I am a breastfeeding mother and i want to know if it is safe to use Bisacodyl? Is Bisacodyl safe for nursing mother and child? Does Bisacodyl extracts into breast milk? Does Bisacodyl has any long term or short term side effects on infants? Can Bisacodyl influence milk supply or can Bisacodyl decrease milk supply in lactating mothers?

Bisacodyl lactation summary

Bisacodyl is safe in breastfeeding
  • DrLact safety Score for Bisacodyl is 1 out of 8 which is considered Safe as per our analyses.
  • A safety Score of 1 indicates that usage of Bisacodyl is mostly safe during lactation for breastfed baby.
  • Our study of different scientific research also indicates that Bisacodyl does not cause any serious side effects in breastfeeding mothers.
  • Most of scientific studies and research papers declaring usage of Bisacodyl safe in breastfeeding are based on normal dosage and may not hold true for higher dosage.
  • Score calculated using the DrLact safety Version 1.2 model, this score ranges from 0 to 8 and measures overall safety of drug in lactation. Scores are primarily calculated using publicly available case studies, research papers, other scientific journals and publically available data.

Answer by Dr. Ru: About Bisacodyl usage in lactation

A laxative which acts as stimulant in the intestine. A low oral bioavailability due to minimal intestinal absorption that renders the plasma levels being very low would explain the non passage to breast milk observed (undetectable levels: Friedrich 2011). On prevention or treating constipation, it is essential a balanced and rich-in-fiber diet along with a lot of fluids and physical exercise.

Answer by DrLact: About Bisacodyl usage in lactation

Bisacodyl is not absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract, and its active metabolite, which is absorbed, is not detectable in breastmilk. Bisacodyl can be taken during breastfeeding and no special precautions are required.
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