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Bisacodyl - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Bisacodyl cause?

  • ​Common side effects of bisacodyl include cramps, nausea and vomiting.
  • For suppository: Bisacodyl suppository may cause some irritation to the anus.

Consult your healthcare professional if the symptoms do not go away or become bothersome.

Consult your healthcare professional if you have sudden severe stomach pain, bleeding from the anus or blood in your stool or vomit.

The symptoms of a drug allergy include one or more of the following:

  • Swollen face/eyes/lips/tongue
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Itchy skin rashes over your whole body

If you experience any of these symptoms, you should stop your medication and see your healthcare professional immediately.

Before taking Bisacodyl, what precautions must I follow?

​Inform your healthcare professional if:

  • You are allergic to this medication or any of the other ingredients of this medication
  • You are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding
  • You are taking any other medications, including supplements, traditional medications and herbal remedies.
  • You are on a galactose or lactose free diet. This preparation contains both lactose and galactose.
  • You have or had history of bowel obstruction (blockage in the small or large intestine)

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Bisacodyl?

​Bisacodyl can generally be taken with most other food or medicines. Space apart antacid, milk and dairy products by at least one hour if you are using bisacodyl tablets.

Inform your healthcare professional if you are taking or intend to take any other medication, supplements, traditional medications or herbal remedies.

Bisacodyl - Additional Information

  • Updated on Monday, September 30, 2019
  • Article contributed by PSS National Medication Information Workgroup

    The information provided is not intended as medical advice. Terms of use. Information provided by SingHealth

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