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Dulcolax Twelve Plus 5 mg Gastro-resistant Tablets
Dulcolax® Twelve Plus 5 mg Gastro-resistant Tablets
1. What Dulcolax Twelve Plus Tablets are and what they are used for
2. What you need to know before you take Dulcolax Twelve Plus Tablets
3. How to take Dulcolax Twelve Plus Tablets
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Dulcolax Twelve Plus Tablets
6. Contents of the pack and other information
Dulcolax Twelve Plus Tablets are used for the short-term relief of occasional constipation. Dulcolax Twelve Plus Tablets contain bisacodyl and belong to a group of medicines known as stimulant laxatives, which increase bowel movements. This medicine does not help with weight loss.
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 can be 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 to 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 taking this medicine.
Stimulant laxatives (including bisacodyl) 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 Tablets can affect the way some other medicines work. Also, some other medicines can affect the way Dulcolax Twelve Plus Tablets work.
If you are not sure if any of the above applies to you, talk to your pharmacist or doctor before taking Dulcolax Twelve Plus Tablets
Talk to your pharmacist or doctor before taking Dulcolax Twelve Plus Tablets 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.
The tablets contain a small amount of lactose and sucrose in each tablet. Patients with rare hereditary problems of fructose intolerance, galactose intolerance, total lactase deficiency, glucose-galactose malabsorption or sucrase-isomaltase insufficiency should not use this medicine. If you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before taking this medicine.
Always take this medicine exactly as described in this leaflet or as your doctor or pharmacist have told you. Check with your pharmacist if you are not sure.
For constipation: Adults (including the elderly) and children over 12 years: 1 to 2 tablets at night.
If you have not taken Dulcolax Twelve Plus Tablets before, start with one tablet and increase to two if necessary. When your bowel regularity has returned to normal, the dose can usually be stopped.
These tablets 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
This is because taking too many for too long may lead to:
If you take more of this medicine than you should, talk to a doctor or go to a hospital straight away. Take the medicine pack with you; this is so the doctor knows what you have taken.
If you have any questions on the use of this product, ask your pharmacist or doctor.
Like all medicines, Dulcolax Twelve Plus Tablets can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. If you experience any of the following side effects, please stop taking 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 or pharmacist. 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 the 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 Tablets are yellow.
They are packed in cartons containing blister strips.
The cartons contain 40, 60 or 100 tablets.
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
This leaflet was revised in December 2022
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