Ex-Lax

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Generic Name: Ex-Lax Brand Name(s): Generics only. No brands available.

Uses

What is Ex-Lax® used for?

Ex-Lax® is commonly used to treat hard stools (constipation).

How should I take Ex-Lax®?

Use this medicine as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

Follow how to take Ex-Lax® as you have been told by your doctor. Do not use more than you were told to use.

Do not take other drugs within 2 hours of this medicine.

Take at bedtime if taking once a day. Chew well before swallowing.

How do I store Ex-Lax®?

Ex-Lax® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Ex-Lax® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Ex-Lax® that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush Ex-Lax® down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Ex-Lax®?

Before using this drug, tell your doctor if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
  • You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of Ex-Lax® or other medications.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
  • You have any of these health problems: Bowel block, belly pain, upset stomach, rectal bleeding, throwing up, or change in bowel habits lasting >2 weeks.

Tell all of your health care providers that you take this medicine. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.

Do not use Ex-Lax® for more than 1 week unless told to do so by your doctor.

Do not use other laxatives or stool softeners unless told to do so by the doctor.

If you have rectal bleeding or you do not have a bowel movement after using this medicine, talk with your doctor.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using Ex-Lax® while you are pregnant.

Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using Ex-Lax® during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Ex-Lax®. Ex-Lax® is pregnancy risk category C, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:

  • A=No risk
  • B=No risk in some studies
  • C=There may be some risk
  • D=Positive evidence of risk
  • X=Contraindicated
  • N=Unknown

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Ex-Lax®?

Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Very bad belly pain.

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Interactions

What drugs may interact with Ex-Lax®?

Ex-Lax® may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Does food or alcohol interact with Ex-Lax®?

Ex-Lax® may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with Ex-Lax®?

Ex-Lax® may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Ex-Lax®.

What is the dose of Ex-Lax® for an adult?

Usual Adult Dose for Bowel Preparation

2 tablets (50 mg) orally once or twice a day.

Usual Adult Dose for Constipation

2 tablets (50 mg) orally once or twice a day.

What is the dose of Ex-Lax® for a child?

Usual Pediatric Dose for Bowel Preparation

6 to less than 12 years: 1 tablet (25 mg) orally once or twice a day

12 to less than 18 years: 2 tablets (50 mg) orally once or twice a day

Usual Pediatric Dose for Constipation

6 to less than 12 years: 1 tablet (25 mg) orally once or twice a day

12 to less than 18 years: 2 tablets (50 mg) orally once or twice a day

How is Ex-Lax® available?

Ex-Lax® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Tablet

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Ex-Lax®, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Review Date: October 18, 2017 | Last Modified: October 19, 2017

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