Dulcolax® For Women Laxative Tablets

Overnight relief (6-12 hours)

Constipation affects  women more often than men. That’s why the makers of Dulcolax® have created Dulcolax® For Women Tablets.

  • For gentle, dependable relief of occasional constipation

How do Dulcolax® for Women Tablets work?

Dulcolax® for Women Laxative Tablets belong to a group of medicines known as stimulant laxatives. Each small tablet contains a precisely-measured amount of the active ingredient bisacodyl, which stimulates bowel muscles while retaining water in the intestines. The effect is to soften the stool and make it pass through more quickly.

Each tablet has a special coating to ensure that the active ingredient is released right where it’s needed. The coating resists the acidic digestive juices of the stomach and small intestine.

Dulcolax® for WomenTablets are formulated differently than Ducolax® Laxative Tablets. However both products contain the same quantity of the active ingredient, bisacodyl 5 mg and have the same mode of action. Dulcolax® for Women Tablets are enteric coated pink tablets whereas Dulcolax® Laxative Tablets are enteric coated yellow tablets. Both products can be used by either men or women.

How should Dulcolax® for Women Tablets be taken?*

  • For the relief of occasional constipation:
    • Adults 12 years and over: take 1 to 2 tablets daily
  • Take the tablets at night to have a bowel movement in the morning
  • Do not crush or chew tablets; swallow them whole. Do not take with milk or antacids
  • Do not give Dulcolax® For Women to a child less than 6 years of age unless the doctor tells you to

*Consumer information : Product Label

Product Label

This leaflet is part of the "Prescribing Information" published for Dulcolax® and is designed specifically for Consumers. This leaflet is a summary and will not tell you everything about Dulcolax® FOR WOMEN. Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions about the drug.

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:

Bisacodyl 

What the important non-medicinal ingredients are:


Enteric coated tablets contain: acacia, ammonium hydroxide, carnauba wax, corn starch, D&C Red #27 aluminum lake, FD&C Blue #2 aluminum lake, FD&C Yellow #6 aluminum lake, iron oxide black, glycerin, glyceryl monostearate, lactose, magnesium stearate, methacrylic acid and ethyl acrylate copolymer, methylparaben, modified starch, polyethylene glycol, polysorbate, povidone, propylene glycol, propylparaben, shellac, sodium benzoate, sucrose, talc, titanium dioxide, triethyl citrate, white wax. 



What dosage forms it comes in:


Tablets 5 mg 



WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS 


BEFORE you use Dulcolax® 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.


Do not take Dulcolax® for weight loss.

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.

Usual dose:

For relief of occasional 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).

Overdose:

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 and sight of children. Store in a cool, dry place at room temperature (15 – 30°C).

REPORTING SUSPECTED SIDE EFFECTS

You can report any suspected side effects associated with the use of health products to Health Canada by:

NOTE: Contact your health professional if you need information about how to manage your side effects. The Canada Vigilance Program does not provide medical advice.

MORE INFORMATION

This document plus the DULCOLAX Prescribing Information prepared for health professionals can be found at: www.sanofi.ca or by contacting the sponsor, sanofi-aventis Canada Inc., at: 1 800-265-7927.


Please visit our website to see if more up-to-date information has been posted.


This leaflet was prepared by sanofi-aventis Canada Inc.


Last revised: January 15, 2018