Brand Name(s): Correctol, Dulcolax
Drug Class: Laxatives
Treats: Bowel Preparation Constipation
Bisacodyl is grouped in a class of drugs known as laxatives. It is also known a stimulant laxative. Its main purpose is to relieve occasional constipation and irregularity. It functions by directly stimulating the bowel muscles to cause a bowel movement. It is also used for other medical conditions prescribed by the doctor.
Bisacodyl is a prescription drug that is used to treat constipation. Bisacodyl may also be used to clean the intestines just before a bowel examination or surgery. Bisacodyl is in a category of drugs called stimulant laxatives.
Bisacodyl works by increasing activity in the intestines, an action that enables the stool to come out. Bisacodyl should not be used for more than one week unless under the direction of a doctor or pharmacist.
Note that it may take between 6 and 12 hours before Bisacodyl triggers a bowel movement. Get in touch with a physician if your condition worsens.