Is Dulcolax the same as bisacodyl

Dulcolax® bisacodyl

Medical advice is required for children and patients with serious illnesses. In the case of chronic constipation, its origin must be determined by the doctor. Long-term treatment belongs under medical supervision.

General information

If you are constipated, you should, if possible, consume foods rich in fiber (vegetables, fruits, wholemeal bread) as well as plenty of fluids regularly and pay attention to physical activity (sport).

Dulcolax Bisacodyl must not be used if you are known to be hypersensitive to the active ingredient or to any of the ingredients (galactose and fructose intolerance: see “When to take care of Dulcolax Bisacodyl”), in the case of intestinal narrowing, intestinal obstruction (ileus), acute Diseases of the abdominal cavity such as acute appendicitis and acute intestinal inflammation as well as severe abdominal pain combined with nausea and vomiting, which indicate a serious illness.

Dulcolax Bisacodyl must not be used in cases of severe fluid and potassium deficiency.


Children under 12 years of age should only be given Dulcolax Bisacodyl on the advice of a doctor. As with all laxatives, continuous daily use of Dulcolax Bisacodyl for longer than 1 to 2 weeks is not indicated. If laxatives are used daily, the cause of the constipation should be investigated. Long-term treatments should be under medical supervision.

In the case of long-term or high-dose use, water and mineral losses (potassium) can occur and lead to disorders of the heart muscle function and muscle weakness as well as aggravation of the intestinal sluggishness. Patients who are taking diuretics, oral corticosteroids or digitalis preparations should only take Dulcolax Bisacodyl after consulting their doctor.

In very rare individual cases, patients who have taken Dulcolax Bisacodyl have experienced dizziness or brief attacks of unconsciousness (syncope). According to the relevant case reports, this is probably syncope, which can be traced back either to the laxative process itself, to pressing or to vascular reactions mediated via the nervous system due to constipation-related abdominal pain, but not necessarily to the use of Dulcolax Bisacodyl itself.

One Dulcolax Bisacodyl Dragée contains 33.2 mg lactose and 23.4 mg sucrose. When treating constipation in adults and children over 12 years of age, this corresponds to up to 66.4 mg lactose and 46.8 mg sucrose per day. Patients with a rare hereditary galactose intolerance, e.g. galactosemia or a rare hereditary fructose intolerance, should not take the dragees.

Inform your doctor, pharmacist or druggist if you suffer from other illnesses, have allergies or are taking or applying other medicines (including those you have bought yourself!)!


As a precautionary measure, you should avoid medication as much as possible during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Only your doctor can decide whether Dulcolax Bisacodyl can be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding.