DULCOLAX PICO LIQUID 5 MG / 5 ML ORAL SOLUTION

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PACKAGE LEAFLET:
INFORMATION FOR THE USER 

Dulcolax®
Pico Liquid

437713/GB/1

ABCD

5mg / 5ml oral solution
sodium picosulfate
Read all of this leaflet carefully because it
contains important information for you.
This medicine is available without prescription.
You need to take DULCOLAX PICO Liquid as
instructed in this leaflet to get the best results
from it.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again
• Ask your pharmacist if you need more
information or advice
• You must contact your pharmacist or doctor if
your symptoms worsen or do not improve after
five days treatment
• If a side effect occurs and gets troublesome, or
seems serious to you, or if you experience any
side effect not listed in this leaflet, please tell
your pharmacist or doctor

Whatever the cause, constipation can be
uncomfortable. It may make you feel bloated and
heavy or generally “off colour”. Sometimes it
causes headaches.

In this leaflet:
1. What DULCOLAX PICO Liquid is and what it is
used for
2. Before you take DULCOLAX PICO Liquid
3. How to take DULCOLAX PICO Liquid
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store DULCOLAX PICO Liquid
6. Further information

Do not take DULCOLAX PICO Liquid if:
• You are allergic (hypersensitive) to sodium
picosulfate or any of the other ingredients in the
product (listed in Section 6: Further information)
• You have severe dehydration
• You have a bowel condition called “ileus”
(blockage in the intestine)
• You have a serious abdominal condition such as
appendicitis
• You have severe abdominal pain with nausea
and vomiting
• You have a blocked bowel (intestinal
obstruction)
• You have inflammation of the bowel (small and
large intestine)

1. WHAT DULCOLAX PICO LIQUID IS AND WHAT
IT IS USED FOR
• DULCOLAX PICO Liquid contains a medicine
called sodium picosulfate. This belongs to a
group of medicines called laxatives.
• DULCOLAX PICO Liquid is used for relief of
constipation.
• DULCOLAX PICO Liquid gently stimulates the
muscles of the bowel (large intestine). This
brings predictable, overnight relief from
constipation, helping to return the body to its
natural rhythm.
What is constipation?
Normal and regular bowel movement is important
for most people. However, what is “normal and
regular” varies from person to person. Some may
have a bowel movement every day, others less
often. Whatever it is like for you, it is best that
your bowel movement has a regular pattern.
• Constipation is an occasional problem for some
people. For others, it may happen more often
• It happens when the normal muscle actions in
the bowel (large intestine) slow down. This can
mean that material is not easily eliminated
from the body
The cause of constipation is often not known. It
can be associated with:
• Sudden change of diet
• A diet with not enough fibre
• Loss of ‘tone’ of the bowel muscles in older
people
• Pregnancy
• Medicines such as morphine or codeine
• Having to stay in bed for a long time
• Lack of exercise

Mandatory in

File information

TD
10.05.2013

Yes

P028740

No

Yes

PPM SKU version: 

001

No

02.07.2013

No

PAN Black

No

Yes

Mat. No. Pack. Site:

437713/GB/1

No

Yes

Min. font size:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Talk to your pharmacist or doctor before taking
DULCOLAX PICO Liquid if you are pregnant,
planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.

CONTROL CODE

PITCH CODE

8.6 pt

Legend case version:

In particular, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you
are taking:
• Water tablets (diuretics) such as bendrofluazide
or furosemide (frusemide)
• Steroid medicines such as prednisolone
• Antibiotics – used for infections
If you are not sure if any of the above applies to
you, talk to your pharmacist or doctor before
taking DULCOLAX PICO Liquid.

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Taking other medicines
Please tell your pharmacist or doctor if you are
taking or have recently taken any other
medicines, including medicines obtained without
a prescription. This includes herbal medicines.
This is because DULCOLAX PICO Liquid can affect
the way some other medicines work. Also, some
other medicines can affect the way DULCOLAX
PICO Liquid works.

Yes

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Do not take DULCOLAX PICO Liquid if any of the
above applies to you. If you are not sure, talk to
your pharmacist or doctor before taking this
medicine.

