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Bisacodyl in oregnancy

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Lemondrop09 Tue 09-May-17 23:55:55

I've been terribly constipated for months, basically ever since getting pregnant. Numerous factors contribute - pregnancy hormones, HG (medication, poor diet, dehydration, lying in bed a lot).

HG has eased enough that I am able to drink enough water and upped fibre in diet (fruit and fibre for breakfast plus those manky Fibregel drinks). I'm trying to walk more. Have chugged Laculose out of the bottle! Pruned and fruit juice galore. Softeners do not help, my issue is that my bowel is not pushing and I seem to need a stimulant laxative.

GP prescribed me bisacodyl (basically Ducolax) but I'm too scared to take it. I've heard stimulant laxatives should be avoided in pregnancy as they could cause uterine constructions - although when I've researched this it's mostly linked to senna and castor oil. I can't find anything definitively inking this to bisacodyl, but I'm still nervous as there's little evidence ir research on this.

Anyone been prescribed this or know anything about it?

Lemondrop09 Tue 09-May-17 23:57:13

Just to add, the pharmacist point blank refused to sell me anything aside from lactulose, which is adding to my apprehension.

BlossomCat Wed 10-May-17 00:00:42

bisacodyl in the BNF
Look at this, click on the pregnancy links, it says it's OK if a stimulant is needed, you've obviously tried other methods, so that's probably why your GP prescribed it.
Hope you feel better soon

Hollyhop17 Wed 10-May-17 04:26:58

Hey Lemon, that was one of the things I waa prescribed in hospital and am still taking it now. It has made a difference and the consultant told me it was perfectly safe to take. It was an obs consultant too.

user1483387154 Wed 10-May-17 06:13:20

please do take what you are advised. I had 4 hours of emergency medical treatment on Sunday due to severe constipation and ended up on 2 drips plus having caused some damage to my colon. That was far more stressful for both me and the baby than taking some simple medication would have been (although not offered in my case)

Lemondrop09 Wed 10-May-17 13:18:23

Thanks all. That's reassuring to hear Holly.

I'm sitting here bloated and miserable and wishing I'd taken the damn pill last night. Think I'll take it tonight

Hollyhop17 Wed 10-May-17 13:30:04

Be glad yours is a pill, mine is a suppository...

Lemondrop09 Wed 10-May-17 14:51:14

I actually half wish I had a suppository because at least it would all be over in an hour. The pill takes 12 hours so I've got to wait until tomorrow. Sigh

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