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17.01 Bisacodyl (Dulcolax)

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Generic Name

Bisacodyl

Trade Name

Dulcolax

Indication

Treatment of constipation, bowel regimen

Action

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

Therapeutic Class

Laxatives

Pharmacologic Class

Stimulant laxatives

Nursing Considerations

• May lead to hypokalemia
• May cause abdominal pain and cramps
• Not for use within 1 hour of taking milk product
• 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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