Laxido Orange Sachets
- For constipation
- Softens faeces, making it easier to pass
- Sachets for Oral use
Laxido Orange Sachets
Laxido is a treatment for constipation, which contains Macrogol 3350. Macrogol 3350 is a laxative, often used to help relieve long term constipation. It is also used to treat a build-up of hard faeces in your bowel that can happen if you have constipation for a long time (known as faecal impaction).
Macrogol 3350 makes your faeces softer and easier to pass, giving you relief from constipation. The electrolytes help to maintain the body’s normal levels of water and electrolytes during treatment.
Constipation is caused by a number of different conditions such as:
- A lack of exercise or poor fitness
- Being over or underweight
- Lifestyle changes such as different food or drink
- Lack of fibre in food & drink
Constipation can happen to anybody regardless of age or health, it normally only occurs for short periods of time but on occasions can be a long term symptom which can be difficult to manage.
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How does Laxido work?
Laxido works to relieve constipation by using its active ingredient Macrogol 3350. Macrogol 3350 is a laxative drug used on a short term basis and it works with electrolytes in order to treat constipation. It works by helping the absorption of water into the stools in the bowel. This helps stools become easier to pass, as well as improving the movements of the digestive system.
Who is Laxido suitable for?
Laxido is suitable for patients aged 12 years and over. Laxido Orange sachets should not be used if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in the sachets.
Laxido should also not be taken by people with a number of conditions including:
- A blocked intestine
- If you have Crohn’s disease, toxic megacolon or ulcerative colitis
- Perforation in the wall of the intestine
How long does Laxido take to work?
A course of treatment for constipation normally lasts no longer than 2 weeks. The usual dose for
faecal impaction is eight sachets a day. All eight sachets must be taken during a six-hour period. The course of treatment for faecal impaction should not normally last any more than 3 days.
What time of day should I take Laxido?
You should check with your doctor or pharmacist who can advise on the best time for the medication to be used. As a general rule one sachet should be taken one to three times daily.
Can I take Laxido if I am pregnant/breastfeeding?
Yes, Laxido can be taken if you are pregnant/breastfeeding however we always recommend that you seek advice from a healthcare professional prior to using any medication if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby.
Can I order Laxido online?
Laxido can be ordered online from Simple Online Pharmacy. Please note, before ordering you will need to complete a short assessment for our GP or pharmacist to review. We use Royal Mail as a courier for our deliveries. For further support or questions, contact our customer service team.
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Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
If you experience any of the following side effects, stop taking Laxido Orange and see your doctor immediately:
- Signs of a serious allergic reaction, such as difficulty in breathing, or swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat
- Signs of an allergy, such as a rash, reddening of the skin, nettle rash, itching or shortness of breath
- Signs of a change in your body’s fluid or electrolyte levels, such as swelling (mainly in the ankles), feeling fatigued, dehydration or increased thirst with a headache. These symptoms may be a sign that the potassium levels in your blood are higher or lower than normal.
The following side effects are also possible:
- Abdominal pain
- Feeling bloated
- Suffering from wind
- Soreness of the anus (bottom)
- Mild diarrhoea
- Nausea Vomiting
- Swelling of your abdomen
- Stomach rumbling
Before taking any medication, it is important to read the Patient Information Leaflet. You can find information leaflets for your medicines by typing them into the search bar at medicines.org, or by contacting us.
Always take this medicine exactly as described in the patient information leaflet or as your doctor, pharmacist or nurse has told you. Check with your doctor, pharmacist or nurse if you are not sure. Laxido Orange should be taken orally. During treatment with Laxido, you should drink plenty of fluids.
Laxido Orange is a laxative for the treatment of constipation and faecal impaction in adults, children (aged 12 years and above) and the elderly.
The usual dose for constipation is one sachet taken one to three times daily.
The usual dose for faecal impaction is eight sachets daily. All eight sachets must be taken within a six-hour period. If you have a heart condition, do not take more than two sachets (in 250ml of water) in any one hour.
How to mix
Laxido Orange should be made up by dissolving the contents of one sachet in a glass of water (125ml or a quarter pint). Stir well until all the powder has dissolved. If you are being treated for faecal impaction, you can dissolve the contents of all eight sachets together in a large container (in one litre of water).
Duration of treatment
The course of treatment for constipation does not normally last longer than 2 weeks. Your treatment may last for longer than two weeks if you have ongoing constipation or a disease that causes constipation (such as Parkinson’s disease or multiple sclerosis), or if you are taking other regular medicines that can cause constipation. In these cases, your doctor may reduce your dose to one sachet taken one or two times daily.
The course of treatment for faecal impaction does not normally last longer than 3 days.
Do not take Laxido Orange if:
- You are allergic (hypersensitive) to macrogol 3350, sodium chloride, sodium hydrogen carbonate, potassium chloride, or any of the other ingredients of this medicine
- You have a perforation in the wall of your intestine
- You have a blockage in your intestine
- You have paralysis of the intestine (for example, your intestines may stop working due to intestinal surgery or severe infection)
- You have ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease or toxic megacolon
If any of these apply to you, please talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse for further advice.
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse before taking Laxido Orange to treat faecal impaction, as prior to taking this medicine it should be confirmed that you have this condition. When taking Laxido Orange you should continue to take plenty of fluids. The fluid content of Laxido Orange should not replace your regular liquid intake.
Other medicines and Laxido Orange
Some medicines, e.g. anti-epileptics, may not work as effectively if they are taken at the same time as Laxido Orange. Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines. You should not take any other medicines by mouth for one hour before and for one hour after taking Laxido Orange.
Laxido Orange with food and drink
Food and drink have no influence on the effect of Laxido Orange.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Laxido Orange can be taken during pregnancy and whilst breastfeeding. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, seek advice from a doctor or pharmacist before taking this medicine.
Driving and using machines
Laxido Orange has no effect on the ability to drive or use machines.
Laxido Orange contains potassium and sodium
Laxido Orange contains 0.68mmol (26mg) of potassium per sachet. This should be taken into consideration if you take more than one sachet daily and you have reduced kidney function, or if you are on a controlled potassium diet.
This medicine contains 187mg sodium (the main component of cooking/table salt) in each sachet. This is equivalent to approximately 9% of the recommended maximum daily dietary intake of sodium for an adult. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you need three or more sachets daily for a prolonged period, especially if you have been advised to follow a low salt (sodium) diet.
The active substances are macrogol 3350 (13.125g), sodium chloride (350.7mg), sodium hydrogen carbonate (178.5mg) and potassium chloride (46.6mg). The other ingredients are acesulfame potassium (E950) and orange flavour (containing maltodextrin and propylene glycol (E1520)).
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