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Laxido orange powder is an easy-to-drink powder, that once mixed with water will treat chronic long-term constipation and can also be used to treat the build up in your bowels. Using the active ingredient macrogol 3350, this orange flavoured softens stools making it easier to pass, giving you relief.

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  • Treats constipation
  • Softens faeces, making it easier to pass
  • Sachets for oral use

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What is Laxido?

Laxido sachets are an effective treatment for constipation. They contain macrogol 3350 (also known as polyethylene glycol), a laxative that softens stools and makes them easier to pass. Laxido also contains electrolytes (electrolytes sodium chloride, sodium hydrogen carbonate and potassium chloride) that help your body to stay hydrated.

Coming in an orange flavour, Laxido is available in packs of 30 sachets. Laxido is a powder that is mixed with water to create a drink. Each sachet contains 13.125 g of macrogol, 350.7 mg of sodium chloride, 178.5 mg of sodium hydrogen carbonate and 46.6 mg of potassium chloride. There are also inactive ingredients such as acesulfame potassium (E950) and orange flavouring.

What Is Laxido Used For?

Laxido sachets are for treating constipation in adults and children over the age of 12. The medicine is used to treat difficulty passing stools and to clear build-ups of hard stools (faecal impaction) in the bowel that can happen due to long-term constipation. Macrogol, the laxative contained in Laxido, can also be given before a colonoscopy (a test which looks inside your bowels) in order to empty the bowels.

Constipation can be caused by:

  • Blockages in the colon or rectum
  • Nerve problems
  • Issues with the pelvic muscles
  • Medical conditions that affect the hormones
  • Not having enough fibre in your diet
  • Changes in eating habits
  • Not drinking enough fluids
  • Anxiety, depression or psychiatric problems

How Does Laxido Work?

Macrogol, the laxative contained in Laxido, is an osmotic laxative. This type of laxative draws water into the stool, increasing its volume and making it softer. The absorption of water into the stool results in bowel movements which are more frequent and easier to pass, providing relief from constipation.

The electrolytes in Laxido - sodium chloride, sodium hydrogen carbonate and potassium chloride - help to maintain normal levels of sodium, potassium and water in your body during your constipation treatment. These electrolytes can regulate fluid balance, hydrating the body and balancing blood pressure and acidity.

Laxido and Alcohol

You can drink alcohol while you are taking Laxido sachets to treat constipation, as there are no known complications. However, alcohol may contribute to constipation, so drinking while you are constipated may not be a good idea.

Laxido and Pregnancy

You can take Laxido sachets while you are pregnant. Constipation is more common towards the end of pregnancy during the third trimester, and just after giving birth. If you are pregnant, you may be advised to try treating constipation by changing your diet first. This can be done by eating more foods that are high in fibre such as fruit, vegetables, potatoes, brown rice and wholemeal bread.

You can take Laxido while you are breastfeeding, as it does not pass into breast milk. This means that the medicine is unlikely to cause side effects in your baby.

There is no evidence to suggest that taking Laxido can reduce fertility in men or women. Tell your doctor before starting to take Laxido if you are pregnant, trying for a baby, or breastfeeding.

Laxido vs Movicol

Laxido and Movicol sachets are both laxative treatments for constipation that also include electrolytes. The only difference between them is the taste. Laxido and Movicol contain the same active ingredients; the laxative macrogol 3350 (also known as polyethylene glycol), and the electrolytes sodium chloride, sodium hydrogen carbonate and potassium chloride. The two medicines also contain the same amounts of these active ingredients in each sachet.

You take Laxido and Movicol in the same way, dissolving the sachets in water and drinking them. Dosages for treating constipation and faecal impaction are also identical.

While Laxido is only available in orange flavour, Movicol comes in more flavour varieties, including; chocolate, lemon and lime, and plain flavour (‘flavour free’).

