This medication is a stimulant laxative, prescribed for constipation. It increases intestinal activities to cause bowel movements.
Contraindicated in patients with acute surgical abdomen or intestinal obstruction, severe dehydration, fecal impaction, chronic use and hypersensitivity.
Adult: PO- Constipation- 5-10 mg/day at night.
Bowel evacuation- 10-20 mg the night before procedure, then 10 mg rectally the next morning.
Rectal Constipation- As supp/enema: 10 mg/day in the morning.
It comes as a tablet to take by mouth, on an empty stomach. It also comes as a suppository to insert into the rectum.
• Caution should be exercised in patients with history of heart failure, abnormal levels of fluids or electrolytes in the body, nausea, vomiting or undiagnosed stomach pain, any allergy, who are taking other medications, elderly, children, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
• Avoid continuous use of this drug.
• Patients may develop with nausea, vomiting or stomach pain; if it so stop the medication.
• Swallow the tablet as whole.
• Gastrointestinal :
Mild cramps, nausea, diarrhea, abdominal discomfort, stomach and intestinal irritation, faintness, irritation or burning in the rectum (from suppositories and enemas).
Avoid taking additional stool softeners.
Store it at room temperature (25°C) and away from heat and moisture.
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