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Dulcolax belongs to a group of medicines called stimulant laxatives, and is used to relieve constipation. It is available in two formulations: Tablets, which are to be swallowed whole, and an oral suspension which is "Tutti frutti" flavoured. You can buy Dulcolax tablets and liquid over the counter without a prescription.
Before considering taking laxatives to relieve your constipation, you should make appropriate changes to your diet and lifestyle. Such changes may include:
While constipation can be caused by medicines, it's important to speak to your doctor if you suspect that a medicine is to blame. You should never stop taking a medicine prescribed by your doctor without explicit consent from them first.
If you still experience constipation after making changes to your diet or lifestyle, speak to your doctor or a pharmacist for advice. A healthcare professional can discuss the various treatments available and determine which treatments are safe for you.
With Prescription Doctor's convenient online pharmacy, you can buy Dulcolax tablets and Dulcolax Pico Liquid online. We offer a fast and discreet next-day delivery on orders approved before 3pm on weekdays.
Dulcolax tablets contain 5mg of bisacodyl while Dulcolax Pico Liquid contains 5mg of sodium picosulfate.
These ingredients work in a similar way once they reach the intestines.
In the gut, Dulcolax stimulates the nerve endings in the walls of the large intestine and rectum, causing the muscles in the intestinal walls to contract more often and with more force. The action of the muscles contracting - known as peristalsis - pushes faecal matter through the colon towards the rectum, emptying the bowels and relieving constipation.
After taking Dulcolax, you should expect a bowel movement between 8 and 12 hours for Pico Liquid, and between 12 and 72 hours for tablets.
Dulcolax Pico Liquid takes six to twelve hours to start work so should be taken at night to give relief from constipation the following morning.
Always take Dulcolax as described in the leaflet or as the doctor or pharmacist has told you.
Dulcolax is not recommended for use in children or adolescents under 18 years of age.
Stop taking Dulcolax once your bowel regularity has returned to normal.
Dulcolax should not be taken for more than 5 consecutive days. If you need laxatives every day, you should consult a doctor to find the cause of constipation.
You should start by taking 1 tablet before bed. This dose can be increased to 2 tablets before bed, if necessary.
Dulcolax tablets should be swallowed whole with a glass of water.
Do not crush or chew the tablets.
Milk, antacids and proton pump inhibitors should not be taken within an hour before or after taking Dulcolax tablets.
The initial recommended dose of Dulcolax Pico Liquid is one 5 ml spoonfuls before bed. This dose can be increased to two 5ml spoonfuls before bed, if required.
If you forget to take Dulcolax when you should, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for next dose, leave the forgotten dose and take Dulcolax at the next usual time. Do not take more Dulcolax to make up for the dose you missed.
Taking more Dulcolax can lead to dehydration, imbalance of fluids and salts in the body resulting in the tightness of muscles. It can even make you tired and dizzy due to low levels of potassium in the blood (hypokalaemia).
If you have mistakenly taken more Dulcolax than you should, inform your doctor or speak to a pharmacist right away. Take the medicine pack with you that helps the doctor to know what you have taken.
Before you take Dulcolax, it's important to familiarise yourself with the information written inside the patient information leaflet (PIL) enclosed with your treatment. This leaflet contains instructions on how to safely use and store this medicine, as well as important safety information regarding side effects and contraindications.
You can view the PILs for Dulcolax online:
All medicines can cause side effects, though not everybody taking the medicine experiences them. Understanding the risks and being aware of any possible side effects is important while taking Dulcolax.
Very common side effects (may affect more than 1 in 10 people):
Common side effects (may affect less than 1 in 10 people):
Uncommon side effects (may affect less than 1 in 100 people):
This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. Further information regarding the safety of Durolax, including a complete list of side effects, can be found within the patient information leaflet enclosed with your medicine.
Do not take Dulcolax if you are allergic to sodium picosulfate, bisacodyl, or any of the other ingredients listed in the PIL.
Signs of an allergic reaction may include:
If you are pregnant, think you might be pregnant, planning on becoming pregnant, or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor or a pharmacist before taking Dulcolax.
Always speak to your doctor before you take Dulcolax.
When measuring out Dulcolax Pico Liquid, it is important to use a medical spoon rather than a kitchen teaspoon. Using a kitchen spoon to administer Dulcolax Pico Liquid may result in the wrong dose; too much or too little. You can buy medicine spoons from your local pharmacy.
Please inform our doctor of all medicines you are currently taking, including those prescribed by your doctor, or bought over the counter, as well as health and herbal supplements.
Do not take Dulcolax past the expiry date printed on the packaging. The date refers to the last day of the specified month.
Never throw away medicine via household or water waste. Take any unwanted or expired medication to your pharmacy and ask them to dispose of it safely on your behalf.
Always store Dulcolax out of sight and reach from children and pets.
Never share your medicine with anybody else, even if they are experiencing the same symptoms or have the same condition as you.
While alcohol is unlikely to interact with Dulcolax, excessive alcohol consumption may make your constipation symptoms worse.
Dulcolax should not impact your ability to drive or operate machinery. If you experience any side effects which may affect your cognitive ability, such as dizziness, you should refrain from driving or activities which require your undivided attention until you feel safe to do so.
You should notice an improvement in your symptoms within 2 to 3 days of taking Dulcolax.
You should not take Dulcolax for longer than five days. If the symptoms of constipation do not improve, or indeed worsen after using Dulcolax for five days, consult a doctor or a pharmacist for advice.
No, Dulcolax is not a weight loss aid and will not help to reduce the absorption of calories or nutrients.
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