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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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). ...Read more

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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). ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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). ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How often can you take dulcolax?

How often can you take dulcolax?

Manufacturer: states Dulcolax can be taken "Occasionally" as needed for constipation. ...Read more

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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). ...Read more

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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). ...Read more

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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). ...Read more

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Took 3 Dulcolax but nothing happened? What do I do?

Took 3 Dulcolax but nothing happened? What do I do?

Hydrate, hydrate: Stay well hydrated (at least 8 - 8 ounces glasses of water per day). Try to get in 5 servings of vegetables and 4 servings of fruit per day – get that fiber in. Stay physically active if possible. There are a number of over the counter laxatives that can be taken orally to help pass retained fecal matter. See your medical provider if unable to pass stool after these options have been tried. ...Read more

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I took 3 Dulcolax but nothing happened. Alternatives?

I took 3 Dulcolax but nothing happened. Alternatives?

Constipation: Stay well hydrated (at least 8 - 8 ounces glasses of water per day). Try to get in 5 servings of vegetables and 4 servings of fruit per day – get that fiber in. Stay physically active if possible. There are a number of over the counter laxatives that can be taken orally to help pass retained fecal matter. See your medical provider if unable to pass stool after these options have been tried. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Is it bad if i'm taking Dulcolax almost every single day?

Is it bad if i'm taking Dulcolax almost every single day?

Once per day: Taking more than one per day could lead to relying on the medication for normal bowel movements. I would make sure you have routine follow-up with your doctor. ...Read more

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Hi, is it ok if i will take Dulcolax once a week or every sunday?

Hi, is it ok if i will take Dulcolax once a week or every sunday?

Not harmful but why?: Why would you take Dulcolax once a week and why on sunday? Dulcolax is a stimulant laxative which should only be used for significant constipation, when other means (hydration, fiber, stool softeners) haven't worked. Overuse (much more frequently than once a week) can be dangerous. Are you taking more than 1 tablet? ...Read more

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I have been taking dulcolax everyday for about a year. Is that dangerous?

I have been taking dulcolax everyday for about a year. Is that dangerous?

No : It does cause a lazy colon . Like colon becomes dependent on stimulant laxative to work . Recommend video consult for treatment options to get off dulcolax ...Read more

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How often can you safely use Dulcolax? Is once or twice weekly too frequent?

How often can you safely use Dulcolax? Is once or twice weekly too frequent?

Not a problem.: A twice weekly Dulcolax should cause you no difficulty. It is however important to remember that constipation is defined as hard painful bowel movements. It is an urban myth that we need to have a bowel movement. Every day. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Finkelstein
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