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Picolax Sachets

2 Sachets
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Picolax is used to clean the bowel prior to X-ray examination, endoscopy or surgery. To purchase this item you must have a private prescription from your doctor or medical profession.

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Picolax Sachets belongs to a group of medicines known as the 'osmotic laxatives'. It works by causing water to be drawn into the lower bowel. This increases the water content and volume of the stools, making them softer and easier to pass.

It is generally used in instances where rapid bowel evacuation is required, such as prior to surgery or examination procedures.

What is it used for?

  • To empty the bowel prior to examination before or after an operation.

Picolax Sachets - Route of administration: Oral To avoid dehydration during treatment with Picolax it is recommended to drink approximately 250ml per hour, of water or other clear fluid while the washout effect persists.


Put the contents of one sachet in a cup of water (approximately 150ml). Stir for 2-3 minutes and drink the solution. If it becomes hot, wait until it cools sufficiently to drink.

Adults (including the elderly):

One sachet reconstituted in water as directed, taken before 8 am on the day before the procedure. Second sachet 6 to 8 hours later.


  • 1 - 2 years: ¼ sachet morning, ¼ sachet afternoon
  • 2 - 4 years: ½ sachet morning, ½ sachet afternoon
  • 4 - 9 years: 1 sachet morning, ½ sachet afternoon
  • 9 and above: adult dose

Picolax Sachets -  Care should also be taken in patients with renal impairment, heart disease or inflammatory bowel disease.

  • The period of bowel cleansing should not exceed 24 hours because longer preparation may increase the risk of water imbalance.
  • This medicine contains 5 mmol (or 195 mg) potassium per sachet. This should be taken into consideration by patients with reduced kidney function or patients on a controlled potassium diet.
  • This medicine contains lactose as a component of the flavour. Patients with rare hereditary problems of galactose intolerance, the Lapp lactase deficiency or glucose-galactose malabsorption should not take this medicine.

Picolax Sachets - Adverse reactions to Picolax are very rare (<1 in10,000) and are presented below.


Nervous system disorders

  • Epilepsy, grand mal convulsion, convulsions, confusional state, headache


Gastrointestinal disorders

  • Vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, nausea, proctalgia


Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders

  • Rash (including erythematous and maculo-papular rash)




Picolax Sachets - Each sachet contains the following active ingredients:

Sodium picosulfate


Magnesium oxide, light


Citric acid, anhydrous


Each sachet also contains:

  • Potassium hydrogen carbonate 0.5g
  • Lactose
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