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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.
**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 (First published on Ciao.co.uk April 2011)
N.B. My reviews may be found on other sites under the same user name.
I gave birth two weeks ago and following some stitching, my midwife said that I might have some trouble 'going'. Indeed I did, and after trying a number of 'natural' remedies - tummy massage, fibre, prunes and coffee, and after three days, my dad gave me some Dulcolax tablets to try.
I am breastfeeding, but my doctor assured me that Dulcolax tablets are safe to take when doing so. The active ingredient is called bisocodyl and the tablets are very small 5mg white pills which you can take one or two of. A pack of 60 cost £3.70 - £4.20 and is available in all high street pharmacies and supermarkets also. The next rival is Senokot, which uses senna and is probably more well known, and around the same price, but hasn't proven successful for myself on previous occasions of constipation.
So, on taking one tablet as I did (rather 'ease myself into it' rather than go 'the whole hog!'), you'd be forgiven for thinking the tablets are ineffective. But you need to wait a minimum of 4 hours for results. And the results aren't an embarrassing run to the loo, they're much more 'natural' than that. And unlike other constipation remedies (think castor oil), there's no bloated feeling, and no agonising stomach cramps which you can get when your colon is forced into an un-natural spasm. No, this relief is thankfully pain free and for me very effective. I'd always recommend taking one tablet to start off with and seeing if it has any effect as I found them very effective, and I was feeling much better afterward. I will certainly keep a few in my bathroom cabinet as I think they are something worth keeping a hold of in case you suffer from it again.
I would always advocate trying wherever you can with bowel issues to try and resolve any problems through natural means, usually a change of diet. The problem with anti constipation medication is that there is always the risk you could become reliant on it and thus force your body to depend on it. So whilst I think Dulcolax is good for very very occasional use it's not something you should be popping whenever you've had problems 'going' for a day or so. Try and let nature take it's course where you can.
But, if you've tried all that and you still need a bit of extra help, Dulcolax is cheap, it's easy to take, it's safe to take when breastfeeding, and it doesn't cause any associated pains.
Dulcolax is possibly less well known than its rival Sennokot, and has not benefitted from the extensive TV advertising that Sennokot has enjoyed. However, they are both laxatives available without prescription which will relieve occasional constipation. As with all laxatives, they are not to be taken every day.In my experience, Dulcolax is much more pleasant to take than Sennokot, and also works better. Rather than large chalky tablets with an unpleasant aroma and aftertaste, Dulcolax comes in much smaller gel-like capsules which can even be swallowed without water (although that is not recommended!). 'Results' come anything from 4 - 12 hours later, and are usually accompanied by much less cramping than with Sennokot and other similar preparations.In short, Dulcolax is both more pleasant to take and more pleasant to experience than senna products. It is also usually cheaper - perhaps a benefit of being less widely advertised.
DO NOT TAKE THIS PRODUCT. It causes SERIOUS tummy cramps for hours and hours.
I suffer with constipation from time to time and have tried many a natural remedy which has nto helped in the slightest. I have to say that the best tablet I have tried to date has got to be these Dulcolax.
They are fairly expensive but when comparing them to other constipation relief tablets are as reasonable as those. I had been buying Tesco's own laxatives but found these were not as fast acting and often I would be at work when the tablets finally kicked in!
However these Dulcolacx come in a box of 100 tablets and each tablet contains 5 mg of bisacodyl. The packet of 100 costs around £4 and there is the option to buy it in a smaller box and the price is fitted accordingly.
The box of the tablets gives a fair bit of information so you can see just what you are buying and then there is a little leaflet inside the box which of course gives even more information about who can take the tablets, what they are used for, and any side effects that you should be aware of.
The tablets themselves are nice and small which makes them easy to take. The fact that they are sugar coated again makes the swallowing process exceptionally easy and I can take them without water. They are a yellow colour but don't have anything written on them to say what they are so caution must be taken not to drop any especially as they are so small and this is quite easy to do.
The dosage for children 10 years and over is to take one or two tablets at night. They are not recommended for children under 10 and it states that it is probably a good idea to take the one tablet at first and see if this gives any relief.
Of course I only took the one tablet the first time I needed to because I didn't want to have the opposite of constipation! I took it just before going to bed at midnight and found that it worked through my system and gave adequate relief in the morning, without going in to too much detail!
Overall I have to say that this product is a good one. It worked for me and gave good results which is what was need! I have to give a top score of 5 out of 5 stars and a high recommendation as no one like to be bunged up do they?
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
When it comes to constipation I'm no stranger to it sadly. I can't tell you what my friends have to say about that! lol. Occasionally I get so bunged up I need a little helping hand so I buy these!
The tablets come in a light green and silver box and on the front of that box I am told that they are Dulcolax Tablets and that they contain 5mg of Bisacodly 'Gentle and effective relief from constipation, helps restore your natural rhythm' and that they give 'Predictable overnight relief' and that they are gastro-resistant tablets and that in my case I purchased them in a box of 40 and there is a small picture of the tablets. On the back of the box other information listed includes being told a bit about the product, dosage advice is given, cautions are listed, ingredients are stated and contact details for the manufacturer of the product are given which in this case is Boehringer Lngelheim Limited. Open up the box and you get a leaflet in there which gives yet more information about the tablets and lots of warnings etc. Then you get the tablets which are in white moulded trays and you pop the tablets by pushing that and popping them out of the foil side which is of course very easy to do indeed. Informative packaging this is of course and it needs to be!
Adults and children over 10 years: Take one or two tablets at night, or as directed by your doctor. If you have not taken Dulcolax before, start with one tablet and increase to two if necessary. Swallow tablets whole, with water.
Children under 10 years: Consult your doctor.
With these you do need to read up about whether these are suitable for you to take of course. When of course you do decide that these could be the right medication for you to take they are simple to take!
They are very small, round and a light yellow colour. You can simply take one or two of them with a decent slug of water. They are tasteless and then you can forget about them and get to sleep lol.
These are designed to take at night so that they can work their magic overnight....and they really do work these!
I can suffer with really bad constipation that gives me really bad belly ache and I have taken tablets over the years promising what these do before to help and these are really good because they don't wake me up with stomach cramps and don't wake me up to go to the loo or anything like that. They work very gently but do really work.
These are meant for occasional use and occasionally I do use them. I know if I'm having a problem with my bowel these will really help with that and in a subtle way! Great tablets and they are really recommended from me!
Expect to pay about £2.99 for 20 tablets and £3.69 for 40 tablets and they are available in all good supermarkets and chemists such as Boots.
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
Dulcolax tablets (Bisacodyl) are trusted around the world as gentle, reliable and easy to take / Each small tablet contains a precisely measured amount of the active ingredient, Bisacodyl, to ensure that Dulcolax tablets are particularly predictable and reliable / Dulcolax tablets are ideal for people seeking overnight relief from constipation, since,6 to 12 hours after taking an individual dose, the colon is gently stimulated and constipation is relieved / Dulcolax Tablets have the special Dulcolax Comfort Coating, ensuring that the active ingredient is released right where it's needed: in the colon / The Dulcolax Comfort Coating resists the acidic digestive juices of the stomach and the environment of the small intestine / It dissolves only when it reaches an alkaline (non-acidic) environment: the colon.