This medication is used for problems such as constipation or for emptying the bowels prior the surgery. It is also used before colonoscopy and x-rays, and another name for this medicine is bisacodyl.
There are some other problems that can be treated with this medicine. One of the most important pieces of advices we can give connected with Dulcolax in never to use it when experiencing nausea, pain and vomiting. You can use them in these situations if the doctor has approved it. Some alteration in the bowel movements can happen after few weeks, but if this happens, visit the doctor as soon as possible. The use of this drug should not be longer than two weeks. This medication can produce bowel movement failure and rectal bleeding, and if this happens, you should eliminate the drug from use.
The use of Dulcolax is prohibited when having intestinal blockage, severe dehydration or constipation, stomach pain, perforated bowel, intolerance to galactose or fructose, alteration of bowel habits for more than 14 days and inflammatory bowel disease. Those who suffer from eating disorders should not use this medication either. You will also need to receive the exact dose of this drug if you are having problems with swallowing, kidney disease, taking diuretics, or have a history of bowel obstruction. Also, pregnant women should mention to their doctor if they are using Dulcolax, and the same should be done if you are breastfeeding. Remember never to give this drug to a child.
There are several possible side effects that can arise from the use of this medication. They can be divided into metabolic and gastrointestinal. Metabolic ones are usually a result of enema preparation kits that have dibasic or monobasic sodium phosphate and they can lead to hypophosphatemia, hypocalcaemia or hypernatremia. There are enemas that do not have these items and they do not produce the mentioned side effects. When we talk about gastrointestinal side effects, the most common are acute nonspecific inflammatory injury of the rectal mucosa. Chronic diarrhea can be caused by the laxative abuse. If the stool has traces of leukocytes, this can suggest the Dulcolax may be responsible for this. This surreptitious abuse can be discovered by the urinalysis. In order to determine if this is the actual problem, the specialist will conduct a urinalysis. Problems such as vomiting and abdominal distension are rare. The most common gastrointestinal side effects are diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal cramping and abdominal distention.