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Generic Name: Bisacodyl
Product Name: Bisalax


Bisacodyl is used to
Relieve constipation
Prepare the bowel for diagnostic or surgical procedures requiring the bowel to be empty


Bisacodyl acts by directly stimulating the nerve endings in the mucosa of the colon, increasing the movement of the intestines.

Dose advice

Bisacodyl may be given as follows
5â??15 mg orally given as a single dose at night
10 mg rectally given once a day when required.
Children aged greater than 3 years should be given 5â??10 mg orally as a single dose at night or 5â??10 mg rectally once a day as required.
Children aged less than3 years should be given 5 mg rectally once a day as required.

Bowel preparation
Up to 30 mg orally on the night before the procedure or 10 mg each night for 2 nights before the procedure. This is usually followed by a 10mg bisacodyl suppository on the morning of the procedure.

Elderly patients taking Bisacodyl have an increased risk of faecal incontinence.

Bisacodyl can be used during lactation however, it should only be used occasionally during pregnancy

The onset of action of Bisacodyl is as follows:
Oral: 6â??12 hours
Suppository: 15â??60 minutes
Enema: 5â??15 minutes



Uncommon side effects

Irritation of the rectum
abdominal cramps
Fluid and electrolyte imbalances


For further information talk to your doctor.


Posted On: 22 July, 2003
Modified On: 22 July, 2003

Created by: myVMC