What is Dulcolax Pico Liquid?
Dulcolax Pico Liquid is a liquid laxative that contains sodium picosulfate. It’s ideal for adults and children over 12, being taken at night to help encourage a bowel movement the next morning. If you’re looking for a way to ease your constipation and don’t want to take tablets or suppositories, a liquid laxative like Dulcolax Pico Liquid could be the ideal solution for you.
What is constipation?
Constipation is a common problem, and it means that you can’t poo as regularly as usual. When you have constipation you won’t have a solid bowel movement at least 3 times a week and may find that when you do poo it’s harder, larger, or lumpier than usual. Constipation is usually nothing to worry about but it can make you very uncomfortable, causing bloating and stomach pain or cramps until your bowel movements get back to normal.
How will Dulcolax Pico Liquid treat my constipation?
Dulcolax Pico Liquid contains an active ingredient called sodium picosulfate, which is a stimulant laxative. That means this product works by stimulating the muscles in your bowel, helping to move poo through your system so you can pass it. It usually works in around 6 - 12 hours, so taking this laxative before you go to bed can help you to go to the toilet in the morning.
Can I take this laxative during pregnancy?
If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Dulcolax Pico laxative. This product contains 480mg of alcohol in every 10ml dose, which should be taken into consideration during pregnancy and may mean that this laxative isn’t the best choice for you. Constipation is particularly common during pregnancy and your doctor or pharmacist will be able to recommend lifestyle changes and other remedies that may be better for you and your baby.
Can I take this product if I’m taking other medication?
If you’re taking any other medication, including herbal remedies and medicines you obtained without a prescription, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking this product. Thes especially applies if you are already taking:
- Water tablets, also known as diuretics, such as bendrofluazide or furosemide
- Steroid medicines, such as prednisolone
How to take Dulcolax liquid laxative
Take one or two 5ml spoonfuls of Dulcolax Pico Liquid at night. If you haven’t taken this product before, try taking one 5ml spoonful at night to start with and increase to two spoonfuls if needed. Stop taking this product when your bowel movements have returned to normal. You should not take this product for more than 5 days at a time, if you need to use a laxative every day speak to your doctor or pharmacist.
When should this product not be used?
Dulcolax Pico Liquid is not suitable for use in children under the age of 12. Do not use this product if you are allergic to sodium picosulfate or any of the other listed ingredients. This product does not help with weight loss and should not be used as a weight-loss aid. Do not take this laxative if you have:
- Severe dehydration
- A blockage in your intestine (ileus)
- A serious abdominal condition, e.g. appendicitis
- Severe abdominal pain with nausea, vomiting, and fever
- A blocked bowel
- Inflammation of the bowel
Does Dulcolax Pico Liquid have any side effects?
Like all medications, Dulcolax Pico Liquid can have side effects, although not everyone will experience them. If you experience any of the following side effects, stop use and seek immediate medical assistance:
- Feeling faint
- Allergic reactions, e.g. rash, swelling of the skin, mouth, face, tongue, or throat, difficulty breathing or swallowing
- Skin reactions, e.g. rash, itching
Other side effects you may experience include:
- Abdominal discomfort, cramps, or pain
- Feeling sick
- Being sick
If you experience these or any other side effects, speak to your doctor or pharmacist right away. For more information about reporting the side effects of medication, please see the MHRA’s Yellow Card Scheme.
Why do I have to answer questions before I can buy this laxative?
You do not need a prescription for Dulcolax Pico Liquid, however, you will be asked to complete a short medical questionnaire by your Chemist4U pharmacist before we can take your order. This includes some simple questions that all pharmacies legally are required to ask before supplying this kind of product. This helps our pharmacy team to be sure that Dulcolax is the best choice for you.
How to store this product
Store in a cool, dry place and keep the bottle within the outer carton. Do not take this product if the expiry date printed on the original packaging has passed. Keep out of sight and reach of children.
This product is a medicine; make sure to speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before taking this product if you have an underlying medical problem or are taking any other medicine or complementary therapy. If your symptoms get worse or continue after taking this product, contact us or your doctor. For medical services in your area, please refer to https://www.nhs.uk
If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor or our pharmacist before taking this product. If you suffer from any allergies, ask your doctor or our pharmacist if this medicine is right for you.
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- Sodium Picosulfate
• Each 5 ml contains 5 mg of sodium picosulfate (present as sodium picosulfate monohydrate) as the active ingredient
• The other ingredients are: carmellose sodium, methyl parahydroxybenzoate (E218), propyl parahydroxybenzoate (E216), glycerol, tutti frutti flavour, saccharin sodium, ethanol, sodium hydroxide (for pH adjustment) and water
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