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USES: This medication is used to treat constipation or to clean out the intestinal tract before bowel examinations or bowel surgery.

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This medication is used to treat constipation or to clean out the intestinal tract before bowel examinations or bowel surgery.
  • To help prevent constipation, drink 4 to 6 glasses of water daily, eat dietary fiber and/or leafy substances and exercise regularly.

  • Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (between 15 and 30 degrees C) away from moisture and sunlight.
  • Do not store in the bathroom.

How To Use
  • Swallow the tablets whole with a full glass of water or juice.
  • Do not crush or chew the tablets.
  • The tablets should work within 6 to 10 hours.
  • Do not take the tablets within one hour of taking any milk or dairy products.
  • Severe stomach cramps and vomiting may occur.
  • Bisacodyl should not be used longer than seven days without consulting your doctor.
  • Prolonged use can lead to laxative dependence.
  • Because this medication must be swallowed whole, do not give it to a child less than 6 years of age.

Side Effects
  • This medication may cause stomach ache, cramping, weakness, sweating, irritation of the rectal area, diarrhea, or dizziness.
  • Notify your doctor if you experience chest pain, fainting, rectal bleeding or, after using this medication, a lack of a bowel movement.
  • If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

  • Do not take bisacodyl without consulting your doctor if you have severe nausea, vomiting, gastritis, other stomach/intestinal problems, recent abdominal surgery, rectal bleeding, vitamin/mineral deficiencies, appendicitis or if you have had an allergic reaction to this medication.
  • Frequent use of laxatives can cause dehydration and loss of essential nutrients.
  • Symptoms can include muscle cramps, muscle weakness or dizziness.
  • Maintain adequate fluid intake while using this medication.
  • Before using bisacodyl, tell your doctor if you are pregnant.
  • It is not known if bisacodyl is excreted into breast milk.
  • Consult your doctor.

Missed Dose
  • If you miss a dose, skip the missed dose.
  • Do not double the dose.

Drug Interactions
  • Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription drugs you may use, especially of potassium supplements, antacids, acid blockers (e.g., cimetidine, famotidine, ranitidine) and if you use other laxatives.
  • Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

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