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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dulcolax (Overview)

Dulcolax is a laxative which is a kind of gastroenterology drug.


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What is better Dulcolax or miralax (polyethylene glycol)?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dulcolax (Overview)

Dulcolax is a laxative which is a kind of gastroenterology drug.


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Help! I've eaten half a Dulcolax tablet! What can happen?

Help! I've eaten half a Dulcolax tablet! What can happen?

Agree w Dr. Singer: It may not have any impact or it may cause you to move your bowels or to have loose stools.

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Dr, I have piles and would like to know if I can use Dulcolax tablets?

Dr, I have piles and would like to know if I can use Dulcolax tablets?

Yes: Dulcolax is a brand of bisacodyl which is a stimulant laxative. You can read more here https://online. Epocrates. Com/noframe/showpage. Do? Method=otcs&monographid=2242&activesectionid=10. By "piles", I assume you mean hemorrhoids, which is associated w/constipation for which bisacodyl is a temporary solution. But do not use for a prolonged period of time as your colon will become dependent upon it.

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How long does it take Dulcolax to work?

How long does it take Dulcolax to work?

Ducolax -depends on: Product. Dulcolax Laxative Suppositories can reportedly lead to bowel movement as quickly as 15 minutes. Dulcolax Laxative Tablets usually work overnight (6 to 12 hours).

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Took Dulcolax around 1am it is now 10am it usually works within minutes but nothing happened no bm should I go to the ER or wait feel bloated n gassy?

Took Dulcolax around 1am it is now 10am it usually works within minutes but nothing happened no bm should I go to the ER or wait feel bloated n gassy?

Taking too often?: Before you contemplate long term laxative dependency, seek medical evaluation--rule out metabolic causes of constipation (e.g. Low thyroid or adrenal conditions), distinguish slow versus normal transit constipation, consider a primary rectal dysfunction that may be treatable with biofeedback, check for structural pathology or extrinsic impingement, or intermittent ileus (e.g. Pseudo-obstruction).

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Does old Dulcolax have any side effects?

Does old Dulcolax have any side effects?

Same as new: It's a stimulant laxative; will cause cramps, bowel movement, maybe diarrhea. Can lead to dehydration, fluid imbalance if overdone. Chances are old dulcolax will still retain pharmacologic activity, i.e. It'll still work. No additional toxicity if it is old.

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Need to know does using Dulcolax frequently cause any side effect?

Need to know does using Dulcolax frequently cause any side effect?

Dulcolax: Some of the most common potential side effects with Dulcolax are diarrhea, abdominal cramps/pain, indigestion, ^ gas, weakness, feeling dizzy, ^ thirst and nausea. Dulcolax should not be used frequently/ long term - your body can become used to laxatives with resulting complications.

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What are side effects of Dulcolax?

What are side effects of Dulcolax?

Few: All in all, a fairly safe drug. Since it is a stimulant laxative, some common side effects include: abdominal cramping, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting.

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How long will Dulcolax diarrhea efect will take? My wife took 2 last night

Half life 16hr: This bowel stimulant medication is metabolized in the body and roughly 1/2 is gone @ 16hrs with 1/2 the remaining med gone after another 16hr. The diarrhea effect is a listed side effect & varies per individual. As the medication level drops the stimulant effect will diminish. Some bulking food items like bananas, apples or pasta may help slow the diarrhea naturally.

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For what length of time do the effects of Dulcolax last before they start to wear off?

For what length of time do the effects of Dulcolax last before they start to wear off?

Roughly 16-18hrs: The half-life of dulcolax is about 8 hours, hence one can surmise that the effects will be lasting roughly a day.

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Taking overdose Dulcolax can cause sudden death?

Taking overdose Dulcolax can cause sudden death?

No: Dulcolax is generally safe even in fairly high doses, although it can cause diarrhea and electrolyte disturbances from that. I suppose if the diarrhea wasn't treated severe enough electrolyte imbalances could occur to cause a heart arrhythmia, but that's a stretch.

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Constipated for 3-4 days and have hemorrhoid. Dulcolax stool softener & preparation h cream doesn't help much. So painful when stool try to pass. Help?

Constipated for 3-4 days and have hemorrhoid. Dulcolax stool softener & preparation h cream doesn't help much. So painful when stool try to pass. Help?

May need surgery: If stool softeners don't help, the hemorrhoid could be thrombosed or clotted. The swelling can be very painful. You could possible have a fissure or tear and those are very painful as well. Other rx meds can possibly help or you may need surgery. See your doctor to determine the right course of therapy.

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How many Dulcolax can I take in a day?

How many Dulcolax can I take in a day?

Taking too often?: Before you contemplate long term laxative dependency, seek medical evaluation--rule out metabolic causes of constipation (e.g. Low thyroid or adrenal conditions), distinguish slow versus normal transit constipation, consider a primary rectal dysfunction that may be treatable with biofeedback, check for structural pathology or extrinsic impingement, or intermittent ileus (e.g. Pseudo-obstruction).

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How often can I take dulcolax?

How often can I take dulcolax?

Once per day: Taking more than one per day could lead to relying on the medication for normal bowel movements.

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Is it ok to take dulcolax everyday?

Is it ok to take dulcolax everyday?

Taking too often?: Before you contemplate long term laxative dependency, seek medical evaluation--rule out metabolic causes of constipation (e.g. Low thyroid or adrenal conditions), distinguish slow versus normal transit constipation, consider a primary rectal dysfunction that may be treatable with biofeedback, check for structural pathology or extrinsic impingement, or intermittent ileus (e.g. Pseudo-obstruction).

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How many Dulcolax can I take in a day?

Taking too often?: Before you contemplate long term laxative dependency, seek medical evaluation--rule out metabolic causes of constipation (e.g. Low thyroid or adrenal conditions), distinguish slow versus normal transit constipation, consider a primary rectal dysfunction that may be treatable with biofeedback, check for structural pathology or extrinsic impingement, or intermittent ileus (e.g. Pseudo-obstruction).

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How long does it take Dulcolax to work?

Ducolax -depends on: Product. Dulcolax Laxative Suppositories can reportedly lead to bowel movement as quickly as 15 minutes. Dulcolax Laxative Tablets usually work overnight (6 to 12 hours).

Dr. Michael Finkelstein
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