Dulcolax Women - Consumer Medicine Information
|Manufacture:||Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.|
|Condition:||Bowel Preparation, Constipation|
|Ingredients:||bisacodyl, acacia, ammonium hydroxide, calcium carbonate, carnauba wax, corn starch, D&C Red #27 aluminum lake, FD&C Blue #2 aluminum lake, FD&C Yellow #6 aluminum lake, hypromellose, iron oxide black, lactose, magnesium stearate, methyl paraben, polydextrose, polyethylene glycol, polyvinyl acetate phthalate, povidone, propylene glycol, propylparaben, shellac, silica, simethicone, sodium alginate, sodium benzoate, sodium bicarbonate, stearic acid, sucrose, talc, titanium dioxide, triacetin, triethyl citrate|
Dulcolax FOR WOMEN
About this medication
What the medication is used for
DULCOLAX FOR WOMEN is used for relief of occasional constipation.
What it does
DULCOLAX FOR WOMEN belongs to a group of medicines known as stimulant laxatives. DULCOLAX FOR WOMEN stimulates the bowel muscles while also accumulating water in the intestines. The effect is to soften the stool and to make it pass through more quickly.
When it should not be used
- If you have severe abdominal pain associated with nausea and vomiting.
- If you have intestinal obstruction (ileus), acute inflammatory bowel disease, or appendicitis.
- If you are suffering from severe dehydration.
- If you are allergic to the drug or any component of it (see non-medicinal ingredients).
- If you have a rare hereditary condition of galactose or fructose intolerance you should not use DULCOLAX FOR WOMEN tablets.
What the medicinal ingredient is
What the important non-medicinal ingredients are
Enteric coated tablets contain: acacia, ammonium hydroxide, calcium carbonate, carnauba wax, corn starch, D&C Red #27 aluminum lake, FD&C Blue #2 aluminum lake, FD&C Yellow #6 aluminum lake, hypromellose, iron oxide black, lactose, magnesium stearate, methyl paraben, polydextrose, polyethylene glycol, polyvinyl acetate phthalate, povidone, propylene glycol, propylparaben, shellac, silica, simethicone, sodium alginate, sodium benzoate, sodium bicarbonate, stearic acid, sucrose, talc, titanium dioxide, triacetin, triethyl citrate.
What dosage forms it comes in
Tablets 5 mg
Warnings and precautions
Before you use dulcolax for women talk to your doctor or pharmacist
- If you have ever had an allergic reaction to this or any other medicines.
- If you have any pain in the lower abdomen or if you have stomach cramps, fever, nausea or vomiting.
- If you are pregnant.
- If you have taken DULCOLAX FOR WOMEN already for a week without any effect.
- If you are taking any other medications, including those available without a prescription, herbal and complementary medicines.
Do not give DULCOLAX FOR WOMEN to a child less than 6 years of age unless the doctor tells you to.
A laxative should not be taken within two (2) hours of another medicine because the desired effect of the other medicine may be reduced.
You may experience dizziness and or fainting (syncope) caused by a malaise triggered by abdominal spasm. If you experience abdominal spasm, avoid hazardous tasks such as driving or operating machinery.
Interactions with this Medication
Drugs that may interact with DULCOLAX FOR WOMEN include: diuretics (eg. hydrochlorothiazide), adreno-corticosteroids (eg. hydrocortisone, prednisone), cardiac glycosides (eg. digoxin), antacids or certain proton pump inhibitors (eg. lansoprazole, omeprazole, pantoprazole). Do not take indigestion remedies at the same time of day as
DULCOLAX FOR WOMEN tablets. Do not take with milk or antacids.
This is not an all-inclusive list of examples. Tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins and herbals you are taking.
Proper use of this Medication
Do not take more than the recommended daily dose. Overuse or extended use of any laxative can cause dependence for bowel function, do not take for more than a week without consulting a physician.
Do not crush or chew tablets; swallow them whole. Do not take with milk or antacids.
For relief of constipation:
Adults (12 years and older): one to two tablets daily.
Take DULCOLAX FOR WOMEN tablets at night to have a bowel movement the next morning.
It is recommended to start with the lowest dose (1 tablet). The dose may be adjusted up to the maximum recommended single dose of 2 tablets to produce regular stools.
Tablets should be swallowed whole with an adequate amount of liquid (NOT MILK).
If high doses are taken, watery stool (diarrhoea), abdominal cramps, and loss of potassium and other minerals can occur. DULCOLAX FOR WOMEN when taken in chronic overdose may cause chronic diarrhoea, abdominal pain, kidney damage, and muscle weakness.
In case of overdose, contact your physician, pharmacist, or your regional Poison Control Centre immediately.
Side Effects and what to do about them
DULCOLAX FOR WOMEN may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away: abdominal discomfort (including abdominal cramps, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea), dehydration (with symptoms such as dry, sticky mouth, thirst), dizziness, fainting (syncope), swelling of the colon (large bowel), anorectal discomfort (discomfort involving the anus and rectum), and haematochezia (blood in stools).
If you have any of the following symptoms, stop taking DULCOLAX FOR WOMEN and call your doctor immediately: allergic reactions (including swelling of the face, lips, mouth, tongue or throat which may cause difficulty in swallowing or breathing).
This may not be a complete list of side effects. For any unexpected effects while taking DULCOLAX FOR WOMEN, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
How to store it
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store in a cool, dry place at room temperature (15 – 30°C).
Reporting Suspected Side Effects
You can report any suspected adverse reactions associated with the use of health products to the Canada Vigilance Program by one of the following 3 ways:
- Report online at www.healthcanada.gc.ca/medeffect
- Call toll-free at 1-866-234-2345
- Complete a Canada Vigilance Reporting Form and:
- Fax toll-free to 1-866-678-6789, or
- Mail to: Canada Vigilance Program
Postal Locator 0701E
Postage paid labels, Canada Vigilance Reporting Form and the adverse reaction reporting guidelines are available on the MedEffect Canada Web site
NOTE: Should you require information related to the management of side effects, contact your health professional. The Canada Vigilance Program does not provide medical advice.
This document plus the DULCOLAX Prescribing Information prepared for health professionals can be found at: http://www.boehringer-ingelheim.ca or by contacting the sponsor, Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd. at: 1-800-263-5103, ext. 84633 (Medical Information).
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