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Generic Name: Alophen Tablets (bis AK oh dil)Brand Name: Correctol, Dulcolax
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Jul 19, 2019.
Dulcolax Laxative Interactions
Avoid using other medications within 2 hours before or 2 hours after using Alophen.
Avoid drinking milk or taking an antacid within 1 hour before you take Alophen by mouth.
Other drugs may interact with Alophen, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use now and any medicine you start or stop using.
Alophen in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
Tell your pharmacist or doctor if you are trying to get pregnant, already pregnant, or breastfeeding.
FDA Pregnancy Risk Category B: NO EV >6) .
Alophen tablets or suppositories are not generally recommended if you are pregnant, especially in the first 3 months and while you are breastfeeding. Talk to your doctor about the benefits and risks of taking Alophen.
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, it’s always better to try to treat constipation without taking a medicine. Your doctor or midwife will first advise you to eat more fiber and drink plenty of fluids. It may also help to do gentle exercise.
If diet and lifestyle changes do not work, your doctor or midwife may recommend another laxative, such as lactulose or Fybogel. These are safer laxatives to take during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.
Alophen causes acute nonspecific inflammatory injury to the rectal mucosa, which can confound the assessment of patients with suspected inflammatory bowel disease.
The surreptitious abuse of laxatives is a common cause of severe chronic diarrhea. In some cases, the stool contains fecal leukocytes, which, in this case, is indicative of the irritant effect of Alophen (nonspecific colonic mucosal inflammation), and not necessarily of infection. Surreptitious abuse of laxatives due to Alophen can be determined by urinalysis for a metabolite, Alophen diphenol. In some cases, stool analysis for Alophen could be considered in the diagnostic assessment.
Abdominal cramping has been described as a mild, colicky discomfort. This can be a problem since cramping my indicate not only a side effect of Alophen, but underlying gastrointestinal pathology.
Abdominal distension and vomiting are less common gastrointestinal side effects.
Gastrointestinal side effects have been reported the most frequently. These have included abdominal cramping, diarrhea, abdominal distention, and vomiting. Severe diarrhea has been reported as a possible result of surreptitious laxative abuse. The sensation of rectal “burning” with administration of Alophen enema has been reported.
- No adjustment recommended.
- Caution is recommended when using Alophen enemas containing monobasic or dibasic sodium phosphate in patients with impaired renal function or where colostomy exists as hypocalcemia, hyperphosphatemia, hypernatremia, and ac >Liver Dose Adjustments
No adjustment recommended
What should I do if I forget a dose?
This medication usually is taken as needed. If your doctor has told you to take Alophen regularly, take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.