FAQs

Dulcolax® Tablets

What time of day should I take Dulcolax® Tablets?

It is recommended that you take Dulcolax® Tablets when you can allow 6 to 12 hours for the product to work. You may find that it is most convenient to take the product about 30 to 60 minutes before your normal bedtime in order to produce a bowel movement in the morning.

Is it safe to use Dulcolax® Tablets on a daily basis?

Dulcolax® is recommended for short term use only. If symptoms persist seek medical advice.

How many Dulcolax® Tablets can I take?

Adults and children over 10 years of age can take 1 to 2 tablets in a single daily dose. It is suggested to take the tablets within 30 to 60 minutes before your normal bedtime to produce a bowel movement the next morning. Children 6-10 years can take one tablet at night. Children under 6 years are not recommended to use Dulcolax® Tablets. Please refer to the Dulcolax® Tablets dosage information on the carton or enclosed leaflet for advice on taking Dulcolax® Tablets. See medical advice for use in children.

How do I use Dulcolax® Tablets? Can I chew or crush them?

Dulcolax® Tablets can be taken with water, but should be swallowed whole. The tablets must not be chewed or crushed. They are small and can be easily swallowed. Do not take Dulcolax® Tablets within 1 hour of consuming dairy products or antacids.

Should I take the Dulcolax® Tablets before, after, or with meals?

Dulcolax® Tablets can generally be taken at any time except within one hour of consuming dairy products or antacids. Dulcolax® tablets have a special enteric coating, which protects the tablet from the stomach’s acidic environment and ensures it is released in the small intestine (bowel) where it is needed most.

How do Dulcolax® Tablets work?

Dulcolax® Tablets are designed to stimulate the bowel and help form soft stools. The tablets are coated to prevent the active ingredient from being released until it reaches the part of the intestines (bowel) where it is needed to work.

Can I take Dulcolax® Tablets with milk or dairy products?

No. This product should not be taken with milk or dairy products. Do not take Dulcolax® Tablets within one hour of taking indigestion remedies (antacids) or dairy products such as milk or yoghurt as these could cause the tablet’s comfort (enteric) coating to dissolve before it reaches the bowel which may result in vomiting or cramping.
For additional questions regarding usage, side effects, or storage instructions, please refer to the Dulcolax® Tablets carton label or consumer medicine information leaflet in the carton, or contact your healthcare professional.

Dulcolax® Drops

What time of day should I take Dulcolax® SP Drops?

It is recommended that you take Dulcolax® SP Drops when you can allow 6 to 12 hours for the product to work. You may find that it is most convenient to take the product about 30 to 60 minutes before your normal bedtime in order to produce a bowel movement in the morning.

Does Dulcolax® SP Drops contain sugar?

Dulcolax® SP Drops are sugar free.

How do I take Dulcolax® SP Drops?

Follow the directions for use on the carton. Dulcolax® SP Drops can be dripped onto a spoon and should then be taken immediately.
Dulcolax® SP Drops can be added to a glass of water, fruit juice or another drink. Drink the entire contents of the glass immediately after Dulcolax® SP Drops have been added.

Does Dulcolax® SP Drops come with a measuring cup?

Dulcolax® SP Drops is available in a dropper bottle therefore a measuring cup is not required. The required dose can be administered by simply holding the bottle with the dropper facing downwards and gently squeezing the bottle.

Do you need to mix Dulcolax® SP Drops before taking it?

Dulcolax® SP Drops can be dripped onto a spoon and then taken immediately.

Can you mix Dulcolax® SP Drops with juice?

Dulcolax® SP Drops can be mixed with juice, water or another drink. Drink the entire contents of the glass immediately after Dulcolax SP Drops have been added. Because Dulcolax® SP Drops are tasteless and odourless, it will not change the flavour of the drink.

Can children be given Dulcolax® SP Drops?

