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How do you know if you have constipation and how can you treat it?

Constipation is a common complaint for people of all ages. It’s usually constipation if you haven’t passed a stool at least three times in a week, the stool is difficult to pass, dry, hard, lumpy or larger than usual.*

For the most part, people can treat constipation at home by making simple changes to their lifestyle and diet, such as eating more fruit and cereals, drinking more water, doing more exercise and keeping a regular toilet routine. If these diet and lifestyle changes don’t help, you should speak to your GP or pharmacist who may suggest a suitable laxative – a medicine to help you pass stools more regularly.*

What is Laxido® Orange, powder for oral solution?

Laxido Orange is a sugar-free laxative given to people from 12 years of age to treat chronic constipation. This is when you have been constipated for a long time. It can also be used to treat a build-up of hard stools in your bowels (known as faecal impaction). The faecal impaction diagnosis should be confirmed by your doctor or specialist nurse prior to taking Laxido Orange. It works by making your stools softer and easier to pass, giving you relief from constipation.

Available as a powder in a sachet that is dissolved in water before drinking, Laxido Orange is easy to prepare, with an orange flavour. It is specially designed to help maintain your body’s normal levels of salt, potassium and water while you are taking it.

You should always read the package leaflet before use and take this medicine exactly as described in the leaflet or as your doctor, pharmacist or nurse has told you to. You can always check with them if you’re unsure. Prolonged use of laxatives is not recommended. If symptoms persist, seek advice from your pharmacist or GP. Contact a doctor if symptoms worsen or do not improve after 14 days for chronic constipation or after three days for faecal impaction.
Speak to your pharmacist to discuss chronic constipation.

*NHS. Constipation. Available at:

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