Fybogel vs Laxido

Like Laxido, Fybogel is a laxative that is used to treat constipation. However, Fybogel contains a different type of laxative. While Laxido contains macrogol, Fybogel contains ispaghula husk; the dry outer covering of the ispaghula plant which is rich in fibre and mucilage (the thick, gluey substance produced by plants). Fybogel comes in granules that are mixed with water to produce a high-fibre drink, similar to Laxido sachets, which are also dissolved in water.

Despite having different active ingredients, Fybogel and Laxido work similarly, softening up stools and making them easier to pass. However, while Fybogel does this by bulking up stools with fibre, Laxido achieves the softening by water absorption. Like Laxido, Fybogel usually works within two to three days. The two medicines share some of the same common potential side effects, including wind and bloating.

It is usually recommended that you try a bulk-forming laxative such as Fybogel first. If Fybogel has proven ineffective, you could be advised to switch to an osmotic laxative like Laxido or supplement the Fybogel with Laxido. Only take two laxatives at the same time if you have been advised to do so by your doctor or pharmacist.

Laxido Reviews

Macrogol, the laxative in Laxido, has received positive reviews online for its ability to treat constipation. Users have described the way that macrogol has successfully softened their stools in just a few days, making them much easier to pass. Some users reported that after changing their diet or taking supplements for their constipation had been ineffective, Laxido was the first treatment that worked.

While some users said that their stools became softer in under 48 hours, others reported that it took at least a week until their bowel movements returned to normal. Among the side effects cited are diarrhoea, gas and stomach cramps.

Can You Buy Laxido Over the Counter?

In the UK, you don’t need a prescription to buy Laxido sachets. Laxido can be bought quickly and conveniently through Cloud Pharmacy’s online pharmacy. After your request is approved by one of our online pharmacists, your Laxido sachets will be promptly dispensed and sent in a discreet package via our next-day delivery service.

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How Long Does Laxido Take To Work?

Laxido sachets should be effective within 48 hours, but you may begin to feel the effects of the treatment within six hours.

The time Laxido takes to work can vary from person to person and be dependent on numerous factors. If you are still constipated three days after starting the treatment, speak to your doctor. For faecal impaction, you would not usually take Laxido for more than three days. A course of Laxido for chronic constipation may last for up to two weeks or longer.

How to Take Laxido

For treating constipation, you can take one to three sachets per day, as directed. To treat faecal impaction, eight sachets per day are taken within a six-hour timeframe.

Laxido powder sachets are mixed with water and consumed. One sachet is dissolved in 125 ml of water. If you have faecal impaction, you may find it more convenient to mix your eight sachets for the day with 1 litre of water.

If you consume too many Laxido sachets, you might experience side effects such as diarrhoea, vomiting and stomach pain; leading to dehydration. When this happens, you should stop taking Laxido and rehydrate yourself with water. If you forget to take a dose of Laxido, take it as soon as you remember – don’t take a double dose to compensate for the missed dose.

Always complete the course as directed by your pharmacist or doctor. Symptoms may persist or return if you stop before the end of your course.

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Laxido Side Effects

Not everyone will experience side effects from Laxido. When people do experience side effects, most of the time they aren’t serious. Among the common side effects of Laxido, experienced by more than 1 in 100 people, are:

  • Stomach pain
  • Diarrhoea
  • Bloating
  • Wind
  • Indigestion
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Sore anus

These side effects are likely to subside when you lower your dose of Laxido or stop taking the medicine. If you are concerned about any of the side effects, or they persist, speak to your doctor or pharmacist.

Serious side effects from Laxido are rare. If you experience any of the following serious potential side effects contact a medical professional or call 999 immediately:

  • Fatigue
  • Severe diarrhoea
  • Severe vomiting
  • Swollen legs or feet
  • Shortness of breath
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Muscle weakness
  • Signs of a serious allergic reaction (including wheezing, chest or throat tightness, hives, breathing difficulty or a swollen face)

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