Dulcolax® SP Drops can be given to children from 4 years of age. Children from 4 -10 years, administer 5 to 10 drops at night. Children 10 years and over, initially administer 10 drops at night. This dose can be increased to 20 drops only if required.

Do you need to store Dulcolax® SP Drops in the refrigerator?

Dulcolax® SP Drops does not need to be stored in the refrigerator but in a cool dry place where the temperature is below 25°C.

Does Dulcolax® SP Drops need to be discarded after a set period of time after opening the bottle?

Dulcolax® SP Drops does not need to be discarded after a set period of time after opening the bottle.
Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

Dulcolax® Suppositories

What time of day should I use Dulcolax® Suppositories?

You may use a Dulcolax® Suppository anytime. It generally produces a bowel movement in 20 – 45 minutes.

How often can I use Dulcolax® Suppositories? Is it safe for daily use?

For short term use only.

How many Dulcolax® Suppositories can I use?

Adults and children over 10 years can use 1 Dulcolax® Suppository a day. Not recommended for use in children under 10 years of age. Please consult a doctor for use in children.

How do I use Dulcolax® Suppositories? What does retain mean?

Remove the suppository from the plastic wrapping and insert the suppository, pointed end first, into the rectum. For best results, you should lie down for 15 to 20 minutes and try to retain the suppository for as long as you can. To retain the suppository means to keep the suppository in the rectum.

Do you need to remove the suppository after it has been inserted?

The Dulcolax® Suppository does not need to be removed after it has been inserted; it works in the rectum within 20 – 45 minutes.

How do Dulcolax® Suppositories work?

Dulcolax® Suppositories contain 10 mg of bisacodyl, which stimulates the muscles in the bowel (intestine) and rectum to promote movement.

How should Dulcolax® Suppositories be used?

Dulcolax® Suppositories are to be inserted rectally. They are not intended for oral or vaginal use.

Should Dulcolax® Suppositories be used on an empty or full stomach?

Dulcolax® Suppositories may be used before or after a meal, however please note, these products are to be used in the rectum and not eaten.
For additional questions regarding usage, side effects, or storage instructions, please refer to the Dulcolax® Suppository carton label, consumer medicine information leaflet enclosed or contact your healthcare professional.

Dulcogas Sachets

How does Dulcogas® work?

Simethicone works by causing smaller gas bubbles to combine, creating larger gas bubbles that can be passed more easily and less frequently. Simethicone does not prevent gas bubbles from forming.

What causes gas?

Naturally, our bodies contain gas. However, there are many common causes of additional gas such as eating too fast, and consuming drinks like carbonated beverages or eating indigestible foods. Gas is also a common symptom accompanying constipation.

What foods can cause gas and bloating?

While each person is different, foods associated with increased gas production can include:
Legumes: beans, peas, peanuts, soy
Vegetables: broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, corn, lettuce, peppers
Fruits: apples, apricots, cherries, peaches, pears, plums, prunes
Other: wheat, oat bran, whole grains

How fast does Dulcogas® work?

Dulcogas® starts to work in minutes. If you have prolonged discomfort, you should consult with your doctor.

When should I take Dulcogas®?

Take Dulcogas® when you begin to feel the pressure, discomfort, and bloating commonly referred to as gas.

How many Dulcogas® Sachets can I take?

Use one or two sachets as needed after meals and at bedtime. Do not exceed 6 sachets in 24 hours (adult dose) unless under the advice and supervision of a doctor. Dulcogas® Sachets are not intended for children below 6 years.

Can I take Dulcogas® if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

Dulcogas® can be taken during pregnancy or breastfeeding since it passes through the stomach unchanged and is not absorbed by the body. However if you are pregnant or breastfeeding it is advisable to ask your doctor before using Dulcogas®.

What are the available flavours and pack sizes of Dulcogas®?

Peppermint flavour – 18 sachets
For additional questions regarding usage, side effects, or storage instructions, please refer to the Dulcogas® carton label, information leaflet in the carton or contact your healthcare professional.