strong>Bisacodyl 5mg is used in treating constipation and cleaning out the intestines prior to a bowel examination or surgery, notes WebMD. It is a stimulant laxative and works by increasing the movements of the intestine to allow stool to come out. A doctor can also prescribe this medication for other conditions.
A patient should inform the doctor about any current medications before using this drug. Breastfeeding or pregnant women and patients suffering from nausea, vomiting, heart disease or have abnormal levels of electrolytes should let the doctor know. Some drugs may interact with bisacodyl, but there are no specific interactions known as of 2015.
A patient should take bisacodyl as directed by a doctor by mouth with or without food. The drug should be taken as a whole without crushing with a full glass of water. It is inadvisable to take bisacodyl 1 hour after taking milk or an antacid. Failure to adhere to this increases the risk of nausea and stomach upset because antacid and milk tend to destroy the coating on the tablet.
Dosage depends on medical condition, age and response to medication. A person should not take bisacodyl for more than 7 days unless advised otherwise by a doctor. It takes about 6 to 12 hours for the medication to cause bowel movement, notes WebMD.