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What Factors Affect Dulcolax® Dosage?

Mary McMahon
Mary McMahon
Mary McMahon
Mary McMahon

Appropriate Dulcolax® dosage can depend on a patient’s age and response to the medication. This drug treats constipation by increasing movement in the intestines to make it easier to pass stool. It may be recommended for people experiencing temporary constipation related to medications, disease, or dietary factors. If the stool problems continue, it may be necessary to pursue other treatment options that are more suitable for the long term. Patients can also take the drug in preparation for medical procedures like colonoscopies, where the bowel needs to be clear, in which case they should receive specific dosing directions from the the hospital or clinic.

Tablets and suppositories are available. The oral form of Dulcolax® is a timed-released medication so it must be taken whole to avoid disrupting the coating, and shouldn’t be taken with acidic foods. It can take between six and 12 hours to experience a bowel movement after taking a tablet. Suppositories inserted into the rectum should work in approximately an hour.

Dulcolax is used to treat temporary constipation.
Dulcolax is used to treat temporary constipation.

Adults can take a full suppository or two tablets, while the dose for children should be halved. The Dulcolax® dosage should not be increased beyond this without specific direction from a medical care provider, because patients could experience severe side effects. If the medication doesn’t work within the expected time frame, it may be necessary to take a different drug or explore other options for managing the constipation. Significantly impacted stool may require more aggressive treatment in a clinic.

The recommended dosage of Dulcolax can sometimes cause an upset stomach and cramping.
The recommended dosage of Dulcolax can sometimes cause an upset stomach and cramping.

After taking the recommended Dulcolax® dosage, some patients experience stomach upset, which can include cramping, nausea, and vomiting. If these symptoms are severe and persistent, they may be signs of a bad reaction. Repeating the dose in an attempt to resolve constipation is not advised, because it may cause severe discomfort. The Dulcolax® dosage is designed for short term use. If patients find that they need the medication for more than a week, it may be necessary to discuss other options for managing constipation.

If the recommended dose of Dulcolax is not effective, other treatment options may be recommended by a doctor.
If the recommended dose of Dulcolax is not effective, other treatment options may be recommended by a doctor.

The drug packaging should contain recommendations on Dulcolax® dosage, including adjustments for children and underweight adults. People below two years of age shouldn’t be given the medication without consulting a doctor. If a bad reaction develops after taking it, it may be advisable to consider a different medication for managing constipation in the future. In addition, some patients find that Dulcolax® isn't effective; numerous other options are available, including stool softeners.

Mary McMahon
Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a researcher and writer. Mary has a liberal arts degree from Goddard College and spends her free time reading, cooking, and exploring the great outdoors.

Mary McMahon
Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a researcher and writer. Mary has a liberal arts degree from Goddard College and spends her free time reading, cooking, and exploring the great outdoors.

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    • Dulcolax is used to treat temporary constipation.
      By: rob3000
      Dulcolax is used to treat temporary constipation.
    • The recommended dosage of Dulcolax can sometimes cause an upset stomach and cramping.
      By: 9nong
      The recommended dosage of Dulcolax can sometimes cause an upset stomach and cramping.
    • If the recommended dose of Dulcolax is not effective, other treatment options may be recommended by a doctor.
      By: Monkey Business
      If the recommended dose of Dulcolax is not effective, other treatment options may be recommended by a doctor.
    • The dosage of Dulcolax a child receives should be half that of what an adult would take.
      By: Ermolaev Alexandr
      The dosage of Dulcolax a child receives should be half that of what an adult would take.
    • Prolonged constipation may cause unintentional weight loss.
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      Prolonged constipation may cause unintentional weight loss.
    • The optimal dose of Dulcolax® dosage takes into account any other drugs used by the patient.
      By: Kaspars Grinvalds
      The optimal dose of Dulcolax® dosage takes into account any other drugs used by the patient.
    • Dulcolax is available in both tablet and suppository form.
      By: Gabriel Blaj
      Dulcolax is available in both tablet and suppository form.
    • Suppositories inserted into the rectum should work in about an hour.
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      Suppositories inserted into the rectum should work in about an hour.