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Constipation affects women more often than men. That’s why the makers of Dulcolax® have created Dulcolax® For Women Tablets.
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.
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.
Dulcolax® FOR WOMEN is used for relief of occasional constipation.
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.
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.
Tablets 5 mg
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.
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.
Do not crush or chew tablets; swallow them whole.
Do not take with milk or antacids.
For relief of occasional constipation:
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.
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.
Keep out of the reach and sight of children. Store in a cool, dry place at room temperature (15 – 30°C).
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.
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