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Information specific to: Laxido.

About Laxido and how it works

This medicine is a laxative and is used to treat constipation that has been present for a long time as well as faecal impaction. The main ingredient macrogol, works by absorbing water into the stool and increases the volume and water content of stools. This helps relieve constipation as the stools pass through the bowel more easily.

This medicine is available as a powder in a sachet that is dissolved in water before taking by mouth.

You should only take this medicine on advice from a doctor.

Both sugar-free and sugar-containing preparations of this medicine may be available.

If you are taking this medicine to treat constipation, do not take it for more than two weeks. If you are treating faecal impaction, do not take it for more than three days.

Consult your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after two weeks or if they get worse during treatment with this medicine.

Before using Laxido

This medicine may not be suitable for everyone and some people must never have it. Check the leaflet that comes with your medicine to make sure that the medicine is suitable before having it.

Always get advice from a healthcare professional before taking this medicine if:

  • you are allergic or sensitive to or have had a reaction to any of the ingredients in the medicine
  • this medicine is for a child under 12 years of age
  • you have inflammatory bowel problems such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease
  • you have toxic megacolon
  • you have ileus
  • you have an obstruction of the stomach or small bowel
  • you have a perforated gut
  • you have heart and circulation problems
  • you have glucose-galactose malabsorption
  • you need to take laxatives daily

Medicines interactions

If you are taking more than one medicine they may interact with each other. This medicine is unlikely to have any important interactions. But speak to your pharmacist or doctor if you get any unusual symptoms while having this medicine with other medicines.

Possible side effects of Laxido

Most medicines can cause some side-effects but not everyone taking the same medicine will get the same side-effects.

The following side-effects have been associated with people taking this medicine:

  • hypersensitivity reactions and bronchospasm - these have been reported to occur with the preparation that contains sugar
  • allergic reactions
  • electrolyte and fluid imbalances - stop taking this medicine and seek immediate medical advice if you develop oedema, shortness of breath, feel unusually tired or are dehydrated
  • gastro-intestinal effects such as stomach pain and distension
  • nausea
  • diarrhoea - if you get diarrhoea, take a lower dose
  • rumbling and gurgling of the stomach

Pregnancy and breast-feeding

If you are trying to become pregnant, are pregnant, or are breast-feeding, you should seek medical advice before taking this medicine.

Other important information

Make sure that you read the leaflet that comes with your medicine to check what dose you should take and if there is anything that you need to do if you take more than the recommended dose. If you are in any doubt about whether this medicine is suitable for you, speak to your doctor or pharmacist.

If you are taking other medicines, do not take them an hour before or an hour after taking this medicine.

You must take the prepared solution within six hours of making it. Store the prepared solution in a refrigerator.

A sugar-free preparation of this medicine may be available.

Keep all medicines out of the sight and reach of children.

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