Yes

PPM SKU:

2. BEFORE YOU TAKE DULCOLAX PICO LIQUID

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These healthy tips are recommended to try to
prevent constipation happening:
• Eat a balanced diet including fresh fruit and
vegetables
• Drink enough water so that you do not become
dehydrated
• Keep up your exercise and stay fit
• Make time to empty your bowels when your
body tells you

V4.0 01/OCT/2012 (please do not change or remove it)

= 0,5 mm

= 2 mm

= 8 mm

= 1,5 mm

= 2 mm

= 10 mm
= 1,5 mm

= 79,3 mm

Technical information
a = Batch No.

b = Expiry date

c = Manufacturing date

d = Price/Sample/Clinic

= 72 mm

Technical colors
BI-Diecut-Legendcase

Free area

Additional Requirements of Packaging Site
Dimensions: mm 160 x 305

Gluepoints

= 1 mm

DULCOLAX PICO Liquid contains the
preservatives methyl parahydroxybenzoate,
propyl parahydroxybenzoate and the colouring
agent sunset yellow (E110). These ingredients
may cause allergic reactions, which may not
happen after the first dose. The signs may
include: a rash, swelling of your skin, mouth and
face which may cause swallowing or breathing
problems.
3. HOW TO TAKE DULCOLAX PICO LIQUID
If this medicine is from your doctor or
pharmacist, do exactly as they have told you.
Otherwise, follow the instructions below. If you
do not understand the instructions, or you are not
sure, ask your pharmacist or doctor.
As with all laxatives, DULCOLAX PICO Liquid
should not be taken every day for long periods. If
you need laxatives every day, or if you have
abdominal pain which does not go away, you
should see your doctor.
How much to take
Adults and children over 10 years
• One to two 5 ml spoonfuls at night
• When your bowel regularity has returned to
normal, the dose can usually be stopped
Children aged between 4 and 10 years
DULCOLAX PICO Liquid should only be given to
children under 10 if recommended by a doctor.
The usual dose for a child is:
• Half to one 5 ml spoonful at night
Children under 4 years
The dose will depend on the weight of your child:
0.25 ml for each kilogram of the child’s body
weight.
If you take more DULCOLAX PICO Liquid than
you should
If you take more of this medicine than you
should, talk to a doctor or go to a hospital straight
away. Take the medicine pack with you; this is so
the doctor knows what you have taken.
If you have any questions on the use of this
product, ask your pharmacist or doctor.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, DULCOLAX PICO Liquid can
cause side effects, although not everybody gets
them. The following side effects may happen with
this medicine:
Isolated events (some side effects are so rare that
it is not known how many people may be
affected)
• Syncope (feeling faint)
• Allergic reaction
If you have a severe allergic reaction, stop taking
this medicine and see a doctor straight away. The
signs may include: a rash, swelling of your skin,
mouth and face which may cause swallowing or
breathing problems.

Very common side effects (affects 1 in 10 people
or more)
• Diarrhoea
Common side effects (affects less than 1 in 10
people)
• Abdominal discomfort, cramps or pain
Uncommon side effects (affects less than 1 in
100 people)
• Nausea
• Vomiting
• Dizziness
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.
5. HOW TO STORE DULCOLAX PICO LIQUID
• Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach
of children
• Do not take DULCOLAX PICO Liquid after the
expiry date which is stated on the carton and
bottle label after EXP. The expiry date refers to
the last day of that month
• Keep the bottle within the outer carton
• Medicines should not be disposed of via
wastewater or household waste. Ask your
pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no
longer required. These measures will help to
protect the environment
6. FURTHER INFORMATION
What DULCOLAX PICO Liquid contains
• 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, aroma
tutti frutti (flavouring), saccharin sodium,
colouring sunset yellow (E110), ethanol,
sodium hydroxide (for pH adjustment) and
water
What DULCOLAX PICO Liquid looks like and
contents of the pack
DULCOLAX PICO Liquid is a clear, yellowishorange, slightly viscous fruit flavoured solution. It
is available in packs of 30 ml, 100 ml and 300 ml.
The larger pack sizes are available in pharmacies.
The Marketing Authorisation is held by:
Boehringer Ingelheim Limited,
Ellesfield Avenue, Bracknell, Berkshire,
RG12 8YS, United Kingdom.
DULCOLAX PICO Liquid is manufactured at:
Istituto De Angeli. S.r.l.
Località Prulli di Sotto n. 103/C
50066 Regello (FI)
Italy
This leaflet was revised in June 2013

®

Registered trade mark

© Copyright Boehringer Ingelheim Limited 2013

20110318

Important information about some of the
ingredients in DULCOLAX PICO Liquid
DULCOLAX PICO Liquid contains 5.9% ethanol
(alcohol), which is up to 480 mg per dose. This is
equivalent to 12 ml beer or 5 ml wine per dose.
This may be harmful for people with a drink
problem (alcoholism). This should also be taken
into account in pregnant or breast-feeding
women, children and high risk groups such as
those with liver disease or epilepsy.

