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In the US, Bisacodyl (bisacodyl systemic) is a member of the drug class laxatives and is used to treat Bowel Preparation and Constipation.

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ATC (Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical Classification)


CAS registry number (Chemical Abstracts Service)


Chemical Formula


Molecular Weight


Therapeutic Categories

Contact laxative

Laxative, antiresorptive and/or secretagogue

Chemical Name

4,4'-(2-pyridinylmetylene)diphenol diacetate (WHO)

Foreign Names

  • Bisacodylum (Latin)
  • Bisacodyl (German)
  • Bisacodyl (French)
  • Bisacodilo (Spanish)

Generic Names

  • Bisacodil (OS: DCIT)
  • Bisacodyl (OS: BAN, DCF, JAN)
  • 5-21-05-00415 (IS: Beilstein)
  • BRN 0323727 (IS)
  • La 96 a (IS)
  • UNII-10X0709Y6I (IS)
  • Bisacodyl (PH: BP 2016, JP XVI, Ph. Eur. 8, USP 38)
  • Bisacodylum (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)

Brand Names


BANBritish Approved Name
DCFDénomination Commune Française
DCITDenominazione Comune Italiana
ISInofficial Synonym
JANJapanese Accepted Name
OSOfficial Synonym
PHPharmacopoeia Name
Rec.INNRecommended International Nonproprietary Name (World Health Organization)
WHOWorld Health Organization

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