Laxido Orange sachets are designed to treat constipation. They work by making your faeces softer and easier to pass, easing constipation. The active ingredient, macrogol 3350, also works to restore the body’s natural electrolytes using sodium, potassium and water while you are being treated for constipation.
How does Laxido work?
Laxido works by providing relief for constipation 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 allowing water to be absorbed into stools in the bowel, instead of the body.
This helps stools become easier to pass, as well as improving the movements of the digestive
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 if you suffer from any of the following conditions.
● 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.
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
● 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
● 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
maybe 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
● swelling of your abdomen
● stomach rumbling
Always take this medicine exactly as described in this leaflet or as your doctor, pharmacist or nurse have told you. Check with your doctor, pharmacist or nurse if you are not sure. Laxido Orange should be taken orally.
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
- if you have a perforation in the wall of your intestine
- if you have a blockage in your intestine
- if you have paralysis of the intestine (for example, your intestines may stop working due to intestinal surgery or severe infection)
- if you have ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease or toxic megacolon
If any of these applies 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, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice 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)).