is known as an effective medicine in treating constipation
or difficulty in your normal bowel movement. It is considered as a stimulant laxative capable of contracting the muscles in the colon
allowing the release of stools. It also helps in comforting people who are suffering from hemorrhoids
. Dulcolax can also be used with other medical purposes depending on the advice of the doctor.
Dulcolax comes with either in a tablet or capsule form which can be administered orally. It should be taken with one full glass of water. It is important to take the medicine as a whole and avoid chewing
it. There are also variants of Dulcolax which can be used as suppository which are usually for adult patients. The dosage for Dulcolax shall be determined by the doctor because of some factors that must be considered such as the age and health condition of the patient.
As much as possible, avoid missing the dosage prescribed by your doctor so as not to interfere with the effectiveness of the medicine. In the event that you have missed a dose, you must ensure to take it the soonest time possible but never take two dosages in one time because this will lead to serious medical problem due to over dosage. Consult your doctor if you are unsure of what to do. It is also important to read the instructions that come with the package.
There are some important precautions you must know before using Dulcolax. Before using Dulcolax, it is recommended to inform you are doctor if you have been using medicines such as antacids, cimetidine
, nizatidine, ranitidine, famotidine
, rabeprazole, lansoprazole
and other types of medicines to avoid any adverse effects.
You must also inform your doctor if you are suffering from stomach
or if you are pregnant or breast
feeding your baby. By informing your doctor, she or he can determine if you can safely use Dulcolax or can provide the recommended dosage based on your condition. This is especially very important for young children.
In the case of difficulty in your bowel movement or you experience rectal bleeding after several dosage of Dulcolax, you must immediately avoid intake of the medicine and visit your doctor as soon as possible because you might need serious medical attention.
Dulcolax should never be used for more than two weeks unless it is prescribed by your medical provider.
Some people can experience side effects after using Dulcolax. Some of the known side effects associated with Dulcolax can cause difficulty in breathing, swelling
of different parts of the body commonly on the face, rectal bleeding, frequent vomiting
or severe stomach pain. It may also cause abnormal weakness or tiredness of the body, abnormal heartbeat, confusion
and unusual color of urine.
Dulcolax may also cause minor side effects such as mild nausea, dizziness
, cramps, diarrhea
and upset stomach. There are other side effects which might occur so it would be best to immediately inform your doctor about it.
Dulcolax has the following structural formula:
• Molecular formula of dulcolax is C22H19NO4
• Chemical IUPAC Name is (pyridin-2-ylmethanediyl)dibenzene-4,1-diyl diacetate
• Molecular weight is 361.391 g/mol