How should I use bisacodyl?
Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Overuse of laxatives can cause your bowels to function improperly, or can make you dependent on laxative use.
In some cases, bisacodyl is taken by mouth. The enema and suppository forms of this medicine are for use in the rectum.
Do not crush, chew, or break a bisacodyl tablet. Swallow it whole with a full glass of water.
Bisacodyl taken by mouth should produce a bowel movement within 6 to 12 hours.
Bisacodyl used in the rectum can produce much faster results. You should have a bowel movement within 15 to 60 minutes after using a rectal suppository, or within 5 to 20 minutes after using the rectal enema.
Do not take a rectal suppository or enema by mouth. It is for use only in your rectum.
Try to empty your bladder just before using bisacodyl in the rectum.
Wash your hands before and after using rectal bisacodyl.
To use the rectal suppository:
- Remove the wrapper from the suppository. Avoid handling the suppository too long or it will melt in your hands. If the suppository is soft, you may hold it under cool running water or refrigerate it for a few minutes.
- Lie on your left side with your right knee up toward your chest. Gently insert the suppository into your rectum about 1 inch, pointed tip first.
- Stay lying down for a few minutes. The suppository will melt quickly and you should feel little or no discomfort while holding it in.
- Do not use more than one rectal suppository per day.
To use the rectal enema:
- Shake the rectal enema before using it. Remove the cap from the enema tip.
- Lie on your left side with your right knee up toward your chest, leaning forward slightly. Gently insert the tip of the enema bottle into your rectum, aiming toward your navel.
- Gently squeeze the bottle until it is empty, and then remove it from your rectum.
- For best results, hold the enema liquid in your rectum for up to 10 minutes. Then empty your rectum while seated on a toilet.
Call your doctor if you do not have a bowel movement after using this medicine, or if you have constipation for longer than 7 days.
If you are using bisacodyl to prepare for a medical test, follow your doctor's instructions about when to use the medicine.
Store bisacodyl oral or rectal medicine at room temperature away from moisture and heat.