Bisacodyl is used for the short-term relief of occasional constipation. Bisacodyl belongs to a group of medicines known as stimulant laxatives, which increase bowel movements. This medicine does not help with weight loss.
Dulcolax® 10mg suppositories can provide constipation relief within 30 minutes. For adults and children from the age of 10.
Dulcolax® 10mg suppositories can be manually inserted for relief within 30 minutes.
Directions for use:
Adults and children 12 years and over:
Put one 10 mg suppository into the back passage for immediate effect. Only use one suppository per day.
This product should not be used in children or adolescents under the age of 12 years.
- Bisacodyl Suppositories should not be swallowed
- To remove a suppository, tear one from the strip along the perforations, then peel the plastic from it by grasping the two halves of the wrapping at the tip of the suppository and pulling them gently apart.
- Lie on one side and pull your knees up towards your chest. Keep one leg drawn up more than the other
- Use your first finger (index finger) or middle finger to push in the suppository
- Gently push the suppository as far as possible into your back passage, pointed end first
- Once it is as far as it will go, push it side-ways to make sure it touches the wall of the bowel
- Lower your legs to a comfortable position whilst the suppository is retained in place
- Keep the suppository inside you for at least 30 minutes
- If you feel the suppository might come out straight away: You may not have put it in high enough. Push it in as far as possible. Try to keep it in for 30 minutes, even if you feel like you urgently need to go to the toilet. This is how long it takes to work.
Length of treatment
These suppositories should not be used every day for more than 5 days. If you need laxatives every day, then you should see your doctor to find the cause of your constipation. Overuse can be harmful
Do not use Bisacodyl Suppositories if:
you are allergic (hypersensitive) to bisacodyl or any of the other ingredients of Bisacodyl Suppositories, listed below.
- you have severe abdominal pain with nausea and vomiting
- you have severe dehydration
- you have serious abdominal condition called ‘ileus’ (in the small intestine)
- you have serious abdominal condition such as appendicitis
- you have blocked bowel (intestinal obstruction)
- you have inflammation of the bowel (small or large intestine)
- you have cracking of the skin around your back passage (anal fistules)
- you have inflammation or ulcers around your back passage (ulcerative proctitis)
The active substance is 10 milligrams (mg) of Bisacodyl BP. The other ingredient is Witepsol H15
Keep all medicines out the sight and reach of children.
Always consult the Patient Information Leaflet before using this medicine