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BOOTS SYRUP OF FIGS LAXATIVE

Active substance: SENNA EXTRACT

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SYRUP OF FIGS Laxative
Fig Fruit Extract, Senna Fruit Extract
 Relieves occasional constipation

100 ml e

Before you take this medicine: Read and keep attached leaflet. Peel & lift
Uses: A laxative for short term relief of occasional constipation. Laxatives do not affect the
number of calories absorbed from food. This means they do not help with weight loss.

X Do not take:





If you are allergic to any of the ingredients
If you have bowel or stomach problems
If you have heart or kidney problems
If you are pregnant or breast feeding

 How to take this medicine
Check the cap seal is not broken before first use. If it is, do not take the medicine.
Take this medicine at bedtime only.
Age

How much

Adults, the elderly and
children of 12 years and over

Two 5 ml spoonfuls

5 to 11 years

One 5 ml spoonful

1 to 4 years

Half a 5 ml spoonful

Reduce the amount you take once your bowels become
regular
This medicine should be swallowed.
Talk to your doctor if symptoms do not go away.
Keep all medicines out of the sight and reach of children.
Active ingredients: Each 5 ml of oral solution contains 0.4 ml of liquid extract from
Alexandrian Senna fruit (Cassia senna L. (C. acutifolia Delile) fruit) Extraction Solvent: 55%
ethanol and 0.5 ml of liquid extract from Fig fruit (Ficus carica L.) Extraction solvent: water.
Also contains: sucrose, dextrose (glucose). See attached leaflet for further information.
Do not use after the expiry date.
PL 00014/5150
The Boots Company PLC Nottingham NG2 3AA
If you need more advice ask your pharmacist.
[LEAFLET]

Read all of this leaflet carefully because it contains important information for you.
 Keep this leaflet, you may need to read it again
 Ask your pharmacist if you need more information or advice
 If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any
possible side effects not listed in this leaflet
 You must talk to a doctor if you do not feel better or if you feel worse

What this medicine is for
This medicine contains laxatives for short term relief of occasional constipation. This
medicine does not help with weight loss.

Before you take this medicine
This medicine can be taken by adults and children aged 1 year and over.
However, some people should not take this medicine or should seek the advice of their
pharmacist or doctor first.

X Do not take:

 If you are allergic to any of the ingredients (see “What is in this medicine”)
 If you have blockage or narrowing of the gastro-intestinal tract or bowel (ileus, intestinal
obstruction or stenosis)
 If you have paralysis or lack of muscle tone in the bowel (atony)
 If you have appendicitis, inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn’s disease or
ulcerative colitis
 If you have persistent or undiagnosed stomach complaints such as stomach pain,
nausea and vomiting as well as constipation
 If you have kidney or heart problems
 If you are severely dehydrated
 If you have faecal impaction or rectal bleeding for which you don’t know the cause or blood
in your stools
 If you have already taken a laxative and are still constipated
 If you have had a sudden change in bowel habit that has lasted for more than 2 weeks
 If you have an intolerance to some sugars, unless your doctor tells you to (this medicine
contains dextrose (glucose) and sucrose)

! Talk to your pharmacist or doctor if you need to use a laxative every day
! Pregnancy and breastfeeding: This medicine is not recommended if you are pregnant or
breastfeeding. Talk to your doctor for advice.

Other important information
Try to use changes in diet and bulk forming medicines to control your constipation before
using this medicine. Then only use this medicine for a few days.
If you use incontinence pads change the pads more often when taking this medicine.
Information about some of the ingredients: This medicine contains 2.66 g of total sugars
(dextrose (glucose) and sucrose) per 5 ml spoonful. This should be taken into account if you
have diabetes.

