Bisacodyl review

Bisacodyl is a stimulant which works as a laxative and is available in a wide range of brand names and forms. Being a stimulant laxative, it works by directly stimulating the nerve endings of the smooth muscles of the colon and causes them to contract strongly and more rapidly – encouraging bowel movement. It is available as 5 mg oral tablets, 10 mg suppositories for adults and 5 mg suppositories for children. It is also prepared as a liquid enema containing 10 mg of bisacodyl. It is primarily used for relieving constipation and managing other bowel syndromes. It is also used by doctors to clear the colon for surgery and procedures like X-rays and ultrasound.

It is given to those suffering from constipation to relieve them from their discomfort and facilitate the release of waste. It is also given to patients prior to undergoing procedures or surgery which requires complete evacuation of the bowels.

Bisacodyl tablets should be taken exactly according to the doctor’s specific instructions or as directed by the instructions on the packaging. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you do not understand the instructions.

Each dose of bisacodyl tablets should be taken with water. Tablets are meant to be swallowed who, so chewing or crushing the tablets in your mouth is highly discouraged. It is also not recommended to take bisacodyl within an hour of drinking milk or taking an antacid medication.

If you are using a bisacodyl suppository, prepare the suppository by moistening it with lukewarm water to make insertion easier. Then, lie on your left side with your right knee bent a little bit. Using your finger, gently push the suppository into your rectum. If it can be helped, avoid bowel moevements for 10 to 15 minutes to maximize the effects of the suppository.

When using bisacodyl enemas, it is important to shake the bottle containing the enema to ensure proper distribution of bisacodyl. Uncap the applicator tip and hold the bottle by the neck to prevent spilling. Then, gently insert the applicator into the rectum. Now inside your rectum, position the nozzle so as it is aimed at your navel. Then, gently and steadily squeeze the bottle to administer the enema. Continue until all the medication has been transferred.

Bowel movement will occurs usually within 15 to 20 minutes for the enema, 15 to an hour for the suppository, and the tablets will take a longer period of time – anything between 6 to 12 hours. Do not take bisacodyl for more than a week unless instructed by your doctor.

Bisacodyl medication may cause different kinds of side effects. The bisacodyl enemea may cause stomachaches, cramps, sweating, rectal irritation, or diarrhea. More serious effects include fainting and bleeding from the rectum. Bisacodyl tablets may cause also cause uncomfortable stomach cramping.

Allergic reactions may also cause swelling, rashes and itchiness and fever.

Watch out for rectal bleeding and sudden bowel movement changes 2 weeks and longer, as these may be very dangerous effects needing medical attention. Also, do not take bisacodyl if you are currently experiencing stomach pain, cramps or vomting.

Bisacodyl has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of bisacodyl

• Molecular formula of bisacodyl is C22H19NO4
• Chemical IUPAC Name is (pyridin-2-ylmethanediyl)dibenzene-4,1-diyl diacetate
• Molecular weight is 361.391 g/mol

Brand name(s): Alophen, Correctol, Dulcolax, Fleet

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