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Making simple changes to your diet and lifestyle can help treat constipation.

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Primary treatment for constipation is diet and lifestyle changes

  • Increased fibre intake
  • Adequate fluids
  • Plenty of exercise
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Laxatives can be used when there is:

  • An inadequate response to diet and lifestyle modifications
  • Faecal impaction, associated illness or other medical conditions
  • Medication-induced constipation

How can you treat and prevent constipation yourself?1

Making simple changes to your diet and lifestyle can help treat constipation. You may notice a difference within a few days; however, it can take a few weeks before your constipation symptoms improve.

It’s safe to try the following simple measures when you’re pregnant.


Make changes to your diet

To make your poo softer and easier to pass:

  • Drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcohol.
  • Increase the fibre in your diet
  • Add some wheat bran, oats or linseed to your diet

Improve your toilet routine

  • Keep to a regular time and place and allow yourself plenty of time to use the toilet.
  • Do not delay if you feel the urge to poo.
  • To make it easier to poo, try resting your feet on a low stool while going to the toilet. If possible, raise your knees above your hips.

Consider increasing your activity

A daily walk or run can help you poo more regularly.


Speak to a pharmacist for advice

Speak to a pharmacist if diet and lifestyle changes are not helping. They can suggest a suitable laxative. These are medicines that help you poo more regularly.


Keep moving with Laxido Orange

Macrogol 3350, sodium chloride, sodium hydrogen carbonate, potassium chloride

Always read the leaflet

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Reporting of side effects: If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in the package leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at By reporting side effects, you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.

The information provided on this site is for the use of Laxido Orange in those aged 12 years and above. Please speak to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist about the treatment of constipation in children under 12 years of age.

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