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Bisacodyl (Dulcolax) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations

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What is the Generic Name for Dulcolax?

bisacodyl

What is the Trade Name for bisacodyl?

Dulcolax

What are the Indications of Bisacodyl (Dulcolax) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations?

treatment of constipation, bowel regimen

What are the Actions of Bisacodyl (Dulcolax) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations?

stimulates enteric nerves to cause peristalsis which leads to fluid accumulation in the colon

What is the Therapeutic Class of Bisacodyl (Dulcolax) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations?

axatives

What is the Pharmacologic Class of Bisacodyl (Dulcolax) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations?

stimulant laxatives

What are the Nursing Considerations of Bisacodyl (Dulcolax) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations?

  • may lead to hypokalemia
  • may cause abdominal pain and cramps
  • use caution with milk
  • assess for abdominal distention and bowel function
  • instruct patient to drink 1500-2000 mL/day during therapy
  • monitor fluid and electrolyte levels
  • instruct patient to take as ordered

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