Active substance: SODIUM PICOSULFATE

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Patient Information Leaflet

OTC Concepts Liquid Laxative
5mg/5ml Oral Solution
Sodium Picosulfate

This medicine will be called Liquid Laxative in this leaflet.

• You know you are allergic to sodium picosulfate or
to any of the other ingredients. (These are listed in
Section 6).
Do not give to children under 10 years of age,
unless prescribed by a doctor.

Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start
taking this medicine.

You must be

especially careful

and talk

• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.

to your doctor or pharmacist before taking if:

• If you have any further questions, please ask your

• You are pregnant, trying to become pregnant or

doctor or pharmacist.

breast feeding

• If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you
notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet,

If any of the conditions above apply to you, please

please tell your doctor or pharmacist.

discuss your treatment with your doctor before taking
this medicine.

In this leaflet:

Taking other medicines:

1. What Liquid Laxative is and what it is used for

Liquid Laxative can affect some other medicines you

2. Before you take Liquid Laxative

may be taking. Check with your doctor before taking

3. How to take Liquid Laxative

this medicine if you are taking any of the following:

4. Possible side effects

• Diuretics (to increase urine production) such as

5. How to store Liquid Laxative

bendroflumethiazide, furosemide
• Adrenocorticosteroids (to treat adrenal gland,

6. Further information

inflammatory or immune disorders) such as
prednisolone, hydrocortisone
• Antibiotics (to treat bacterial infections) such as

1. What Liquid Laxative is and what it is
used for

amoxicillin, tetracycline
• Cardiac glycosides (to treat heart problems) e.g.

This oral solution contains the active ingredient
sodium picosulfate. Sodium picosulfate belongs to a
group of medicines called laxatives (medicines used
to loosen the stool or induce bowel movements). It is
used for the short-term relief of constipation. It has a

Always tell your doctor or pharmacist about all the
medicines you are taking. This means medicines you
have bought yourself as well as those you have on
prescription from your doctor.

dual action, stimulating the muscles of both the large
intestine and rectum to bring overnight relief from
constipation. It may restore the sensation or desire
for bowel movements so helping your body to regain
its natural rhythm.

Other special warnings
• If you have been told by your doctor that you have
an intolerance to some sugars, contact your
doctor before taking this medicine as it contains
liquid maltitol (E965)

2. Before you take Liquid Laxative

• This medicine contains sodium methyl
parahydroxybenzoate (E219) and sodium propyl

Some people

must not

take this medicine.

Do not take this medicine if:
• You suffer from any of the following intestinal

parahydroxybenzoate (E217) which may cause
allergic reactions (possibly delayed)
• This medicine contains sunset yellow (E110) and

problems; ileus, intestinal obstruction, acute

carmoisine (E122) which may cause allergic

surgical abdominal conditions like acute


appendicitis or acute inflammatory bowel disease

• As with all laxatives, liquid laxative should not be

or you have severe abdominal pain with nausea or

taken every day for long periods. If you need to


take this medicine, for longer than 5 days you

• You are suffering from severe dehydration

should see your doctor.
Continued, please turn over.

3. How to take Liquid Laxative

5. How to store Liquid Laxative

Adults and children over 10 years:

Keep out of the reach and sight of children.

5 - 10 mg (one to two 5 ml spoonfuls) to be taken at

Do not store above 25˚C. Keep container in outer

Once the regularity of bowel movements has returned

Do not use the medicine after the expiry date shown

to normal this medicine should be stopped. Do not

on the carton or label.

continue to take this medicine for more than 5 days; if
constipation continues after this you should see your

Children under 10 years
Children under 10 years should not take this medicine
unless prescribed by a doctor.

6. Further Information
Each 5 ml of medicine contains 5 mg of the active
ingredient, sodium picosulfate. The other ingredients
are xanthan gum, sodium methyl

If you take more medicine than you should:
If you take more medicine than you should, speak to
your doctor or pharmacist straightaway. Take your
medicine or the pack with you so that they know what
you have taken.

parahydroxybenzoate (E219), sodium propyl
parahydroxybenzoate (E217), liquid maltitol (E965),
sodium saccharin, strawberry flavour (containing
carmoisine (E122), propylene glycol, isopropyl
alcohol, flavouring substances and water), sunset

4. Possible side effects
Liquid Laxative is suitable for most people, but, like
all medicines it can sometimes cause side effects.
The following have been reported:

yellow (E110), citric acid anhydrous, sodium citrate
dihydrate and purified water.
What the medicine looks like
The medicine is a clear, orange coloured liquid, with a
fruit-like odour and taste. It is supplied in bottles

Less than 1 in 1000 people have experienced:

containing 60ml.

• Allergic reactions. If you have a severe allergic
reaction, stop taking this medicine and see a

Product licence holder and manufacturer

doctor straight away. The signs may include:

Product Licence holder:

a rash, swelling of your skin, mouth or face

OTC Concepts Ltd., 2 Park Street, Woburn,

which may cause difficulty swallowing or

Bedfordshire, MK17 9PG, UK.

breathing problems

Manufactured by Thorpe Laboratories Ltd., Golf Road
Industrial Estate, Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire,

Less than 1 in 100 people have experienced:

LN12 1NB, UK.

• Nausea
• Vomiting

Product licence number
PL 20338/0019

Less than 1 in 10 people have experienced:
• Stomach discomfort (including stomach pain and
cramps) and diarrhoea.

Date of revision: July 2011.
If you would like the leaflet in a different format,
please contact the licence holder at the above

If you notice any unwanted effects, even one not


mentioned here, please go and see your doctor.


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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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