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Dulcolax Twelve Plus 10 mg Suppositories
Dulcolax® Twelve Plus
10 mg SUPPOSITORIES
1. What Dulcolax Twelve Plus Suppositories are and what they are used for
2. What you need to know before you use Dulcolax Twelve Plus Suppositories
3. How to use Dulcolax Twelve Plus Suppositories
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Dulcolax Twelve Plus Suppositories
6. Contents of the pack and other information
Dulcolax Twelve Plus Suppositories are used for the short-term relief of occasional constipation. Dulcolax Twelve Plus Suppositories contain bisacodyl which belongs to a group of medicines known as stimulant laxatives, which increase bowel movements. This medicine does not help with weight loss.
What is constipation?
Normal and regular bowel movement is important for most people. However, what is “normal and regular” varies from person to person. Some may have a bowel movement every day, others less often. Whatever it is like for you, it is best that your bowel movement has a regular pattern.
The cause of constipation is often not known. It can be associated with:
Whatever the cause, constipation is uncomfortable. It may make you feel bloated and heavy, or generally “off colour”. Sometimes it causes headaches.
It is recommended to use changes in diet and bulk forming medicines to control constipation before using this medicine.
These healthy tips are recommended to try and prevent constipation happening:
Do not take this medicine if any of the above applies to you. Do not use in children under the age of 12 years. If you are not sure, talk to your pharmacist or doctor before using this medicine.
Does this help with weight loss?
Stimulant laxatives (including Dulcolax Twelve Plus Suppositories) do not help with weight loss. They do not reduce the absorption of calories or nutrients.
They can cause watery stools (diarrhoea), abdominal cramps and dehydration. Dehydration can seem like weight loss.
Overuse of laxatives may damage your health by:
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines. This is because Dulcolax Twelve Plus Suppositories can affect the way some other medicines work. Also, some other medicines can affect the way Dulcolax Twelve Plus Suppositories work.
In particular, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking:
If you are not sure if any of the above applies to you, talk to your pharmacist or doctor before using Dulcolax Twelve Plus Suppositories.
Talk to you pharmacist or doctor before using Dulcolax Twelve Plus Suppositories if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breast-feeding.
Some people may feel dizzy or faint while taking this medicine. If this happens to you, wait until these feelings go away before driving or using machines.
Always use this medicine exactly as described in this leaflet or as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with your pharmacist if you are not sure.
If this medicine is from your doctor or pharmacist, do exactly as they have told you. Otherwise, follow the instructions below. If you do not understand the instructions, or if you are not sure, ask your pharmacist or doctor.
As with all laxatives, Dulcolax Twelve Plus Suppositories should not be used every day for more than 5 days. If you need laxatives every day, or if you have abdominal pain which does not go away, you should see your doctor.
The suppositories should only be used in your back passage.
1. Take off the foil wrapping
2. Lie on one side and pull your knees up towards your chest. Keep one leg drawn up more than the other
3. Use your first finger (index finger) or middle finger to push in the suppository
4. Gently push the suppository as far as possible into your back passage, pointed end first
5. Once it is as far as it will go, push it side-ways to make sure it touches the wall of the bowel
6. Lower your legs to a comfortable position whilst the suppository is retained in place
7. Keep the suppository inside you for at least 30 minutes
Adults and children 12 years and over:
Put one 10 mg suppository into the back passage for immediate effect (they usually have a laxative effect within 10 to 30 minutes). Only use one suppository per day. This should not be used in children or adolescents under the age of 12 years.
Length of treatment
These suppositories should not be used every day for more than 5 days. If you need laxatives every day, then you should see your doctor to find the cause of your constipation. Overuse can be harmful.
It may be harmful to:
Like all medicines, Dulcolax Twelve Plus Suppositories can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. If you experience any of the following side effects, please stop using the medicines and see your doctor straight away:
Rare side effects (affect less than 1 in 1000 people)
Uncommon side effects (affect less than 1 in 100 people)
Common side effects (affect less than 1 in 10 people)
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard or search for MHRA Yellow Card in Google Play or Apple App Store By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
Dulcolax Twelve Plus 10 mg Suppositories are packed in cartons containing blister strips. The cartons contain 10 or 12 suppositories. Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
Dulcolax Twelve Plus Suppositories are manufactured by:
This leaflet was revised in December 2022.
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