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MICRALAX MICRO ENEMA

Active substance(s): SODIUM ALKYLSULPHOACETATE / SODIUM CITRATE

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Patient Information Leaflet: Micralax® 450 mg/45 mg/5 ml
Rectal Solution
Sodium citrate and sodium alkylsulphoacetate

Read all of this leaflet carefully
because it contains important
information for you.
• This medicine is available without
prescription. However, you still
need to use Micralax carefully 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 a doctor if your
symptoms worsen or do not
improve after a few days.
• In this leaflet Micralax 450
mg/45mg/5ml Rectal Solution will
be called Micralax.

How to use Micralax

• Lie down on your side with your knees
drawn up towards your tummy. If you
prefer you can sit on the toilet

• Pull or twist the cap off the tube
• You can lubricate the nozzle to make it
easier to put in. Squeeze a drop of
medicine out onto the nozzle

• Put the full length of the nozzle into
your back passage

• Gently squeeze the tube until it is
empty

• Keep squeezing the tube as you pull the
nozzle out. This is to stop the medicine
being drawn back into the tube

• Wait for the laxative to work. This
takes 5-15 minutes.
If you use more Micralax than you
should
If you accidentally use too much Micralax,
contact the nearest hospital casualty
department or your doctor as soon as
possible.
If you have any further questions about
the use of this medicine, ask your doctor
or pharmacist.

In this leaflet:
1. What Micralax is for
2. Before you use Micralax
3. How to use Micralax
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Micralax
6. Further information

Micralax is an enema. An enema is
an injection of liquid into your back
passage (anus) which makes your
bowels easy to empty.

2. Before you take Micralax
Do not use Micralax if:

• You are allergic to sodium citrate

1. What Micralax is for

or sodium alkylsulphoacetate

Micralax belongs to a group of
medicines called laxatives.
It contains two active ingredients,
sodium citrate and sodium
alkylsulphoacetate. These work
together in the medicine.
Micralax works by causing water to
be drawn into the lower bowels. This
makes more water in the stools. This
means your stools are softer. It is then
much easier to empty your bowels.
Micralax is used to:
• Treat constipation especially in
bedridden patients, the elderly,
children, women giving birth or
those deliberately not passing stools
• Empty your bowels before an X-ray
or other examination.

• You are allergic to any of the other
ingredients in Micralax (see section 6)

• You have an inflammatory bowel

6. Further information

Like all medicines Micralax can cause side
effects, although not everybody gets them.
Most people find that using this medicine
causes no side effects, provided it is used
correctly.
If you use Micralax too much it may
cause diarrhoea or loss of fluid.

What Micralax contains
The active substances are 450 mg sodium
citrate and 45 mg sodium
alkylsulphoacetate.

5. How to store Micralax
Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
Do not use Micralax after the expiry date
on the pack. The expiry date refers to the
last day of that month.
Store below 25°C.
Medicines should not be disposed of via
wastewater or household waste. Return
any medicine you no longer need to your
pharmacist.

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The other ingredients are sorbitol
solution, glycerol, sorbic acid and
purified water.
What Micralax looks like
Micralax is a colourless liquid that comes
in disposable plastic 5ml tube with 5 - 6
cm long flexible nozzle.
Micralax comes in cartons containing 12
tubes.

REGULATORY/COMPANY

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DATE

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This leaflet was last updated July 2014.

32-42 Station Road
Cheshire. SK4 3QT
Product Description/Component

11001084 Micralax

Size flat

125mm (h) x 250mm (w)

Size folded

125mm (w) x 31mm (h)
100%
4.

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If this leaflet is difficult to
see or read or you would
like it in a different
format, please contact:
RPH Pharmaceuticals AB,
Lagervägen 7,
136 50 Haninge,
Sweden.

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Adults and Children aged 3 years and
over:

Manufacturer
Recipharm Limited,
Vale of Bardsley,
Ashton-under-Lyne,
OL7 9RR, UK

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IMPORTANT:
Your doctor or pharmacist will
choose the dose that is right for you.
Your dose will be shown clearly on
the label that your pharmacist puts
on your medicine. If it does not, or
you are not sure, ask your doctor or
pharmacist.

Marketing Authorisation Holder
RPH Pharmaceuticals AB, Lagervägen 7,
136 50 Haninge, Sweden.

Heaton Mersey, Stockport

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Always use Micralax exactly as your
doctor or pharmacist has told you.

disease.
If any of the above applies to you talk • Micralax usually works within 5 to
15 minutes, so make sure you are
to your doctor or pharmacist.
near a toilet before using it
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
If you are pregnant, trying to become • Always use a fresh tube of
Micralax every time.
pregnant or breast-feeding ask your
doctor or pharmacist for advice
• The usual dose is one tube.
before using Micralax.
Remember: if after a few days
treatment you are still constipated,
you must see your doctor.
You should not use laxatives for a
long time.

4. Possible side effects

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

3. How to use Micralax

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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