Forlax®, a laxative medication to fight constipation.1
Forlax® is an osmotic laxative used for the symptomatic treatment of chronic functional constipation in adults and children aged 8 years and above.2
The treatment of constipation with medicinal products is only an adjuvant to a healthy lifestyle and dietary management of constipation, with a maximum 3-month treatment course in children.1
How does Forlax® work?
Forlax® belongs to the family of osmotic laxatives.2 It contains 10 g of macrogol 4000.1
When taken by the oral route it leads to an increase in the volume of fluid in the intestine providing better hydration of the stool, giving the stool a soft consistency, and stimulates your body to pass them.1,3
Effects of Forlax® become apparent within 24 hours to 48 hours after its administration.1
What is the form of Forlax®?
Powder for oral solution
20 sachets – Orange-grapefuit flavor
Dissolve each sachet in a glass of water just before use.
How to use Forlax® ?
- Oral use.
- 1 to 2 sachets per day, preferably as a single dose in the morning.
- Dissolve each sachet in a glass of water just before use.
- For single use only- discard unused solution.
- Treatment in children should not exceed 3 months.
- Treatment in adults should be reassessed at 3 months.
- The daily dose should be adapted to the treatment response and may range from one sachet every other day (especially in children), up to two sachets a day.
- The effects of Forlax® become apparent within 24 hours to 48 hours after administration.
Forlax®: what you should know1,3
- Forlax ®has no sugar, no salt.
- Forlax® does not contain a significant quantity of sugar or polyol and can be prescribed for diabetics and patients on a galactose-free diet.
Do not take Forlax®: 2
- If you are hypersensitive (allergic) to macrogol.
- Have severe inflammatory bowel disease (such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis) or an abnormally distended colon (megacolon) associated with narrowing of the bowel.
- Have a hole in the wall of the bowel or are at risk of intestinal perforation.
- Have impaired bowel passage caused by paralysis of the bowel, bowel distension (ileus) or a suspected bowel (intestinal) obstruction.
- Have abdominal pain without knowing the cause.
- Have a hereditary fructose intolerance.
The most common side-effects in both adults and children are diarrhoea and abdominal pain.1
Forlax® is a white or almost white powder having a reminiscent odor of orange and grapefruit.1 Store at or below 30 °C.1
Keep out of the reach of children.1
1: Forlax® Package Insert. March 2015.
2: Forlax® Patient Information Leaflet. March 2015.
3: NHSinform. Constipation. [Internet]. 2018. Available from: https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/stomach-liver-and-gastrointestinal-tract/constipation (Accessed 18 October 2018).