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D02985

Bisacodyl 10mg Suppositories
Bisacodyl
Read all this leaflet carefully before you start
using Bisacodyl Suppositories
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again
• If you have any further questions, please ask
your doctor or pharmacist
• This medicine has been prescribed for you
personally. Do not pass it on to others. It may
harm them, even their symptoms are the same
as yours
• If any of the side effects become serious, or if
you notice any side effects not listed in this
leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist

In this leaflet:
1. What Bisacodyl Suppositories are and what
they are used for.
2. Before you use Bisacodyl Suppositories.
3. How to use Bisacodyl Suppositories.
4. Possible side-effects.
5. Storing Bisacodyl Suppositories.
6. Further information.

1. What Bisacodyl Suppositories are
and what they are used for.
Bisacodyl belongs to a group of medicines called

laxatives. A laxative is a medicine which is used for
the treatment of constipation.
Bisacodyl Suppositories act as a stimulant
laxative for short term treatment of constipation
and for emptying the bowels before surgery or
investigational testing procedures.
Bisacodyl Suppositories do not help with weight
loss.

2. Before you use Bisacodyl
Suppositories.
Do not use Bisacodyl Suppositories if:

• you are allergic (hypersensitive) to bisacodyl
or any of the other ingredients of Bisacodyl
Suppositories, listed in section 6 of this leaflet.
• you have severe abdominal pain with nausea
and vomiting
• you have severe dehydration
• you have serious abdominal condition called
‘ileus’ (in the small intestine)
• you have serious abdominal condition such as
appendicitis
• you have blocked bowel (intestinal obstruction)
• you have inflammation of the bowel (small or
large intestine)
• you have cracking of the skin around your back
passage (anal fistules)
• you have inflammation or ulcers around your
back passage (ulcerative proctitis)

Taking other medicines
Please tell your pharmacist or doctor if you
are taking or have recently taken any other
medicines, including medicines obtained without
a prescription. This includes herbal medicines. This
is because Bisacodyl Suppositories can affect the
way some other medicines work. Also, some other
medicines can affect the way Bisacodyl
Suppositories work.
In particular, tell your pharmacist or doctor if you
are taking any of the following medicines:
• Water tablets (diuretics) such as bendrofluazide
or furosemide (frusemide)
• Steroid medicines such as prednisolone
Before using Bisacodyl Suppositories, tell your
pharmacist or doctor if you are not sure if any of
the above applies to you.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before
taking any medication if you are pregnant
planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
Driving and using machines
Some people may feel dizzy or faint while taking
this medicine. If this happens to you, wait until
these feelings go away before driving or using
machines.

3. How to use Bisacodyl
Suppositories.

The product is not suitable for use by children
under 10 years of age.
As with all laxatives, the suppositories should not
be used every day for more than 5 days. If you
need laxatives every day you should see your
doctor.
If you use more Bisacodyl Suppositories than
you should
It may be harmful to:
• take too much of Bisacodyl Suppositories or
• Take Bisacodyl Suppositories for too long
This is because taking too much for too long may
lead to:
• A ‘lazy bowel’, where the muscle in the bowel
becomes too relaxed. This means that bowel
emptying happens less often. This can lead to
long-term constipation.
• Imbalance of fluid and salts in the body. This can
affect the tightness of muscles such as those in
the bowel. It can also affect the salts in the blood.
• Low levels of potassium in the blood (called
‘hypo-kalaemia’). This can make you tired, dizzy,
make your muscles weak and cause an uneven
heart-beat.
• Dehydration, making you thirsty, feel faint and
giving you headaches. It can also mean you
cannot pass enough urine.
If these suppositories are swallowed or if you have
exceeded the stated dose of your medicine contact
the nearest hospital or your doctor immediately,
taking the carton, this leaflet and any suppositories
with you.

4. Possible side-effects.

Always use Bisacodyl Suppositories exactly as your
doctor has told you. You should check with your
doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
To remove a suppository, tear one from
the strip along the perforations, then
peel the plastic from it by grasping the
two halves of the wrapping at the tip
of the suppository and pulling them gently apart.
Bisacodyl Suppositories should not be
swallowed
Short-term treatment for constipation
Adults (including the elderly) and children over
10 years.
Insert one suppository into the rectum (back
passage) or as directed by your doctor.
For preparation of investigational testing
procedures and before surgery:
Should only be used under medical supervision.
Adults and children over 10 years
You will normally be given Bisacodyl coated tablets
and suppositories by your doctor or hospital
prior to you having an investigation procedure or
surgery. The usual dose is 2 coated tablets in the
morning and 2 coated tablets in the evening and 1
suppository into the rectum (back passage) on the
following morning, or as directed by your doctor.

