What is Bisacodyl?
Bisacodyl (INN) is an organic compound that is used as a contact (stimulant) laxative drug. It works directly on the colon to produce a bowel movement. It is typically prescribed for relief of constipation and for the management of neurogenic bowel dysfunction as well as part of bowel preparation before medical examinations, such as for a colonoscopy.
Bisacodyl is a derivative of diphenylmethane. It was first used as a laxative in 1953 because of its structural similarity to phenolphthalein.