Daily OTC Pearl: Bisacodyl (Dulcolax)

Dulcolax, for the relief of occasional constipation, contains lactose and sucrose.

OTC/Lifestyle Pearl of the Day: Bisacodyl (Dulcolax)

Indication: Dulcolax is indicated for the relief of occasional constipation.


  • As with all laxatives, Dulcolax should not be taken on a continuous daily basis or for extended periods without investigating the cause of constipation.
  • Prolonged excessive use may lead to fluid and electrolyte imbalance and hypokalemia.
  • Adverse Events: Dizziness and/or syncope have been reported in patients who have taken Dulcolax.
  • Dulcolax coated tablets contain lactose and sucrose.
  • One coated tablet contains 34.9 mg lactose and 21.4 mg sucrose (saccharose), resulting in 69.8 mg lactose and 42.8 mg sucrose per maximum recommended daily dose for treatment of constipation.
  • Directions: Take 1 to 2 coated tablets (5 mg-10 mg) daily, orally or 1 adult suppository (10 mg) daily, rectally.
  • Each enteric coated tablet contains bisacodyl 5 mg.
  • Manufacturer: Sanofi