437713/GB/1

PACKAGE LEAFLET:
INFORMATION FOR THE USER 

Dulcolax®
Pico Liquid

437716/GB/19

ABCD

5mg / 5ml oral solution
sodium picosulfate
Read all of this leaflet carefully because it
contains important information for you.
This medicine is available without prescription.
You need to take DULCOLAX PICO Liquid as
instructed in this leaflet to get the best results
from it.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again
• Ask your pharmacist if you need more
information or advice
• You must contact your pharmacist or doctor if
your symptoms worsen or do not improve after
five days treatment
• If a side effect occurs and gets troublesome, or
seems serious to you, or if you experience any
side effect not listed in this leaflet, please tell
your pharmacist or doctor

Whatever the cause, constipation can be
uncomfortable. It may make you feel bloated and
heavy or generally “off colour”. Sometimes it
causes headaches.

In this leaflet:
1. What DULCOLAX PICO Liquid is and what it is
used for
2. Before you take DULCOLAX PICO Liquid
3. How to take DULCOLAX PICO Liquid
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store DULCOLAX PICO Liquid
6. Further information

Do not take DULCOLAX PICO Liquid if:
• You are allergic (hypersensitive) to sodium
picosulfate or any of the other ingredients in the
product (listed in Section 6: Further information)
• You have severe dehydration
• You have a bowel condition called “ileus”
(blockage in the intestine)
• You have a serious abdominal condition such as
appendicitis
• You have severe abdominal pain with nausea
and vomiting
• You have a blocked bowel (intestinal
obstruction)
• You have inflammation of the bowel (small and
large intestine)

1. WHAT DULCOLAX PICO LIQUID IS AND WHAT
IT IS USED FOR
• DULCOLAX PICO Liquid contains a medicine
called sodium picosulfate. This belongs to a
group of medicines called laxatives.
• DULCOLAX PICO Liquid is used for relief of
constipation.
• DULCOLAX PICO Liquid gently stimulates the
muscles of the bowel (large intestine). This
brings predictable, overnight relief from
constipation, helping to return the body to its
natural rhythm.
What is constipation?
Normal and regular bowel movement is important
for most people. However, what is “normal and
regular” varies from person to person. Some may
have a bowel movement every day, others less
often. Whatever it is like for you, it is best that
your bowel movement has a regular pattern.
• Constipation is an occasional problem for some
people. For others, it may happen more often
• It happens when the normal muscle actions in
the bowel (large intestine) slow down. This can
mean that material is not easily eliminated
from the body
The cause of constipation is often not known. It
can be associated with:
• Sudden change of diet
• A diet with not enough fibre
• Loss of ‘tone’ of the bowel muscles in older
people
• Pregnancy
• Medicines such as morphine or codeine
• Having to stay in bed for a long time
• Lack of exercise

These healthy tips are recommended to try to
prevent constipation happening:
• Eat a balanced diet including fresh fruit and
vegetables
• Drink enough water so that you do not become
dehydrated
• Keep up your exercise and stay fit
• Make time to empty your bowels when your
body tells you
2. BEFORE YOU TAKE DULCOLAX PICO LIQUID

Do not take DULCOLAX PICO Liquid if any of the
above applies to you. If you are not sure, talk to
your pharmacist or doctor before taking this
medicine.
Taking other medicines
Please tell your pharmacist or doctor if you are
taking or have recently taken any other
medicines, including medicines obtained without
a prescription. This includes herbal medicines.
This is because DULCOLAX PICO Liquid can affect
the way some other medicines work. Also, some
other medicines can affect the way DULCOLAX
PICO Liquid works.
In particular, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you
are taking:
• Water tablets (diuretics) such as bendrofluazide
or furosemide (frusemide)
• Steroid medicines such as prednisolone
• Antibiotics – used for infections
If you are not sure if any of the above applies to
you, talk to your pharmacist or doctor before
taking DULCOLAX PICO Liquid.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Talk to your pharmacist or doctor before taking
DULCOLAX PICO Liquid if you are pregnant,
planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.