Like all medicines Bisacodyl Suppositories can
cause side effects, although not everybody gets
them. These include:
• Severe allergic reactions which may cause
swelling of the face or throat and difficulty in
breathing or dizziness. If you have severe allergic
reaction, stop taking this medicine and see a
doctor straight away
• Colitis
• Dehydration
• Abdominal cramps or pain
• Nausea
• Diarrhoea
• Vomiting
• Abdominal discomfort
• Blood in the stools
• Discomfort inside and around back passage
• Dizziness
• Fainting
If any of the side effects get serious or you notice
any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell
your doctor or pharmacist.

Continued overleaf

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Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor,
pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible
side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also
report side effects directly (see details below). By
reporting side effects you can help provide more
information on the safety of this medicine.
United Kingdom
Yellow Card Scheme
Website: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard

5. Storing Bisacodyl Suppositories.
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of
children.
Do not use Bisacodyl Suppositories after the expiry
date printed on the carton. The expiry date refers
to the last day of that month.
Store in a dry place below 25°C and protected from
direct light.
Medicines should not be disposed of via
wastewater or household waste. Ask your
pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer
required. These measures will help to protect the
environment.

6. Further information.
What Bisacodyl Suppositories contain
The active substance is 10 milligrams (mg) of
Bisacodyl BP
The other ingredient is Witepsol H15
What Bisacodyl Suppositories look like and
contents of the pack
The suppositories are sealed in a plastic strip
within a cardboard carton in packs of 12 or 150
suppositories.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and
Manufacturer
Martindale Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Bampton Road, Harold Hill, Romford
RM3 8UG, United Kingdom
Product Licence Number: PL 00156/0045
Date of approval: April 2015

D02985

PACKAGE LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR THE USER

2985-C

D02984

Bisacodyl 10mg Suppositories
Bisacodyl
Read all this leaflet carefully before you start
using Bisacodyl Suppositories
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again
• If you have any further questions, please ask
your doctor or pharmacist
• This medicine has been prescribed for you
personally. Do not pass it on to others. It may
harm them, even their symptoms are the same
as yours
• If any of the side effects become serious, or if
you notice any side effects not listed in this
leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist

In this leaflet:
1. What Bisacodyl Suppositories are and what
they are used for.
2. Before you use Bisacodyl Suppositories.
3. How to use Bisacodyl Suppositories.
4. Possible side-effects.
5. Storing Bisacodyl Suppositories.
6. Further information.

1. What Bisacodyl Suppositories
are and what they are used for.
Bisacodyl belongs to a group of medicines called
laxatives. A laxative is a medicine which is used
for the treatment of constipation.
Bisacodyl Suppositories act as a stimulant
laxative for short term treatment of constipation
and for emptying the bowels before surgery or
investigational testing procedures.
Bisacodyl Suppositories do not help with weight
loss.

2. Before you use Bisacodyl
Suppositories.
Do not use Bisacodyl Suppositories if:
• you are allergic (hypersensitive) to bisacodyl
or any of the other ingredients of Bisacodyl
Suppositories, listed in section 6 of this leaflet.
• you have severe abdominal pain with nausea
and vomiting
• you have severe dehydration
• you have serious abdominal condition called
‘ileus’ (in the small intestine)
• you have serious abdominal condition such as
appendicitis
• you have blocked bowel (intestinal obstruction)
• you have inflammation of the bowel (small or
large intestine)
• you have cracking of the skin around your back
passage (anal fistules)
• you have inflammation or ulcers around your
back passage (ulcerative proctitis)

Taking other medicines
Please tell your pharmacist or doctor if you
are taking or have recently taken any other
medicines, including medicines obtained without
a prescription. This includes herbal medicines.
This is because Bisacodyl Suppositories can affect
the way some other medicines work. Also, some
other medicines can affect the way Bisacodyl
Suppositories work.
In particular, tell your pharmacist or doctor if you
are taking any of the following medicines:
• Water tablets (diuretics) such as bendrofluazide
or furosemide (frusemide)
• Steroid medicines such as prednisolone
Before using Bisacodyl Suppositories, tell your
pharmacist or doctor if you are not sure if any of
the above applies to you.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before
taking any medication if you are pregnant
planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
Driving and using machines
Some people may feel dizzy or faint while taking
this medicine. If this happens to you, wait until
these feelings go away before driving or using
machines.

