DULCOLAX PICO PERLES 2.5 MG SOFT CAPSULES

Active substance: SODIUM PICOSULPHATE MONOHYDRATE

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Package Leaflet: Information for the user

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2.5 mg capsules
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 PERLES 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
In this leaflet:
1. What DULCOLAX PICO PERLES are and
what they are used for
2. Before you take DULCOLAX PICO PERLES
3. How to take DULCOLAX PICO PERLES
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store DULCOLAX PICO PERLES
6. Further information
1. WHAT DULCOLAX PICO PERLES ARE
AND WHAT THEY ARE USED FOR
• DULCOLAX PICO PERLES contain a
medicine called sodium picosulfate.
This belongs to a group of medicines
called laxatives
• DULCOLAX PICO PERLES are used for
relief of constipation
• DULCOLAX PICO PERLES gently
stimulate 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
Whatever the cause, constipation can be
uncomfortable. It may make you feel
bloated and heavy, or generally “off
colour”. Sometimes it causes headaches.
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
PERLES
Do not take DULCOLAX PICO PERLES 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 or large intestine)
Do not take this medicine 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 PERLES can
affect the way some other medicines
work. Also, some other medicines can
affect the way DULCOLAX PICO PERLES
works.
In particular, tell your pharmacist or
doctor if you are taking:
• Water tablets (diuretics) such as
bendrofluazide or furosemide
(frusemide)
• Steroid medicines such as prednisolone
• Antibiotics – used for infections

Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Talk to your pharmacist or doctor before
taking DULCOLAX PICO PERLES if you are
pregnant, planning to become pregnant
or are breast-feeding.
3. HOW TO TAKE DULCOLAX PICO
PERLES
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 if you are not sure, ask
your pharmacist or doctor.
As with all laxatives, DULCOLAX PICO
PERLES should not be taken every day
for more than five days. 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
• Take two to four capsules (5 mg to
10 mg) 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 PERLES should only be
given to children between the ages of 4
and 10 if recommended by a doctor. The
usual dose for children is:
• Give one to two capsules (2.5 mg to
5 mg) at night
Children under 4 years
DULCOLAX PICO PERLES is not
recommended for children under 4 years.
If you take more DULCOLAX PICO
PERLES 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
PERLES 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
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 PERLES
• Keep this medicine out of the sight and
reach of children
• Do not take DULCOLAX PICO PERLES
after the expiry date which is stated on
the carton or bottle label after EXP. The
expiry date refers to the last day of that
month.
• Do not store above 25°C
• Keep the bottle within the outer carton
in order to protect from light
• 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 PERLES contain
• Each capsule contains 2.5 mg of
sodium picosulfate (present as
monohydrate) as the active ingredient
• The other ingredients are: propylene
glycol, macrogol 400, gelatin, glycerol
and purified water
What DULCOLAX PICO PERLES look like
and contents of the pack
DULCOLAX PICO PERLES are small, pearlshaped soft gelatin capsules. They are
available in packs of 20, or larger packs
of 50 (available only from Pharmacies).
Marketing Authorisation is held by:
Boehringer Ingelheim Limited,
Consumer Healthcare,
Ellesfield Avenue, Bracknell, Berkshire,
RG12 8YS, United Kingdom.
Batch release is carried out by:
Boehringer Ingelheim
Pharma GmbH & Co. KG
Binger Strasse 173
D-55216 Ingelheim, Germany.
This leaflet was revised in July 2012.

® Registered trade mark Limited 2012
© Boehringer Ingelheim

20110318

Before taking DULCOLAX PICO PERLES
tell your pharmacist or doctor if you are
not sure if any of the above applies to
you.

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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