If you take other medicines
Before you or your child take this medicine make sure you tell your pharmacist or doctor
about ANY other medicines that you or your child are using at the same time, particularly the
following:

 Medicines for heart problems or heart rhythm problems (e.g. cardiac glycosides,
antiarrhythmic medicines such as quinidine)
 Medicines which may cause changes to your heart beat (e.g. medicines inducing QT
prolongation)
 Water tablets (diuretics)
 Corticosteroids (used for many conditions such as pain, swelling, allergy, asthma,
rheumatism and skin problems)
 Liquorice root preparations
If you are unsure about interactions with any other medicines talk to your pharmacist or
doctor. This includes medicines prescribed by your doctor and medicine you have bought for
yourself including herbal and homeopathic remedies.

 How to take this medicine
Check the cap seal is not broken before first use. If it is, do not take the medicine.
Age
How much
How often
Adults, including the elderly
and children of 12 years and
over
5 to 11 years

Two 5 ml spoonfuls

At bedtime only

One 5 ml spoonful

At bedtime only

1 to 4 years

Half a 5 ml spoonful

At bedtime only

Reduce the amount you take once your bowels become regular
This medicine should be swallowed.
Do not give to children under 1 year.
Do not take more than the amount recommended.
If there is no bowel movement after 3 days of taking this medicine, or if stomach pain
persists, talk to your doctor.
Do not take this medicine for more than 7 days unless your doctor tells you to.
If symptoms do not go away talk to your doctor.
! If you take too much: It may be harmful to
 Take too much of this medicine or
 Take this medicine for too long
This is because taking too much for too long may lead to:
A 'lazy bowel', where the muscle in the bowel becomes too relaxed. This means that bowel
emptying happens less often. This can lead to long-term constipation.
Imbalance of fluid and salts in the body. This can affect the tightness of muscles such as
those in the bowel. It can also affect the salts in the blood.
Low levels of potassium in the blood (called 'hypo-kalaemia'). This can make you tired,
dizzy, make your muscles weak and cause an uneven heart-beat. Dehydration, making you
thirsty, feel faint and giving you headaches. It can also mean you cannot pass enough urine.
Talk to a doctor straight away.
! If you forget to take this medicine or forget to give it to a child: take or give it when it is
next due. Do not take or give double the amount to make up for the missed dose.

Possible side effects
Most people will not have problems, but some may get some.
If you get any of these serious side effects, stop taking the tablets. See a doctor at
once:
 Difficulty in breathing, swelling of the face, neck, tongue or throat (severe allergic reactions)
 Severe raised, red, itchy skin that may affect part or all of the body
If you get any of the following side effects see your pharmacist or doctor:
 Stomach pain, cramps, diarrhoea (if you get these effects you should reduce the amount of
tablets you are taking). These effects may occur particularly in patients with an irritable
bowel
 Urine may appear yellow or red-brown during treatment
 Chronic use may lead to:
- Protein in the urine or blood in the urine (known as albuminuria and haematuria)
- Colouration of the lining of the gut which usually goes away when the medicine is no
longer taken
The frequency of these effects occurring are not known.

Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any
possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the
Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting side effects you can
help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.

How to store this medicine
Keep this medicine in a safe place out of the sight and reach of children, preferably in a
locked cupboard.
Use by the expiry date on the label edge.

What is in this medicine
Each 5 ml of oral solution contains 0.4 ml of liquid extract from Alexandrian Senna fruit
(Cassia senna L. (C. acutifolia Delile) fruit) Extraction Solvent: 55% ethanol and 0.5 ml of
liquid extract from Fig fruit (Ficus carica L.) Extraction solvent: water.
As well as the active ingredients, the solution also contains sucrose, malt extract (containing
dextrose (glucose)), benzoic acid (E210), chloroform, clove leaf oil, peppermint oil, coriander
oil, methyl salicylate.
The pack contains 100 ml of dark brown oral solution.

Who makes this medicine
Manufactured by the Marketing Authorisation holder The Boots Company PLC Nottingham
NG2 3AA
Leaflet prepared June 2015
If you would like any further information about this medicine please contact The Boots
Company PLC Nottingham NG2 3AA
PL 00014/5150

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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