:Correctol- Tablets, enteric-coated 5 mg

Trade Names:Feen-a-mint- Tablets, enteric-coated 5 mg

Trade Names:Reliable Gentle Laxative- Tablets, enteric-coated and delayed-release 5 mg- Suppositories 10 mg

Trade Names:Bisacodyl Uniserts- Suppositories 10 mg

APO-Bisacodyl (Canada)Apo-Bisacodyl DR (Canada)Carters Little Pills (Canada)ratio-Bisacodyl (Canada)


Acts as cathartic stimulant.




6 to 10 h.


15 to 60 min.

Indications and Usage

Short-term treatment of constipation; evacuation of colon for rectal and bowel evaluations; preparation for delivery or surgery.


Nausea, vomiting, or other symptoms of appendicitis; acute surgical abdomen; fecal impaction; intestinal obstruction; undiagnosed abdominal pain; ulcerative lesions of colon; rectal fissures; ulcerative hemorrhoids.

Dosage and Administration


PO 10 to 15 mg.

Preparation of Lower GI Tract

Up to 30 mg.

Children older than 6 yr of age

PO 5 to 10 mg (0.3 mg/kg).


PR 10 mg.

Children older than 2 yr of age

PR 10 mg.

Children younger than 2 yr of age

PR 5 mg.


Store tablets and suppositories in tightly closed containers in cool location.

Drug Interactions

Milk or antacids

May cause enteric coating of tablets to dissolve, resulting in gastric lining irritation or gastric indigestion.

Laboratory Test Interactions

None well documented.

Adverse Reactions




Dizziness, fainting.


Excessive bowel activity (griping, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting); perianal irritation; bloating; flatulence; abdominal cramping; proctitis and inflammation.


Sweating, weakness. Suppositories may cause proctitis and inflammation with long-term use.



Category B .




Tablet form not recommended for children younger than 6 yr of age.

Drug dependency

Long-term use may lead to laxative dependency. Long-term abuse results in cathartic colon (poorly functioning colon).

Rectal bleeding or failure to produce bowel movement

May indicate serious condition that may require further medical attention.

Patient Information

  • Inform patient not to take bisacodyl when constipation is accompanied by abdominal pain, fever, nausea or vomiting.
  • Advise patient to use laxative only for short-term therapy; do not use for more than 1 wk.
  • Caution patient that prolonged, frequent, or excessive use of drug may result in dependence and/or electrolyte imbalance.
  • Encourage patient to incorporate high-fiber foods in diet, increase fluid intake (at least 6 to 8 glasses daily) and increase or maintain exercise level.
  • Instruct patient to report the following symptoms to health care provider: unrelieved constipation, rectal bleeding, muscle cramps, pain, weakness, dizziness.

Copyright © 2009 Wolters Kluwer Health.

  • Bisacodyl MedFacts Consumer Leaflet (Wolters Kluwer)
  • bisacodyl Concise Consumer Information (Cerner Multum)
  • Evac-u-gen Chewable Tablets MedFacts Consumer Leaflet (Wolters Kluwer)

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