Dulcolax Pico liquid 5mg/5ml is a liquid solution used to provide rapid relief from symptoms of constipation. It is fruit flavoured and liquid, making it a useful option for those who experience difficulty swallowing other medicines. Dulcolax solution is also sometimes used to empty the bowel before certain radiological procedures.
Dulcolax Pico Liquid 5mg/5ml is a rapidly acting liquid solution for alleviating constipation.
Every 5ml of Dulcolax solution contains 5mg of sodium picosulfate. Sodium picosulfate is a stimulant laxative. This means it stimulates the bowel to empty itself, alleviating constipation and helping the bowel return to regular function.
The way sodium picosulfate does this is by stimulating nerves that line the walls of the colon and rectum. This stimulation encourages the intestinal wall muscles to contract more intensely and regularly, which is how the contents of the intestine are moved through the colon to the rectum. Thus, the bowels can be emptied as normal.
Sodium picosulfate can provide relief from constipation overnight in a predictable manner.
Sodium picosulfate does not start working until it reaches the right area of the gut, as it is dormant until activated by naturally occurring bacteria that live in the colon.
The effects of Dulcolax Pico Liquid should occur within six to twelve hours of taking a dose. Dulcolax should be used at night time so that the effects occur in the following morning.
Dulcolax Pico Liquid is a fruit flavoured liquid solution for providing relief from constipation overnight. Dulcolax also helps the bowel return to normal regulated function by providing stimulation to both the colon and rectum.
Dulcolax is sugar-free, fruit flavoured, and provides relief from constipation overnight.
If you suffer from persistent abdominal pain, or need the use of laxatives every day, consult with a doctor.
Keep this product away from children.
Do not use this medicine if you are experiencing abdominal pain combined with sickness and vomiting. This indicates a more serious condition and you should consult with a doctor.
Do not use this medicine for more than five days in a row without first consulting with a doctor.
Use of laxatives over a prolonged period of time can have adverse effects, such as electrolyte imbalance, hypokalaemia (low levels of potassium in the blood) or chronic diarrhoea. These effects are more likely if you are also using diuretics or steroids. Additionally, using laxatives often can cause the gut to rely on them, making constipation more frequent.
Dulcolax Pico Liquid contains alcohol and so care should be taken by people who are pregnant or breastfeeding, or suffering from liver disease, epilepsy or alcoholism.
Sometimes constipation can be very painful. This pain can be reduced through use of a painkiller such as ibuprofen, aspirin, or paracetamol. Do not use painkillers that contain codeine as they can cause the side effect of constipation.
This medicine should be used for:
Blockage in the gut (ileus or intestinal obstruction)
Acute attacks of Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis or other inflammatory bowel diseases
Appendicitis or other abdominal conditions that require surgery
Abdominal pain combined with sickness and vomiting. This indicates a more serious condition and you should consult with a doctor.
This medicine should not be used by children under 10 years old, unless instructed otherwise by a doctor.
Do not use this medicine if you suffer allergic reactions in response to any of its ingredients. If you have previously suffered an allergic reaction, inform a doctor or pharmacist. If this medicine induces an allergic reaction, stop using it and consult with a doctor or pharmacist immediately.
It is important that bowel movements proceed in a normal and regular manner. However, ‘normal and regular’ can mean different things for different people. While some people have a bowel movement daily, this is not the case for everyone. However often you have bowel movements, it is important that a regular pattern is followed. Constipation occurs when certain muscle action in the bowel is slowed down, meaning intestinal contents are not expelled from the body easily. Often, the cause of constipation is unknown. Some associated causes are sudden dietary changes, loss of bowl muscle tone in older people, pregnancy, certain medicines (such as codeine or morphine), lack of exercise. Constipation can be incredibly uncomfortable. It can cause symptoms such as a feeling of heaviness or bloating, or headaches. The following tips are recommended to avoid constipation from occurring:
Drink enough water and avoid dehydration
Eat a balanced diet, including enough fresh fruit and vegetables
Stay fit and maintain regular exercise
Empty your bowels when the body tells you that it is time to do so.