EX-LAX SENNA PILLS
Active substance(s): SENNOSIDES / SENNOSIDES / SENNOSIDES
PACKAGE LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR THE USER
EX-LAX SENNA PILLS
Read all of this leaflet carefully because it contains important information for you.
This medicine is available without a prescription. However, you still need to take Ex-Lax Senna
Pills carefully to get the best results from them.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• Ask your pharmacist if you need more information or advice.
• You must contact a doctor if your symptoms worsen or do not improve after 7 days.
• If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet,
please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
In this leaflet:
1. What Ex-Lax Senna Pills are and what they are used for
2. Before you take Ex-Lax Senna Pills
3. How to take Ex-Lax Senna Pills
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Ex-Lax Senna Pills
6. Further information
1. WHAT EX-LAX SENNA PILLS ARE AND WHAT THEY ARE USED FOR
Ex-Lax Senna Pills belong to a group of medicines known as laxatives, and are used to relieve
constipation. Ex-Lax Senna Pills do not help with weight loss.
Each Ex-Lax Senna Pill contains the equivalent of 12 mg of refined extract of senna containing
2. BEFORE YOU TAKE EX-LAX SENNA PILLS
Do not take Ex-Lax Senna Pills if you have:
• an allergy (hypersensitivity) to Senna or any of the ingredients of Ex-Lax Senna Pills (see Section 6),
• been told by your doctor not to take laxatives,
• a blockage or narrowing of the gastro-intestinal tract or bowel (ileus, intestinal obstruction or stenosis),
• paralysis or weakness in bowel muscle (atony),
• persistent or undiagnosed abdominal complaints e.g. pain or discomfort, nausea or vomiting,
• have appendicitis, diverticulitis, diarrhoea, inflammatory bowel disease (such as Crohn’s disease or
• severe dehydration with water and loss of body salts (hypokalaemia),
• faecal impaction or rectal bleeding for which you don’t know the cause, or blood in your stools,
• already taken a laxative and you are still constipated,
• had a sudden change in bowel habit that has lasted for more than 2 weeks,
• kidney or heart failure,
• an ileostomy or colostomy (an operation in which your small intestine, or large intestine is
• routed to an opening in the surface of your abdomen called a stoma).
Ex-Lax Senna Pills are not recommended for children aged under 12 years.
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Ex-Lax Senna Pills if you:
• have recently had abdominal surgery,
• have a kidney disorder
Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, or have recently taken, any other
medicines, including those obtained without a prescription.
Tell your doctor before taking this medicine if you are taking:
taken to treat heart problems or heart rhythm problems (e.g. cardiac glycosides,
antiarrhythmic medicines such as quinidine)
• Medicines taken which may cause changes to your heart beat (medicines inducing QT prolongation)
• Water tablets,
• Liquorice root preparations,
• Corticosteroids (used to treat conditions such as pain, swelling, allergy, asthma, rheumatism).
Taking Ex-Lax Senna Pills with food and drink
Ex-Lax Senna Pills can be taken with or without with food and drink.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
You should not use this medicine if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or breastfeeding
Driving and using machines
There is no evidence that Ex-Lax Senna Pills can affect your ability to drive or operate machinery.
Important information about some of the ingredients of Ex-Lax Senna Pills.
This medicine contains the sugars lactose, sucrose and glucose. If you have an intolerance to
some sugars, contact your doctor before taking this product.
When administering this product to incontinent adults, pads should be changed more frequently to prevent
extended contact with faeces.
It is recommended to use changes in diet and bulk forming medicines to control constipation.
3. HOW TO TAKE EX-LAX SENNA PILLS
For oral use only
Adults, elderly and children over 12 years: Take one tablet before going to bed. A higher dose may be
prescribed by a medical practitioner.
Children under 12 years: Not recommended for children under 12.
Drink plenty of liquids while you are taking Ex-Lax Senna Pills.
Normally it is sufficient to take this product up to 2 to 3 times a week.
Consult your doctor if:
• there is no bowel movement after 3 days,
• you need a laxative every day,
• you have persistent abdominal pain, if symptoms worsen or persist.
Ex-Lax Senna Pills should not be used for more than 7 days without seeking medical advice.
If you take more Ex-Lax Senna Pills than you should
Taking too many tablets may cause diarrhoea, stomach cramps and nausea. If this happens, drink plenty
of liquids to help replace the lost fluid.
If you accidentally take too many pills, or you suspect that your child has taken
any medicine, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
It may be harmful to take too much of Ex-Lax Senna Pills or take Ex-Lax Senna Pills 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 the 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
If you forget to take Ex-Lax Senna Pills
Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose. Skip the missed dose and take
the next dose at the correct scheduled time.
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, Ex-Lax Senna Pills can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
STOP taking Ex-Lax Senna Pills and seek medical help immediately if you or your child has any of the
following which may be signs of an allergic reaction:
·difficulty in breathing or swallowing
·swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat
·severe itching of the skin, with a red rash or raised bumps, which may be local or more widespread.
Ex-Lax Senna Pills may produce abdominal pain, spasms and diarrhoea, in particular in patients with
If you experience persistent abdominal pain, nausea and diarrhoea with excessive loss of water, if the
constipation continues or become worse when taking Ex-Lax, stop taking it and tell your doctor straight
Yellow or red-brown discolouration of urine may occur but is harmless.
Chronic use may lead to albuminuria and haematuria, which is protein or red blood cells in the urine.
Chronic use may cause pigmentation of the gastrointestinal tract which usually recedes when the product
is no longer taken.
This medicine may cause other effects such as increase in the hormone aldosterone, dehydration, kidney
problems, low blood pressure (hypotension), tiredness, muscle cramps, muscle weakness , a
decrease in levels of body salts in the blood (e.g. calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium), and
abnormal enlarging/expansion of the colon.
Prolonged use may also lead to a tolerance of the medicine, meaning that larger doses will be required to
produce the desired effect.
If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your
doctor or pharmacist.
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 the package leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
5. HOW TO STORE EX-LAX SENNA PILLS
Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
Do not store above 25°C.
Do not use Ex-Lax Senna Pills after the expiry date (EXP) which is stated on the blister and
carton. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
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
6. FURTHER INFORMATION
What Ex-Lax Senna Pills contain
Each tablet contains sennosides, as calcium salts, equivalent to 12 mg hydroxyanthracene glycosides,
calculated as sennoside B.
The other ingredients are: sucrose, lactose monohydrate, maize starch, talc, acacia, titanium
dioxide, glucose, stearic acid, gelatin, silica colloidal anhydrous, red iron oxide and carnauba
What Ex-Lax Senna Pills look like and contents of the pack
Ex-Lax Senna Pills are circular, biconvex, brownish red sugar-coated tablets of approximately
6 mm diameter.
Ex-Lax Senna Pills are available in blister packs of sizes: 6, 9, 10, 12, 18, 20, 24, 30, 36, 40 or
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare (UK) Trading Limited,
For any information about this medicinal product, please contact the Marketing Authorisation Holder.
This leaflet was last revised in May 2016.
Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency