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Biscodyl And Pregnancy
My girlfriend is taking BC pills (yasmin (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) 24/4) but she has to take bisacodyl sometimes she takes them at the same time, is there any risk of pregnancy?
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Other options: There are many preps available. Options will vary with the endoscopist. It is best to discuss this with your doctor as he is the one who will advise you on the prep. A common option is a golytlely or CoLyte (polyethylene glycol) prep which involves consuming 4 liters of a peg solution. ...Read more
Yes, but: What are you treating? Bisacodyl is a laxative. Bentyl (dicyclomine) is an antispasmodic. To some extent the laxative would cause cramps to cause a movement and ease constipation. If this is your primary problem then you should just take the laxative. If cramps is the primary problem and you are not constipated, you don't need a laxative. ...Read more
It is ok to take: No reason not to take your analgesics. ...Read more
Many options: There are many preps available. Options will vary with the endoscopist. It is best to discuss this with your doctor as he is the one who will advise you on the prep. A common option is a golytlely or CoLyte (polyethylene glycol) prep which involves consuming 4 liters of a peg solution. ...Read more
Probably not: Stool softeners, like colace (docusate sodium) or surfak, CAN be taken pretty much indefinitely, but bisacodyl is a stimulant, and there is good and long-standing evidence that continuous long-term use of such drugs produce a "lazy bowel, " so that the bowel cannot react normally. Eventually people can't have bowel movements without the med, and tolerance develops. So, I wouldn't recommend it. Find the cause ...Read more
How does the dosage compare Bisacodyl vs Senna? Ex. 5mg Bisacodyl would be equivalent to how much Senna?
Doesn't matter: If one medication is working well, why change? If it is not working well, and you want to switch or add the other one start at the recommended starting dose for that specific medication. Hope this helps! ...Read more
Different: These are different drugs with different mechanism of actions. It is like comparing an apple to an orange. Biscodyl is a stimulant laxative directly working on the smooth muscles of the intestines. Docusate is simply a stool softener working by allowing increased absorption of fat and water. ...Read more
Similar effect: Biscodyl is fairly safe chemical available in tablet, suppository & enema form. Acts directly on colonic nerves to stumulate contractions which lead to mechanical expulsion of stool. Also have effect of increasing fluid & sodium secretion in bowel. Sennosides r derived from senna leaves, available in tablet or liquid form, is converted into bowel contraction stimulant form by colonic bacteria. ...Read more
Yes: Would depend on the clinical situation, but would be best to check with your doctor. ...Read more