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.
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.
Stomach discomfort and pain
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.
Take the tablets at night to produce a bowel movement the following morning.
FAQs Is dulcolax addictive?
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.