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* Review contains talk about bowel movements etc due to the nature of the product, just thought I'd warn you! *
~ Why I Bought These Tablets ~
I haven't been eating particularly well for the past couple of weeks, and I've definitely not been getting my five a day. Because of this I have felt quite bunged up and sluggish - my bowel movements have not been regular, and I've basically felt very constipated!
I hate feeling like this and I know it isn't healthy, so as well as increasing my fruit and veg intake I decided to buy some laxatives to take to try and get rid of that horrible bunged up feeling and clean my colon out. Obviously I only bought these for short term use and now that I am eating more fruit and vegetables I have already seen an improvement in my bowel movements, so I don't think I'll need to take any more of these any time soon.
~ Price ~
I bought these laxatives from Tesco and I paid £2.20 for the pack of twenty tablets. There is also a 40 pack available and this is a pound more expensive. In my opinion this is really good value and a pack will last me for ages because laxatives are not something that I take regularly.
~ My Opinion ~
I chose these laxatives mainly because they weren't too expensive and also because they claim to be gentle, which appealed to me because I didn't want to take something that would leave me sat on the toilet for hours with explosive diarrhoea! The tablets come in a cardboard box and inside there are blister packs with the tablets in and information about the product.
It's very easy to get a tablet out and the tablets themselves are round and quite small. I found the tablets easy to swallow and I took two tablets before bed as they work overnight. The dosage for children and adults over twelve years old is 1-2 tablets, and I took 2 because I was so constipated that I was worried just one wouldn't be effective enough.
Anyway, the next day after I had taken these I woke up (after around six hours sleep) and didn't really feel like I needed to 'go', however I had a mild cramp in my stomach and after about ten minutes after I'd woken up I went to the toilet. I really don't want to go into too much detail, but afterwards I felt a lot lighter and a lot happier!
The tablets definitely helped and they didn't make my stools runny and watery like some laxatives do, which meant that it wasn't too unpleasant using the laxatives. Other than the mild cramps, I didn't experience any side effects from the laxatives and I will definitely use them again if need be.
~ All in All ~
Affordable, gentle and effective. Five out of five stars.
I should warn you that this review may contain 'TMI' (too much information), as it is a review of a laxative there's no way to write it without any mention of, you know, number twos, so my apologies in advance!
I recently found myself in need of a little help in the digestive area, I'd had food poisoning and then found myself unable to 'go' for a few days afterwards when I normally have no trouble. I only picked Dulcolax as it was the only laxative available at the convenience store near my house. It was quite expensive but I expect you could get a better price at a supermarket or at Boots.
I took two tablets as I went to bed, the tablets are very small and easy to swallow, but being so small its quite easy to drop one and lose sight of it, not great if you've got pets or small children especially as the tablets are bright yellow and have a coating that makes them look a bit like tiny smarties. I'd be extra careful about keeping these out of reach.
As promised, my problem was resolved the next morning. I woke up with a slight cramping pain in my abdomen and needing to get to the bathroom rather quickly. The pain disappeared as soon as I'd paid my visit and wasn't severe anyway, just a good warning!
I don't think I needed to take two, I probably could have got away with one, so if you're taking them yourself start slow and just try the one at first. I didn't have any adverse effects from taking two but why waste them and why put extra amounts of a drug in your body if you don't have to?
Remember to read the leaflet enclosed as you would with any drug, and especially bear in mind that over the counter laxatives are only supposed to solve short term, one off problems. If you need to take them constantly or very frequently, get to the doctor!
Review of Dulcolax Constipation relief tablets
==The Product and it's Purpose==
Constipation is one of those subjects that people either treat as a source of amusement or are heartily embarrassed by. Normal bowel movements are something we tend to take for granted yet constipation is a most unpleasant and an uncomfortable problem that many people are affected by at one time or another. Apart from being unable to 'go', constipation can cause bloating, a feeling of 'heaviness', stomach discomfort, headaches and generally make you feel off-colour.
Eating a healthy diet, high in roughage, can help avoid the discomfort of constipation, but sometimes, a gentle laxative is required to get the system working again.
Luckily this is something I am not often troubled by, possibly because as a vegetarian, I tend to eat quite a lot of vegetables, fruit and pulses. On the odd occasion that I have been troubled with constipation, Dulcolax has helped.
Dulcolax is widely available without prescription. It is sold in chemist shops, supermarkets and other High Street outlets. It is reasonably priced at around £1 for 10 x 5mg tablets or £3 for 40.
Dulcolax outer packaging is a distinctive green and white cardboard box bearing the product name, description and brief instructions for use. The tablets themselves are presented in a foiled blister pack, a very comprehensive information leaflet is also included within the box giving further dosage details, warnings, company information and so on.
The yellow tablets are tiny, about 5mm across. These laxative tablets are designed to give gentle overnight relief from the symptoms of constipation.
Dulcolax are a dual action laxative, meaning they stimulate the muscles of both the large intestine and the rectum and the manufacturer states that Dulcolax may also help to restore the sensation or desire for a bowel movement, so aiding the body to regain its natural rhythm.
