Bisacodyl is a laxative that stimulates bowel movements.

Bisacodyl is used to treat constipation or to empty the bowels before surgery, colonoscopy, x-rays, or other intestinal medical procedure.

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  • Side effects include:

    Some degree of abdominal discomfort, nausea, cramps, griping, and/or faintness with therapeutic doses.

    Diarrhea, GI irritation, and fluid and electrolyte depletion.

    Gastric irritation and the possibility of vomiting if enteric coating of tablets is disrupted. (See Advice to Patients.)

    Rectal administration of bisacodyl (the active ingredient contained in Bisco-Lax) suspensions or suppositories may cause irritation and a sensation of burning of the rectal mucosa and mild proctitis.

    Hepatotoxicity if sufficient tannic acid is absorbed from bisacodyl tannex.
  • (oral delayed release tablet, rectal suppository, rectal enema, compounding powder)