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Medicines & Supplements

Dulcolax 5mg Gastro-resistant Tablets Bisacodyl 20s

We need to ensure that this medicine is suitable for the person it is intended for. Therefore our pharmacist may be required to contact you by email or phone to find out some additional information. If they are unable to speak to you when required your order may be delayed or the pharmacy medicine part of your order may be cancelled. Please ensure your contact details are correct before ordering this medicine. You must be 18 years or over to purchase this product.

Brand: Sanofi-Aventis, Series: Dulcolax

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Dulcolax Tablets are clinically proven to relieve constipation .

Contains the active ingredient bisacodyl.

Always read the label. Follow the directions for use. If symptoms persist, talk to your health professional.


Dulcolax Tablets are designed to stimulate the bowel and help form soft stools. The tablets are coated to prevent the active ingredient from being released until it reaches the part of the intestines (bowel) where it is needed to work.

How To Use
How to use:

Active ingredient (in each tablet): Bisacodyl 5mg

Drink plenty of water

Gluten free

Contains sucrose and lactose

If pregnant or breast feeding, ask a healthcare professional before use.

It is recommended that you take Dulcolax Tablets when you can allow 6 to 12 hours for the product to work. You may find that it is most convenient to take the product about 30 to 60 minutes before your normal bedtime in order to produce a bowel movement in the morning.


Active ingredient (in each tablet): Bisacodyl 5mg

Hazards and Cautions
Hazards and cautions:
Do not take Dulcolax if you are allergic to:
any medicine containing bisacodyl
any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet.
Do not take Dulcolax if you have or have had, any of the following conditions:
acute abdominal conditions including appendicitis
acute inflammatory bowel disease
severe abdominal pain associated with nausea and vomiting
blockage in the bowel (ileus)
a blockage in the intestine
severe dehydration
galactose intolerance
fructose intolerance.
If you are uncertain as to whether you have, or have had, any of these conditions, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Do not give this medicine to a child under the age of 6 years.
Dulcolax should only be used in children over the age of 6 years on medical advice.
Do not take this medicine after the expiry date printed on the pack or if the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering.
If it has expired or is damaged, return it to your pharmacist for disposal.
If you are not sure whether you should start taking this medicine, talk to your doctor.

Before you start to take it

Tell your doctor if you have any allergies to any other medicines or any other substances, such as foods, preservatives or dyes.

Taking other medicines

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including any that you get without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
In particular, you should tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking:
diuretics (medicines that increase urine volume)
medicines which stimulate the heart e.g. digoxin.
These medicines may be affected by Dulcolax or may affect how well it works. You may need different amounts of your medicines, or may need to take different medicines.
Use of Dulcolax with other laxatives may enhance gastrointestinal side effects.
Your doctor and pharmacist have more information on medicines to be careful with or avoid while taking this medicine.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
Your doctor can discuss with you the risks and benefits involved.
Dulcolax does not pass into breast milk and can be used during breastfeeding.
If you have not told your doctor or pharmacist about any of the above, tell him/her before you start taking Dulcolax.
Contents of the package:

20 tablets

Important information
Information for the consumer:

Recommended dose of Dulcolax as an enema alternative

Dulcolax should only be used as an enema alternative under medical supervision.
Adults and children over 10 years:
Two Dulcolax tablets at night followed by one standard Dulcolax suppository (10 mg) the following morning.
Where the above is not possible, use two standard Dulcolax suppositories (2 x 10 mg).
If your doctor or pharmacist has changed the recommended dose, you should ask for further information from your doctor or pharmacist.

Recommended dose of Dulcolax before a radiological examination

Dulcolax should only be used for radiological use under medical supervision.
Adults and children over 10 years:
Two Dulcolax tablets on each of the two preceding nights, followed by one standard Dulcolax suppository (10 mg) 1½hours before the actual procedure.
If your doctor or pharmacist has changed the recommended dose, you should ask for further information from your doctor or pharmacist.

How long to take it

Dulcolax is recommended for short-term use only. If symptoms persist, seek medical advice.
Long-term use of Dulcolax is not recommended. If you take Dulcolax every day, you should consult with your doctor to find out the cause of your constipation.
Long-term and excessive use of Dulcolax may cause an imbalance of salts in the body (including low potassium), muscle weakness, kidney problems and fluid imbalance. Loss of fluids from the body can cause dehydration. Symptoms of dehydration include thirst and passing less urine than normal. In patients experiencing fluid loss where dehydration may be harmful (for example, kidney problems, elderly patients), Dulcolax should be stopped and only restarted under medical supervision.

If you take too much (overdose)

Seek medical advice immediately if you have taken more than the recommended or prescribed dose of Dulcolax.

Advice can be provided by your doctor, pharmacist.

If you have taken too much Dulcolax, you may experience diarrhoea, abdominal cramps, fluid loss, and an imbalance of salts in the body (including low potassium).

As with other laxatives, persistent overdose may cause diarrhoea, abdominal pain, imbalance of salts in the body (including low potassium), secondary hyperaldosteronism and kidney stones. If an imbalance of salts (low potassium) occurs, then kidney disease, metabolic alkalosis and muscle weakness may be experienced.


Keep Dulcolax in a cool dry place where the temperature stays below 30°C.

Do not store Dulcolax or any other medicine in the bathroom or near a sink.

Do not leave it on a window sill or in the car.

Heat and damp can destroy some medicines.

Keep it where children cannot reach it.

A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half metres above the ground is a good place to store medicines.

Product code:

Sanofi-Aventis Sp. z o.o.
ul. Bonifraterska 17
00-203 Warszawa


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