==A Couple of Constipation Facts==
True or False?
1) Women suffer more from constipation than men.
Women have a slightly slower digestion rate than men. For instance it will normally take 32 hours for food to pass through the female digestive system and be expelled as faeces compared to 27 hours in men.
2) Healthy people have a bowel movement each day.
Everyone is different, but the normal range in the Western world is considered to be between three bowel movements a day to three times a week.
==Dulcolax Dosage and Warnings==
Dulcolax tablets should be taken at night. They should be swallowed whole with a drink of water, not chewed.
Dose for children over the age of 10, the elderly and adults:-
1 or 2 x 5mg tablets
The active ingredient in Dulcolax is bisacodyl. I will not pad out this review with a list of other ingredients, as I'm certain no one really wants to read it and readers are sensible enough to check the packaging if they really need to know the exact ingredients in this product!
Dulcolax tablet have a special coating, so antacids medicines (for example indigestion remedies) and milk products should not be taken within an hour before or after using Dulcolax.
Do not take for more than 5 days.
If a laxative is required daily, seek medical advice.
Do not use after the use by date.
Keep out of sight and reach of children.
Consult a doctor should you take more than the recommended dose.
Who should NOT take Dulcolax?
Children under 10 years of age.
Pregnant and breast-feeding women or those planning to become pregnant.
People allergic to Bisacodyl or any other ingredient in the tablets.
Sufferers of acute appendicitis, inflammatory bowel conditions, intestinal obstructions or other surgical abdominal conditions.
People taking steroid or diuretic medication should seek their doctor or pharmacists advice before using Dulcolax.
Possible side effects:-
Abdominal discomfort, including cramps, Diarrhoea.
Very rarely allergic reactions have been reported following use of Dulcolax.
Users experiencing persistent side effects should seek medical advice.
This is a very condensed breakdown of the warnings and advice contained in the Dulcolax information leaflet and I cannot really cover absolutely everything without making the review over-long and rather boring. If I had repeated the leaflet word for word, I think this review would have run into several thousand words!
As it is, I hope I have covered the most important points, I don't want to sound like a 'Granny-Grim', but I feel it is important to stress that if you need laxatives everyday or you have persistent abdominal pain, you should see a doctor!
Dulcolax have a website where you can find much more about the condition, advice on how to avoid constipation and how to resolve the problem.
==My Thoughts and Conclusion==
Dulcolax is a gentle and effective constipation remedy. I do not suffer regularly with the problem, but when I have occasionally needed a laxative, I know that I can trust Dulcolax to bring the desired relief!
I like the fact that this product works overnight with no fuss or bother and I have never experienced any discomfort or side effects as a result of using Dulcolax.
My partner suffers with constipation now and again, he complains that it makes him feel sluggish and head-achey, and I can vouch for the fact that it makes him grumpy too! He used to use a liquid laxative from a different company, but now also uses Dulcolax and finds it suits him far better.
This is a product that we generally have in our medicine cupboard as a precaution. I would recommend it to others, with the proviso that they seek medical advice if their symptoms persist.
Thank you for reading.
©brittle1906 April 2011
N.B. My reviews may be found on other sites under the same user name.
I am not sure whether it is because I have changed brands of food (as we all know I am on a tesco econemy drive) or if it is because I am eating so much, so I can review the products.
Anyway found myself with the problem of not going for about 3 days, so I needed an end to this problem (oh, I hate writing this review).
I popped into my local chemist, and never having experienced this problem before, I found myself going all red and whispering to the shop assistant about where I could find the products were I needed. The assistant immadately shouted over the shop floor to another colleague(I had passed out by this point).
Anyway finding the shelf I wanted with bottles and packets and pills (I never knew this much stuff existed) I saw Ducolax which were on special offer (how I never know) for £1.50 (usually retail at £3.69) and in a pack of 40 capsuals so I thought it worked out a bit of a bargain (you will never need 40 capsules in your life).
The packet is white and green with Ducolax written on the box in big letters and Relief from constipation underneath, and amount of capsules in the box. On the back of the box there is the standard directions for taking the tablets - dose - age suitable for etc, and the contact address. Inside the box is the tablets in two strips and the tablets are small, round and a orange colour, you pop the tablets through the foil.
So I go home and that night before I went to bed I took one of the tablets, well I get up all nice and early and my stomache feels like it is being punched and pulsating inside, I am thinking urgent need and I must go. My partner who had also got up was in the bathroom having a shower so you know what thats like. I start nagging him and nagging and nagging, until he finally gets out the shower. Once he is out I pushed him that fast out the bathroom he nearly fell down the stairs, as I launched myself in.
Well all I have to say to conclude this is that I thought my insides were going to come out, and the packet says you can take 2 (there would never be a need).
Would I use these again - absolutely not, not unless I had not been for 3 months. They are far too strong, which I suppose if you suffer from constipation can be great, but if you do not - avoid like the plague.
They done the job but the stomach ache that was caused was not good.
I am going to have to give these 3 stars just because they were so effective though.
Relief from constipation.