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Bisacodyl Laxative Tablets
Bisacodyl 5mg Laxative Tablets 12+ years
1. What Bisacodyl 5mg Laxative Tablets are and what they are used for
2. What you need to know before you take Bisacodyl 5mg Laxative Tablets 12+ years
3. How to take Bisacodyl 5mg Laxative Tablets 12+ years
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Bisacodyl 5mg Laxative Tablets 12+ years
6. Contents of the pack and other information
Bisacodyl belongs to a group of medicines known as stimulant laxatives. Stimulant laxatives increase bowel movements. Bisacodyl 5mg Laxative Tablets 12+ years are used for the short-term relief of occasional constipation. Bisacodyl 5mg Laxative Tablets 12+ years do 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 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 doctor or pharmacist 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:
Please tell your pharmacist or doctor if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription. This includes herbal medicines. This is because Bisacodyl 5mg Laxative Tablets 12+ years can affect the way some other medicines work. Also, some other medicines can affect the way Bisacodyl 5mg Laxative Tablets 12+ years 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 taking Bisacodyl 5mg Laxative Tablets 12+ years.
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.
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 both lactose and sucrose. If you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before taking this medicinal product.
Always take this medicine exactly as described in this leaflet or as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
As with all laxatives, Bisacodyl 5mg Laxative Tablets 12+ years should not be taken every day for more than five days. If you need laxatives every day or if you have abdominal pain which does not go away , then you should see your doctor to find the cause of your constipation. Overuse can be harmful
Adults (including the elderly) and children over 12 years
Bisacodyl 5mg Laxative Tablets 12+ years are not recommended for children under 12 years.
It may be harmful to:
This is because taking too much 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 further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects although not everybody gets them. The following side effects may happen with this medicine:
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.
The active ingredient (the ingredient which makes this medicine work) is Bisacodyl. Each tablet contains 5mg of Bisacodyl.
The tablets also contain: lactose, maize starch, cellulose acetate phthalate, diethyl phthalate, sucrose, povidone, magnesium stearate, pregelatinised maize starch, talc, E171 (titanium dioxide) and E104 (quinoline yellow).
Bisacodyl 5mg Laxative Tablets 12+ years are round, yellow, sugar-coated tablets.
They are packed in cartons containing blister strips of 8, 10, 20, 28, 30, 40, 50, 56, 60, 84 or 100 tablets
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
If you want to know more about your medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist who can give you more information.
This leaflet was revised in February 2022
Bisacodyl 5 mg Laxative Tablets 12+ years
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