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1. What is PICO-SALAX® and what is it used for?

PICO-SALAX® is a white powder. It is a very strong purgative (i.e. to empty bowels). PICO-SALAX® is used to cleanse the bowel of faecal matter and secretions prior to x-ray examination, endoscopy or surgery. This product is not intended to be used as a regular laxative.

2. What are the active ingredients in PICO-SALAX®?

Each sachet contains the following active ingredients:

Sodium Picosulfate
Magnesium Oxide
Citric Acid


10.0 milligrams
3.5 grams
12.0 grams

3. How do I take PICO-SALAX®?

See Instructions.

4. Can PICO-SALAX® be mixed with liquids other than water?

No. There is only data available to support mixing with water.

5. Can PICO-SALAX® be mixed ahead of time?

No, each sachet of PICO-SALAX® should only be mixed just before use.

6. Can PICO-SALAX® be taken with food?

For best results, it is recommended that patients only drink clear fluids on the day that they start taking PICO-SALAX®. Clear fluids may include water, clear sports drinks, clear sodas, broth, tea or coffee (sweetened to taste, no milk, cream or soy). See also Instructions.

7. Can PICO-SALAX® be taken in combination with other medication?

As per the Instructions, please advise your doctor if you are taking:

1. Anti-epileptics, contraceptives, antibiotics, diabetes medications and cardiac glycosides
2. Diuretics, corticosteroids and lithium
3. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs), tricyclic antidepressants, antipsychotic drugs or carbamazepine
4. Oral iron preparations
5. Constipating drugs (e.g. cholinergics, opioids)

See also Product Information (Taking Other Medicines).

8. Does PICO-SALAX® contain gluten?

Both PICO-SALAX® natural orange and cranberry flavours do not contain gluten.

9. Does PICO-SALAX® contain lactose?

PICO-SALAX® natural cranberry flavour does not contain lactose
PICO-SALAX® natural orange flavour does contain lactose.

10. Does PICO-SALAX® contain artificial sweetener and if so, how much?

Yes. Each sachet contains 0.06g of sodium saccharin.

11. What is the source of orange flavour?

PICO-SALAX® contains natural orange flavour.

12. What is the source of cranberry flavour?

PICO-SALAX® contains natural cranberry flavour.

13. How does PICO-SALAX® look, smell and taste when mixed?

PICO-SALAX® is a milky, cloudy, white suspension that tastes and smells of orange or cranberry.

14. When should PICO-SALAX® start working (onset of action)?

In general, you should expect loose bowel movements to start at any time (on average 3-4 hours) after taking a dose of PICO-SALAX®. Please ensure that you have access to a toilet at all times following each dose, until the effects wear off.

15. How long has PICO-SALAX® been available?

PICO-SALAX® was first marketed in Canada in November 2004. It was introduced in the UK in December 1980.

16. What is the recommended dosing in children?

PICO-SALAX® can be used in children 1 year old and over. Mix entire sachet in 150mL of cold water and give 1/4 of the solution. Please discard remaining solution. Repeat these instructions for the second dose. Always follow your physicians' instructions.

17. Is PICO-SALAX® safe in pregnancy?

If you are pregnant or are breast feeding, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking PICO-SALAX®.

18. Can PICO-SALAX® be used if frozen?

PICO-SALAX® is recommended to be stored at room temperature (15°C to 25°C) not frozen.