14 Jun 2019



Bisacodyl is a laxative drug that is used to treat constipation. It is also used to empty the bowels before an investigative procedure, surgery or colonoscopy. It works by stimulating the bowels by directly irritating the smooth muscle of the intestines for faster fluid secretions and laxation. This drug is categorized as a ‘stimulant/laxative’.


    • Bisacodyl is to be taken as directed by the doctors.
    • The oral tablet, which is to be consumed whole, will produce effect within 6 hours.
    • The rectal suppository will take effect in 20 minutes.
    • General Adult Dosage:
    • Oral tablet – 5-10mg per day

    Rectal suppository – 10mg per day


Diagnosis is usually recommended to –

  • Nausea
  • Irritation or discomfort in the abdominal region
  • Cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Burning or irritation in the rectal mucosa region
  • Dizziness


  • Lack of bowel movement
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Extreme vomiting


  • Abarelix
  • Abiraterone
  • Acetazolamide
  • Alfuzosin
  • Apomorphine
  • Apalutamide
  • Azithromycin
  • Bedaquiline
  • Citalopram
  • Dasatinib
  • Efavirenz
  • Iloperidone
  • Ketocanazole
  • Nilotinib
  • Ofloxacin
Bisacodyl has no major interactions with drugs, but has moderate interactions with 308 different drugs.


  • Provide your doctor with a detailed and accurate medical history before drug prescription. Notify especially in case of – hemorrhoids, inflammatory bowel diseases, eating disorders, tears or holes in the intestine.
  • Bisacodyl is not recommended for patients with an allergy to the drug, stomach pain, nausea and vomiting before drug prescription.
  • Older adults must use the rectal suppository only with a doctor’s aid.
  • Do not administer the rectal suppository by mouth – remember to wash hands before and after administering the suppository.
  • Avoid drinking antacids or using other medications 2 hours before and after using Bisacodyl.
  • Notify the doctor in case bowel movement does not occur in the next 7 hours.


  • Use Bisacodyl only as prescribed. Overuse of laxatives can cause irregular bowel movements and other side effects.
  • Keep out of reach of children. Bisacodyl is not recommended for children below the age of 2.
  • In case of overdose, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center immediately.

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