Dulcolax

 
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Without a Prescription

Dulcolax belongs to a class of drugs known as stimulant laxatives.
Dulcolax is prescribed to clean out the intestines before bowel examinations/surgery.
Dulcolax is prescribed to relieve occasional constipation.
Dulcolax works by increasing the amount of fluids that enter your bowels, causing a bowel movement within 6 to 12 hours.

Contraindications

Dulcolax is contraindicated if you have any of the following conditions:
- if you are allergic to Dulcolax;
- If you are pregnant, trying for a baby or breast-feeding;
- If you are taking other medicines, including those available to buy without a prescription, herbal or complementary medicines;
- If you are very dehydrated or take diuretics ('water tablets');
- if you have any other allergies;
- if you have appendicitis;
- if you have bowel blockage;
- if you have certain medical conditions;
- if you have current stomach pain/nausea/vomiting;
- if you have difficulty swallowing without chewing;
- If you have ever had an allergic reaction to this or any other medicine;
- If you have inflammation of the bowel;
- If you have intestinal obstruction (a blocked bowel);
- If you have recently had any bowel or abdominal surgery;
- if you have rectal bleeding;
- If you have severe pain in the abdomen with a feeling of sickness;
- if you have sudden change in bowel habits lasting over 2 weeks;
- if you have vitamin/mineral deficiencies;

Interactions

Do not take Dulcolax with any of the following drugs:
- Antacids;

Side Effects

Dulcolax side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
- Cramps;
- Decreased urination;
- Diarrhoea;
- Dizziness;
- Faintness;
- Feeling sick;
- Irregular heartbeat;
- Itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat);
- Muscle cramps/weakness;
- Persistent diarrhea;
- Rash;
- Rectal bleeding;
- Severe dizziness;
- Stomach/abdominal discomfort;
- Suppositories may cause irritation to the bottom;
- Trouble breathing;

Overdose

Reported Dulcolax overdose symptoms are:
- Confusion;
- Irregular heartbeat;
- Mental/mood changes;
- Muscle cramps/weakness/spasms/twitching;
- Persistent nausea/vomiting/diarrhea;
- Seizures;
- Stomach/abdominal pain;
- Sudden weight loss;
- Tiredness;
- Trouble breathing;
Without Prescription (2017)