Dulcolax pico liquid contains the active ingredient sodium picosulfate, which is a type of medicine known as a stimulant laxative. (NB. Sodium picosulfate liquid is also available without a brand name, ie as the generic medicine.)
Sodium picosulfate works by stimulating the nerve endings in the walls of the large intestine (colon) and rectum. This causes the muscles in the intestinal wall to contract more often and with increased force. When these muscles contract (a process known as peristalsis), this moves the contents of the intestine through the colon to the rectum so that the bowel can be emptied. This relieves constipation.
The sodium picosulfate is activated by the natural bacteria that are found in the colon, so it does not start working until it reaches this part of the gut.
Dulcolax pico liquid starts to work six to twelve hours after taking a dose. It should be taken at night to produce relief from constipation the following morning.
This medicine should not be used if you are allergic to one or any of its ingredients. Please inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have previously experienced such an allergy. If you feel you have experienced an allergic reaction, stop using this medicine and inform your doctor or pharmacist immediately.
Certain medicines should not be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding. However, other medicines may be safely used in pregnancy or breastfeeding providing the benefits to the mother outweigh the risks to the unborn baby. Always inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, before using any medicine.
Medicines and their possible side effects can affect individual people in different ways. The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with this medicine. Just because a side effect is stated here does not mean that all people using this medicine will experience that or any side effect.
The side effects listed above may not include all of the side effects reported by the medicine's manufacturer. For more information about any other possible risks associated with this medicine, please read the information provided with the medicine or consult your doctor or pharmacist.
It is important to tell your doctor or pharmacist what medicines you are already taking, including those bought without a prescription and herbal medicines, before you take this medicine. Similarly, check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking any new medicines while taking this one, to ensure that the combination is safe.
Broad spectrum antibiotics, such as amoxicillin, doxycycline or erythromycin, may reduce the laxative action of this medicine. This is because they may reduce the numbers of the natural bacteria in the gut that are needed to activate the medicine.
Prolonged, excessive use of laxatives can lead to low potassium levels in the blood (hypokalaemia) and an imbalance in the amount of fluid and salts (electrolytes) in your body. This effect may be enhanced if you are also taking diuretic medicines, eg furosemide or bendroflumethiazide, or steroid medicines, eg prednisolone.
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Sodium picosulfate elixir (liquid) is also available without a brand name, ie as the generic medicine.