DULCOLEX: Uses, Dosage, Price, Side Effects, Precautions & More


What is dulcolax?

  • Dulcolax is known as a stimulant laxative.
  • Dulcolax is a stool softener, which is used in the treatment of constipation by preventing dry and hard stools.
  • It is also used before certain medical procedures to empty the bowels.

Uses of dulcolax

  • Dulcolax is used to treat constipation.
  • It may also be used to clean out the intestines before a bowel surgery or examination.

How does dulcolax work?

  • It works by increasing the movement of the intestines, helping the stool to come out.

How to take dulcolax?

  • It is marketed as enteric coated and regular tablets.
  • To avoid drug activation in the stomach with consequent gastric irritation and cramping, patients should swallow tablets without chewing or crushing.

Common Dosage

  • The usual oral daily dose of dulcolax is 10-15 mg for adults. 1-3 times in a day.
  • 5-10 mg for children ages 6-12 years old. For children only once in a day.

When to avoid dulcolax?

  • To avoid drug activation in the stomach with consequent gastric irritation and cramping avoid antacid medications within 1 hour of the ingestion of dulcolax.
  • Corticosteroids (e.g., dexamethasone, hydrocortisone and prednisone) are to be taken 2 hours after or before dulcolax.
  • Proton pump inhibitors like omeprazole interact with dulcolax, thus need to be avoided with it.

Precautions when taking dulcolax

  • Do not take dulcolax if you are allergic to it.
  • Do not take dulcolax if you are lactose intolerant.
  • Discontinue if rectal bleeding or no bowel movement occurs.
  • Do not use if abdominal pain, nausea or vomiting is present.
  • Dulcolax is contraindicated in severe dehydration.

Side Effects

  • Abdominal cramps
  • Fainting
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Stomach discomfort and pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea and vomiting

Effects on organs

  • Gastrointestinal- Can initiate an inflammatory response in the small bowel and colon. It can harm the mucosa.


  • Keep it in a dry, air tight container.
  • Keep it away from direct heat or moisture.
  • Keep it out of reach of the children.

Pro Tips

  • Take the tablets at night to produce a bowel movement the following morning.


Is dulcolax addictive?

  • No

Can I have dulcolax with alcohol?

  • No, it may worsen the condition causing severe dehydration and constipation.

Any particular food item to be avoided?

  • Avoid milk within 1 hour of the ingestion of dulcolax to avoid gastric irritation.

Can I have dulcolax when pregnant?

  • No, ask your doctor before consuming it.

Can I have dulcolax when feeding a baby?

  • Yes, dulcolax is safe while breast feeding.

Can I drive after taking dulcolax?

  • Yes, it is rare to be dizzy while taking dulcolax.

What happens if I overdose on dulcolax?

  • Over dosage can lead to catharsis and fluid and electrolyte deficits.

What happens if I eat expired dulcolax?

  • It is advised to not to take expired medicines.

What happens if I miss a dose of dulcolax?

  • Take the next dose at scheduled time. Never take more than dose for a missed one.
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