ASDA CONSTIPATION RELIEF TABLETS

Active substance: BISACODYL

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PACKAGE LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR THE USER

Asda Constipation Relief Tablets
(Bisacodyl)
Read all this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine:
This medicine is available without prescription. You need to take Asda Constipation Relief Tablets as
instructed in this leaflet to get the best results from it.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
• If a side effect occurs and gets troublesome, or seems serious to you, or if you experience any side
effect not listed in this leaflet, please tell your pharmacist or doctor.
In this leaflet:
1. What Asda Constipation Relief Tablets are and what they are used for
2. Before you take Asda Constipation Relief Tablets
3. How to take Asda Constipation Relief Tablets
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store
6. Further information
1. WHAT ASDA CONSTIPATION RELIEF TABLETS ARE AND WHAT THEY ARE USED FOR
Bisacodyl belongs to a group of medicines known as stimulant laxatives. Stimulant laxatives increase
bowel movements. Bisacodyl Laxative Tablets are used for the short term relief of constipation.
2. BEFORE YOU TAKE ASDA CONSTIPATION RELIEF TABLETS
Do not take Asda Constipation Relief Tablets if you
• are allergic to bisacodyl or to any of the ingredients listed in section 6
• are intolerant to or cannot digest some sugars (as the tablet contains a small amount of lactose
and sucrose)
• are pregnant or breastfeeding
• have severe dehydration
• have a bowel condition called “ileus” in the small intestine
• have severe abdominal pain with nausea and vomiting
• have an abdominal condition such as appendicitis
• have a blocked bowel (intestinal obstruction)
• have inflammation of the bowel (small or large intestine).
If you are not sure whether the tablets are suitable for you, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
Taking other medicines
• Do not take antacids within one hour after taking these tablets.
• Do not use suppositories whilst taking Asda Constipation Relief Tablets.

4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Asda Constipation Relief Tablets may cause griping pain and abdominal cramps.
Continued daily use of Asda Constipation Relief Tablets over a long period of time can lead to ‘lazy
bowels’ (atonic non-functioning colon) a condition in which bowel emptying occurs infrequently and low
blood potassium (hypokalaemia), signs of which are fatigue, dizziness and general muscle weakness.
Rare side effects (affect less than 1 in 1000 people)
Severe allergic reactions which may cause swelling of the face or throat and difficulty in breathing or
dizziness. If you have a severe allergic reaction, stop taking this medicine and see a doctor straight away.
• Colitis (inflammation of the large intestine which causes abdominal pain and diarrhoea)
• Dehydration
• Allergic reactions which may cause a skin rash
• Fainting
Uncommon side effects (affect less than 1 in 100 people)
• Blood in the stools
• Vomiting
• Abdominal discomfort
• Discomfort inside and around the back passage
• Dizziness
Common side effects (affect less than 1 in 10 people)
• Abdominal cramps or pain
• Diarrhoea
• Nausea
If a side effect occurs and gets troublesome or seems serious to you, or if you experience any side
effect not listed in this leaflet, please tell your pharmacist or doctor
If you have any of these side effects or have any other effects, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
5. HOW TO STORE
• Store below 25°C. Keep in original container.
• Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight of children.
• Do not use this medicine after the expiry date on the packaging.
6. FURTHER INFORMATION

Sugar intolerance
The tablets contain a small amount of lactose and sucrose in each tablet. Patients with rare hereditary
problems of fructose intolerance, glucose-galactose malabsorption or sucrase-isomaltase insufficiency
should not take this medicine.
If you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before taking this medicine.
3. HOW TO TAKE ASDA CONSTIPATION RELIEF TABLETS
Swallow the tablets whole with water. The tablets should not be chewed or crushed.
Doses
For constipation:
Adults (including the elderly) and children over 10 years: 1 to 2 tablets at night.
If you take more tablets than you should
If you have taken more than the recommended number of tablets, contact a doctor for advice
straight away.
Length of treatment
These tablets should not be used every day for more than 5 days. If you need laxatives every day,
then you should see your doctor to find the cause of your constipation.
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What is in your tablets
The active ingredient (the ingredient which makes this medicine work) is bisacodyl. Each tablet
contains 5mg of bisacodyl.
The tablets also contain: lactose, maize starch, cellulose acetate phthalate, diethyl phthalate, sucrose,
povidone, magnesium stearate, pregelatinised maize starch, talc, E171 (titanium dioxide) and E104
(quinoline yellow).
What your tablets look like and the contents of the pack
Asda Constipation Relief Tablets are round yellow, sugar-coated tablets.
They are packed in cylindrical plastic containers or cartons containing blister strips.
Both pack types contain 8, 10, 20 or 40 tablets.
If you want to know more about your medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist who can give you
more information.
Marketing authorisation holder
and manufacturer
Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories (UK) Limited
6 Riverview Road, Beverley
East Yorkshire, HU17 0LD

This leaflet was last approved 15.04.2011
Asda Constipation Relief Tablets
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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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