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Bisacodyl

Generic Name: bisacodyl (oral and rectal) (bis AK oh dil)
Brand Name: Alophen, Bisac-Evac, Bisco-Lax, Carters Little Pills, Correctol, Doxidan Tablet, Ducodyl, Dulcolax Laxative, Evac-U-Gen, Ex-lax Ultra, Feen-A-Mint, Fleet Bisacodyl, Gen Lax, Magic Bullet, Veracolate, ...show all 25 brand names
Physician reviewed bisacodyl (oral and rectal) (oral and rectal) patient information - includes bisacodyl (oral and rectal) description, dosage and directions.

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Drug Information:
Bisacodyl is a laxative that stimulates bowel movements. Bisacodyl is used to treat constipation or to empty the bowels before surgery, colonoscopy, x-rays, or other intestinal medical procedure. Bisacodyl may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide. Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare prOviders about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use. You should not use bisacodyl if you are allergic to it, or if you have: Learn more

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Bisacodyl Side Effects

For the Consumer

Applies to bisacodyl: oral tablets delayed-release, rectal suppositories, rectal suspension

Side effects include:

Some degree of abdominal discomfort, nausea, cramps, griping, and/or faintness with therapeutic doses.

Diarrhea, GI irritation, and fluid and electrolyte depletion.

Gastric irritation and the possibility of vomiting if enteric coating of tablets is disrupted. (See Advice to Patients.)

Rectal administration of bisacodyl suspensions or suppositories may cause irritation and a sensation of burning of the rectal mucosa and mild proctitis.

Hepatotoxicity if sufficient tannic acid is absorbed from bisacodyl tannex.

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to bisacodyl: compounding powder, oral delayed release tablet, rectal enema, rectal suppository

General

ENEMA: The most commonly reported side effects included abdominal discomfort, faintness, mild cramps, and rectal burning.

SUPPOSITORY: The most commonly reported side effects included abdominal discomfort, faintness, mild cramps, and rectal burning.

TABLET: The most commonly reported side effects included cramps, faintness, and stomach discomfort.

Gastrointestinal

Prolonged use of this drug may result in diarrhea with excessive water and electrolyte loss, especially potassium.

Colic was treated with atropine derivatives.

ENEMA:

Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Vomiting

Frequency not reported: Abdominal discomfort, abdominal pain, colic, cramping, diarrhea, epigastralgia, nausea, proctitis, mild cramps, tenesmus

SUPPOSITORY:

Common (1% to 10%): Abdominal cramps, abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Abdominal discomfort, blood in stool/hematochezia, vomiting

Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Colitis, ischemic colitis

Frequency not reported: Abdominal spasm, atonic, nonfunctioning colon, defecation, diarrhea with excessive water and electrolyte loss, mild cramps, proctitis

TABLET:

Common (1% to 10%): Abdominal cramps, abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Abdominal discomfort, anorectal discomfort, blood in stool/ hematochezia, vomiting

Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Colitis, ischemic colitis

Frequency not reported: Abdominal spasm, colic, cramps/cramping, defecation, epigastralgia, proctitis, stomach discomfort, tenesmus

Nervous system

ENEMA:

Frequency not reported: Faintness, syncope

SUPPOSITORY:

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Dizziness

Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Syncope

Frequency not reported: Faintness, vasovagal response

TABLET:

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Dizziness

Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Syncope

Frequency not reported: Faintness, vasovagal response

Local

ENEMA:

Frequency not reported: Local rectal irritation, rectal burning

SUPPOSITORY:

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Anorectal discomfort, rectal irritation

Frequency not reported: Rectal burning

Hypersensitivity

ENEMA:

Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Anaphylactoid reactions, angioedema, hypersensitivity reactions

SUPPOSITORY:

Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Anaphylactic reactions, angioedema, hypersensitivity

TABLET:

Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Anaphylactic reactions, anaphylactoid reactions, angioedema, hypersensitivity reactions/hypersensitivity

Dermatologic

ENEMA:

Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Mild, transient skin reactions

SUPPOSITORY:

Frequency not reported: Sloughing of the epithelium

TABLET:

Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Mild, transient skin reactions

Metabolic

SUPPOSITORY:

Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Dehydration

TABLET:

Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Dehydration

Immunologic

ENEMA:

Frequency not reported: Slight indisposition

TABLET:

Frequency not reported: Slight indisposition

Editorial References and Review

Medically reviewed by USARx EDITORIAL TEAM Last updated on 1/1/2020.

Source: Drugs.com Bisacodyl (www.drugs.com/mtm/bisacodyl-oral-and-rectal.html).