3. How to use Bisacodyl
Suppositories.
Always use Bisacodyl Suppositories exactly as
your doctor has told you. You should check with
your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
To remove a suppository, tear one from
the strip along the perforations, then
peel the plastic from it by grasping the
two halves of the wrapping at the tip
of the suppository and pulling them gently apart.
Bisacodyl Suppositories should not be
swallowed
Short-term treatment for constipation
Adults (including the elderly) and children
over 10 years.
Insert one suppository into the rectum (back
passage) or as directed by your doctor.
For preparation of investigational testing
procedures and before surgery:
Should only be used under medical supervision.
Adults and children over 10 years
You will normally be given Bisacodyl coated
tablets and suppositories by your doctor or
hospital prior to you having an investigation
procedure or surgery. The usual dose is 2 coated
tablets in the morning and 2 coated tablets in the
evening and 1 suppository into the rectum (back
passage) on the following morning, or as directed
by your doctor.
Continued overleaf

The product is not suitable for use by children
under 10 years of age.
As with all laxatives, the suppositories should not
be used every day for more than 5 days. If you
need laxatives every day you should see your
doctor.
If you use more Bisacodyl Suppositories than
you should
It may be harmful to:
• take too much of Bisacodyl Suppositories or
• Take Bisacodyl Suppositories for too long
This is because taking too much for too long may
lead to:
• A ‘lazy bowel’, where the muscle in the bowel
becomes too relaxed. This means that bowel
emptying happens less often. This can lead to
long-term constipation.
• Imbalance of fluid and salts in the body. This
can affect the tightness of muscles such as
those in the bowel. It can also affect the salts in
the blood.
• Low levels of potassium in the blood (called
‘hypo-kalaemia’). This can make you tired, dizzy,
make your muscles weak and cause an uneven
heart-beat.
• Dehydration, making you thirsty, feel faint and
giving you headaches. It can also mean you
cannot pass enough urine.
If these suppositories are swallowed or if
you have exceeded the stated dose of your
medicine contact the nearest hospital or your
doctor immediately, taking the carton, this
leaflet and any suppositories with you.

4. Possible side-effects.
Like all medicines Bisacodyl Suppositories can
cause side effects, although not everybody
gets them. These include:
• Severe allergic reactions which may cause
swelling of the face or throat and difficulty
in breathing or dizziness. If you have severe
allergic reaction, stop taking this medicine
and see a doctor straight away
• Colitis
• Dehydration
• Abdominal cramps or pain
• Nausea
• Diarrhoea
• Vomiting
• Abdominal discomfort
• Blood in the stools
• Discomfort inside and around back passage
• Dizziness
• Fainting
If any of the side effects get serious or you
notice any side effects not listed in this
leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.

100mm Measurement Verification Bar

Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your
doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any
possible side effects not listed in this leaflet.
You can also report side effects directly (see
details below). By reporting side effects you
can help provide more information on the
safety of this medicine.
United Kingdom
Yellow Card Scheme
Website: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard

5. Storing Bisacodyl Suppositories.
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of
children.
Do not use Bisacodyl Suppositories after the
expiry date printed on the carton. The expiry date
refers to the last day of that month.
Store in a dry place below 25°C and protected
from direct light.
Medicines should not be disposed of via
wastewater or household waste. Ask your
pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no
longer required. These measures will help to
protect the environment.

6. Further information.
What Bisacodyl Suppositories contain
The active substance is 10 milligrams (mg) of
Bisacodyl BP
The other ingredient is Witepsol H15
What Bisacodyl Suppositories look like and
contents of the pack
The suppositories are sealed in a plastic strip
within a cardboard carton in packs of 12 or 150
suppositories.
Marketing Authorisation Holder
Martindale Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Bampton Road, Harold Hill, Romford
RM3 8UG, United Kingdom
Manufacturer
Ricesteele Manufacturing Limited,
Cookstown Industrial Estate, Tallaght, Dublin 24
Product Licence Number: PL 00156/0045
Date of approval: April 2015

D02984

PACKAGE LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR THE USER

2984-C

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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