What are Dulcolax Overnight Tablets?
Dulcolax Overnight Relief tablets are laxative tablets that work as you sleep to ease your constipation. Constipation can be very uncomfortable, making you feel bloated and blocked up until you manage to have a bowel movement, and laxative tablets like these can help. If you’re suffering from constipation and need a reliable treatment that can help to get things moving again quickly, Dulcolax Overnight tablets could be the perfect solution for you.
What is constipation?
Constipation is a common condition that simply means you can’t poo. Most people have constipation at least once in their lives and it usually clears up by itself relatively quickly but it has lots of different causes. Some of the most common reasons why people have constipation include:
- Not getting enough fibre in your diet
- Being dehydrated
- A change in your diet or routine
- Being inactive or not exercising often
- Resisting the urge to go to the toilet
- Side effects of some medication, such as codeine
How will Dulcolax 5mg Overnight Tablets help to ease my constipation?
Each Dulcolax Overnight tablet contains 5mg of an active ingredient called bisacodyl. Bisacodyl is a stimulant laxative, which means it works by stimulating the walls of your bowel, helping it to move poo through your system so you can pass it. This process works within 6 - 12 hours, so you can typically take your tablets before you go to bed and have a bowel movement the following morning.
Can I take these laxative tablets if I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding you should speak to your doctor or pharmacies before taking Dulcolax tablets or any other laxatives or medications. Some medications may not be suitable for you during these times, but a medical professional can help you to choose a treatment that’s right for you and your baby.
Can I take this product if I’m taking other medication?
If you’re taking any other medication you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Dulcolax Overnight tablets. This especially applies if you are already taking:
- Water tablets, which are also known as diuretics, such as bendrofluazide or furosemide (also known as frusemide)
- Steroid medicines, such as prednisolone
- Any other laxatives
Can I drive after taking these tablets?
Some people may find that they feel dizzy after taking Dulcolax laxative tablets. If this happens to you, you should not attempt to drive or operate any tools or machinery until the sensation has passed and you are absolutely sure that you are safe to do so.
How to take these tablets
Take 1 - 2 Dulcolax Overnight tablets at night, swallowed whole with a drink of water. If you have never taken laxatives before, start with one tablet and then increase the dosage to 2 if needed. Do not take these tablets every day for more than 5 days, if you find that you do need to take laxatives every day, you should speak to your doctor for advice. Do not drink milk or take antacids or proton pump inhibitors (which are used to reduce excess stomach acid) within an hour of taking these tablets as they will stop this product from working.
When should this product not be used?
Dulcolax Overnight Tablets are not suitable for children under the age of 18. Do not use this product if you are allergic to bisacodyl or any of the other listed ingredients. Do not take these tablets if you:
- Cannot digest some sugars or are intolerant to some sugars, as this product contains small amounts of lactose and sucrose
- Have severe dehydration
- Have a bowel condition called ‘ileus’ which causes blockage in the intestine
- Have a serious abdominal condition, such as appendicitis
- Have severe abdominal pain with nausea and vomiting
- Have a blocked bowel or intestinal obstruction
- Have inflammation of your small or large intestine
Do Dulcolax Overnight Tablets have any side effects?
Like all medications, Dulcolax Overnight Tablets can have side effects although not everyone will experience them. If you experience any of the following side effects you may be experiencing a severe allergic reaction and should seek immediate medical attention:
- Swelling of the face, nose, or throat
- Difficulty breathing
Other side effects you may experience include:
- Colitis, causing inflammation of the large intestine, abdominal pain, diarrhoea
- Allergic reactions, e.g. skin rash
- Blood in your poo
- Abdominal discomfort
- Discomfort inside and around your anus
- Abdominal cramps or pain
If you experience these or any other side effects while using this product, stop use and speak to your doctor or pharmacist right away. For more information about reporting the side effects of medications, please see the MHRA’s Yellow Card Scheme.
How to store this product
Store in a cool, dry place which is below 25 degrees. Do not use this product if the expiry date printed on the original packaging has passed. Keep out of sight and reach of children.
This product is a medicine; make sure to speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before taking this product if you have an underlying medical problem or are taking any other medicine or complementary therapy. If your symptoms get worse or continue after taking this product, contact us or your doctor. For medical services in your area, please refer to https://www.nhs.uk
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Each tablet contains 5 mg of bisacodyl as the active ingredient
The other ingredients are: lactose monohydrate, maize starch, sucrose (approximately 21 mg per tablet), glycerol, magnesium stearate, talc (E553b), acacia (powdered), white beeswax (E901), shellac (E904), carnauba wax (E903), titanium dioxide (E171), yellow iron oxide (E172), methacrylic acid-methyl methacrylate copolymer, castor oil and macrogol 6000
What Can I do if My Baby or Child is Constipated?
Have you gone to change your baby and found that the little present they usually leave for you in their nappy just isn’t there?
Or maybe your child is finding it difficult to go to the toilet and tries to avoid pooping like the plague?
Your child could be suffering with constipation, and today we’re going to find out what that is, why it’s happening, and what you can do to help.
Don’t you just hate blockages? Whether it is in the nose and you struggle to breathe through it and smell, or whether it is a traffic jam caused by an accident that leaves you stuck on the road, they are a pain.
The same can be said about constipation, a simple blockage in the digestive system that can cause a lot of problems. To find the solution to constipation, first, you need to know the cause.
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