Dulcolax Laxative Tablets Overnight Relief - 10 Comfort Coated Tablets
Easy-to-swallow, comfort coated Dulcolax Tablets are gentle enough for sensitive stomachs, yet strong enough for effective overnight relief. Each small tablet contains a precisely-measured amount of the active ingredient, Bisacodyl. This ensures that Dulcolax Tablets are particularly predictable and reliable: 6 to 12 hours after taking an individual dose, the colon is gently stimulated and constipation is relieved. Dulcolax Tablets have the special Dulcolax Comfort Coating, ensuring that the active ingredient is released right where it's needed: in the colon. The Dulcolax Comfort Coating resists the acidic digestive juices of the stomach and small intestine. It dissolves only when it reaches an alkaline (non-acidic) environment: the colon. Trust Dulcolax Tablets to relieve constipation in 6 to 12 hours.
Dulcolax Tablets provide gentle, predictable, overnight relief from constipation.
Dulcolax Tablets are trusted around the world as gentle, reliable and easy to take.
It's important to feel comfortable about your body. But for many of us problems with intestinal irregularity and disruption prevent us from doing the things we enjoy. At times like these, it's good to know that you can trust Dulcolax. For more than half a century, Dulcolax has been giving millions of people relief from constipation problems. Its proven, gentle formula helps your body return to its natural rhythm. Leaving you free to enjoy your life.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does Dulcolax work?
The active ingredient in Dulcolax Tablets is Bisacodyl. In Dulcolax Liquid, the active ingredient is Sodium Picosulphate. Both take effect only in the colon itself. Dulcolax laxatives stimulate the colon's muscles to contract and, thereby, push the colon's contents along. They also help ease elimination by accumulating water to soften the colon's contents.
I had cramps after taking Dulcolax. Is that normal?
As with every medicine, other effects occasionally occur. After taking Dulcolax Tablets stomach discomfort, faintness or cramps are occasionally reported. Taking Dulcolax Tablets less than one hour after taking antacids or consuming dairy products such as milk and yogurt can result in a less acidic stomach and therefore in stomach discomfort and/or cramps. If you have taken an acid reducer such as those mentioned above, wait at least one hour before taking Dulcolax in order to help prevent the tablets' special coating - designed to help prevent gastric irritation - from dissolving too soon. Dulcolax should not be taken with medications that reduce stomach acid.
Can I take Dulcolax with milk or antacids?
No. You should not take Dulcolax with acid reducers, which include antacids and dairy products such as milk and yoghurt. Dulcolax Tablets are specially coated so that their active ingredient is released only in the colon. If you have taken an acid reducer, wait at least one hour before taking Dulcolax in order to help prevent the coating from dissolving before it reaches the colon, and possibly causing gastric irritation and/or cramps.
I have trouble swallowing pills. Can I chew or crush Dulcolax Tablets?
No. Tablets must be swallowed whole; not chewed, crushed or broken. Dulcolax Tablets are specially coated to help reduce gastric irritation and to allow the active ingredient to be released only in the colon. If you have trouble swallowing pills, you may find Dulcolax liquid easier to take.
Can I take Dulcolax when taking other medications?
Dulcolax should not be taken with medications that reduce stomach acid, such as antacids. As with any laxative, consult a doctor if you are taking any medication. Dulcolax also should not be taken within one hour of using dairy products, such as milk and yogurt.
Is Dulcolax sodium free?
Tablets and suppositories contain less than 0.2 mg per dosage and are, therefore, dietetically sodium free.
Can I take more than the recommended dose of Dulcolax?
No. Dulcolax is reliable in the generally recommended dose. You should stop taking any laxative, including Dulcolax, and consult a doctor if you do not have a bowel movement within 12 hours or if rectal bleeding occurs. This could be a sign of a serious condition. You also should consult a doctor if you need a laxative for more than one week.
Is Dulcolax suitable for losing weight?
No. Dulcolax is not a weight loss product. It has no influence on the absorption of nutrients in the small intestine. Consult your health care professional for assistance if you are worried about your weight.
Are there differences in the quality of the pure substance Bisacodyl and Dulcolax?
Yes. It is known that the mode of action of a substance can be modified and optimized by pharmaceutical technology. Different drugs with the same active ingredient are often processed differently and can show considerable differences in effect. Dulcolax is the original. The active ingredient Bisacodyl stems from research at Boehringer Ingelheim. Dulcolax is designed in such a way that the active ingredient is transported unchanged through the stomach and small intestine. Neither the gastric acid nor the juices in the small intestine can damage the substance. It only takes effect in the colon. This special design virtually avoids stimulation of the gastric or small intestinal muscles, absorption in the bloodstream or conversion of the substance in the liver.
Can pregnant women take Dulcolax?
Long experience has shown no evidence of undesirable or damaging effects during pregnancy. However, you should consult your doctor before taking any laxative, including Dulcolax, during pregnancy.
Can children be given Dulcolax?