CONTROL CODE

Mandatory in

File information

TD

PITCH CODE

Printfile

Issue date of TD:

21.06.2011

Yes

PPM SKU:

P004005

No

019

No

Yes

Issue date of artwork:

13.01.2012

No

Yes

Print colors:

PAN Black

No

2 mm

Yes

PPM SKU version: 

= 0,35 mm

Yes

Yes

= 1 mm

= 10 mm

Mat. No. Pack. Site:

437716/GB/19

Legend case version:

V3.0 01/JUN/2010 (please do not change or remove it)

No

5 mm

1 mm

Yes
= 0,65 mm

Technical information

= 9 mm

= 35 mm

a = Batch No.

b = Expiry date

c = Manufacturing date

d = Price/Sample/Clinic

Technical colors
BI-Diecut-Legendcase

Free area

Additional Requirements of Packaging Site
Dimensions: mm 160 x 305 folded mm 160 x 26

Gluepoints

= 2 mm

3. HOW TO TAKE DULCOLAX PICO LIQUID
If this medicine is from your doctor or
pharmacist, do exactly as they have told you.
Otherwise, follow the instructions below. If you
do not understand the instructions, or you are not
sure, ask your pharmacist or doctor.
As with all laxatives, DULCOLAX PICO Liquid
should not be taken every day for long periods. If
you need laxatives every day, or if you have
abdominal pain which does not go away, you
should see your doctor.
How much to take
Adults and children over 10 years
• One to two 5 ml spoonfuls at night
• When your bowel regularity has returned to
normal, the dose can usually be stopped
Children aged between 4 and 10 years
DULCOLAX PICO Liquid should only be given to
children under 10 if recommended by a doctor.
The usual dose for a child is:
• Half to one 5 ml spoonful at night
Children under 4 years
The dose will depend on the weight of your child:
0.25 ml for each kilogram of the child’s body
weight.
If you take more DULCOLAX PICO Liquid than
you should
If you take more of this medicine than you
should, talk to a doctor or go to a hospital straight
away. Take the medicine pack with you; this is so
the doctor knows what you have taken.
If you have any questions on the use of this
product, ask your pharmacist or doctor.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, DULCOLAX PICO Liquid can
cause side effects, although not everybody gets
them. The following side effects may happen with
this medicine:
Isolated events (some side effects are so rare that
it is not known how many people may be
affected)
• Syncope (feeling faint)
• Allergic reaction
If you have a severe allergic reaction, stop taking
this medicine and see a doctor straight away. The
signs may include: a rash, swelling of your skin,
mouth and face which may cause swallowing or
breathing problems.

Common side effects (affects less than 1 in 10
people)
• Abdominal discomfort, cramps or pain
Uncommon side effects (affects less than 1 in
100 people)
• Nausea
• Vomiting
• Dizziness
If a side effect occurs and gets troublesome or
seems serious to you, or if you experience any
side effect not listed in this leaflet, please tell your
pharmacist or doctor.
5. HOW TO STORE DULCOLAX PICO LIQUID
• Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach
of children
• Do not take DULCOLAX PICO Liquid after the
expiry date which is stated on the carton and
bottle label after EXP. The expiry date refers to
the last day of that month
• Keep the bottle within the outer carton
• Medicines should not be disposed of via
wastewater or household waste. Ask your
pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no
longer required. These measures will help to
protect the environment
6. FURTHER INFORMATION
What DULCOLAX PICO Liquid contains
• 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, aroma
tutti frutti (flavouring), saccharin sodium,
colouring sunset yellow (E110), ethanol,
sodium hydroxide (for pH adjustment) and
water
What DULCOLAX PICO Liquid looks like and
contents of the pack
DULCOLAX PICO Liquid is a clear, yellowishorange, slightly viscous fruit flavoured solution. It
is available in packs of 100 ml and 300 ml.
The Marketing Authorisation is held by:
Boehringer Ingelheim Limited,
Self-Medication Division,
Ellesfield Avenue, Bracknell, Berkshire,
RG12 8YS, United Kingdom.
DULCOLAX PICO Liquid is manufactured at:
Istituto De Angeli. S.r.l.
Località Prulli di Sotto n. 103/C
50066 Regello (FI)
Italy
This leaflet was revised in January 2012

® Registered trade mark
© Copyright Boehringer Ingelheim Limited 2012

20110318

DULCOLAX PICO Liquid contains the
preservatives methyl parahydroxybenzoate,
propyl parahydroxybenzoate and the colouring
agent sunset yellow (E110). These ingredients
may cause allergic reactions, which may not
happen after the first dose. The signs may
include: a rash, swelling of your skin, mouth and
face which may cause swallowing or breathing
problems.

Very common side effects (affects 1 in 10 people
or more)
• Diarrhoea

437716/GB/19

Important information about some of the
ingredients in DULCOLAX PICO Liquid
DULCOLAX PICO Liquid contains 5.9% ethanol
(alcohol), which is up to 480 mg per dose. This is
equivalent to 12 ml beer or 5 ml wine per dose.
This may be harmful for people with a drink
problem (alcoholism). This should also be taken
into account in pregnant or breast-feeding
women, children and high risk groups such as
those with liver disease or epilepsy.

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