Children under 6: Consult a doctor.
Children 6 to under 12 years of age: For rectal administration, the suppository dosage is 5 mg (1/2 of 10 mg suppository) in a single dose.
Is it OK to take a laxative such as Dulcolax every day?
For many people, constipation is an occasional problem that can be solved with short-term help from a safe, gentle and effective laxative such as Dulcolax. Normally, taking Dulcolax for two or three days will help bring the colon back to a healthy pattern and this can be supported by lifestyle changes too for an overall healthy lifestyle.
For other people, constipation is a chronic condition that occurs over a longer period of time. If you experience long-term problems with constipation Dulcolax can also help relieve symptoms through gentle, yet effective overnight relief. Due to its special formula, Dulcolax is safe to use even over a long period of time, with proper medical supervision. You should also consult your healthcare professional for advice if constipation persists, or if you suffer painful cramps or any unexpected bleeding.
Can Dulcolax be taken at the same time as contraceptives?
Yes. Dulcolax special comfort-coated tablets, pearls, suppositories or drops do not develop their effect until they reach the colon. Unlike some other products, for instance laxatives that take effect in the small intestine such as Glauber's salt, Epsom salt or caster oil, Dulcolax products are not known to impair the absorption of contraceptive hormones from the small intestine to the bloodstream.
Is Dulcolax addictive?
No. The active ingredients of Dulcolax products, Bisacodyl or Sodium Picosulphate do not penetrate the blood-brain barrier and thus no addictive potential that could lead to dependence have been reported.
Has Dulcolax been investigated for carcinogenic potential?
Yes. In an effort to investigate the cancer risk and potential genomic damage, extensive tests with Bisacodyl were conducted under the supervision of the American health authorities (FDA) and Boehringer Ingelheim USA in 1999. The conclusion of the FDA in spring 2000: "From all the data available, there are no signs to suggest that Bisacodyl presents a cancer risk if used as instructed."
What are some of the characteristics of constipation?
Painful, difficult bowel movements and feeling gassy or bloated are well-known characteristics of constipation. Other signs include hard, dry stools or excessive straining to have a bowel movement. It's important to keep in mind that infrequent bowel movements alone do not necessarily indicate constipation. In medical terms, constipation is diagnosed when a patient has fewer than three bowel movements a week, and/or stools are hard and dry.
What causes constipation?
Constipation occurs when the normal muscle actions in the colon (large intestine), fail to work properly, meaning the contents cannot be eliminated normally. The causes of constipation are complex and for most people with long-standing constipation there is no identifiable cause. Recent review of available evidence has shown many previously held beliefs as to the causes of constipation, are unfounded. However, they may include some of the following:
- Certain diseases
- Certain medications
- Changes in routine, such as holidays or travel
- Change in metabolism
- Suppressing the urge to go to the bathroom
- Hormonal changes; pregnancy
- Recovery from surgery
- In some cases, not getting enough exercise.
How often should someone have a bowel movement? What's normal?
When it comes to bowel movements, what is normal varies from person to person. Some healthy people have one bowel movement a day, some have more than one, and others have just three or four a week. It all depends on your individual digestive system, what you eat, and your own lifestyle. But if you have fewer than three bowel movements a week, or if having a bowel movement involves excessive straining and/or pain, you may be suffering from constipation and should seek advice from your healthcare professional.
Is there a reason for women suffering from constipation much more often than men?
Yes. Women report that they suffer from constipation three times more frequently than men do.
The reasons for this are not entirely understood. It may be that psychological differences make women more aware of their health and more willing to talk about it than men. There are certainly some physical factors that affect digestion, e.g. during pregnancy, the body produces special hormones to immobilise the uterus, to avoid premature contractions. This immobilization of the uterus also affects the intestinal muscle, which could cause constipation. During menopause, the hormone levels also change considerably, which could influence the movement of the intestines and may lead to constipation.
The History of Dulcolax
In 1952 the worldwide distribution of Dulcolax began, marking a new era in the therapy of constipation and a new generation of gentle, yet effective laxatives was born. Dulcolax™ was developed by Boehringer Ingelheim after the Second World War for people suffering from constipation resulting from poor living conditions in Germany aggravated by a shortage of food and medicine. Boehringer Ingelheim developed and produced a new generation of laxatives containing the active ingredient, Bisacodyl.
Dulcolax, unlike many traditional laxatives, is a gentle yet effective laxative, which works in the large intestine where the stools are dissolved naturally. It was developed to be used in small doses without any major side effects: It does not cause diarrhea or allow important minerals (electrolytes) to be washed out, when used according to instructions.
In the 70s a new liquid format was launched with the substance Sodium Picosulphate, leading to the same locally active laxative principle inside the large intestine like Bisacodyl.
In the 90s Dulcolax brought a new solid and discrete to take product offer to the market - the pearls.
Nowadays Dulcolax is recognized by health specialists and consumers all over the world and established as one of the most reliable and effective of laxative brands.