Generic Name: Sennosides

  • Other names:

    Ex-lax Regular Strength Chocolate, Ex-lax Regular Strength pills
  • What is this medication?

    Ex-lax is a stimulant laxative. It is intended to relieve occasional constipation or irregularity. It usually leads to a bowel movement in 6 to 12 hours.
  • Are there any warnings associated with Ex-lax?

    Do not use laxative products when abdominal pain, nausea, or vomiting are present unless with a doctor's direction.

    Do not use this product for longer than 1 week. Take this product 2 or more hours before or after taking other drugs, as laxatives may affect how other drugs work.

    Stop using this product and ask a doctor if rectal bleeding or failure to have a bowel movement occur after taking a laxative. These could be signs of a serious condition.

    Swallow pill(s) whole, do not crush, break, or chew.

    Keep this product out of the reach of children. In the event of an overdose, get medical help or contact a poison control center immediately.

  • Should I talk to my doctor before taking Ex-lax?

    Ask a doctor before using this product if you have had a sudden change in bowel habits lasting over a period of 2 weeks.

    Talk to a doctor or pharmacist before using Ex-lax if you are taking a prescription drug, since laxatives may affect how other drugs work.

    Talk to a health professional before using this product if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.

  • What are the possible side effects of Ex-lax?

    Side effects cannot always be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.
  • What should I avoid while taking Ex-lax?

    Do not use Ex-lax for longer than a week. Do not take this product within 2 hours of taking other drugs.
  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Ex-lax?

    If Ex-lax is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Always check with your doctor before combining Ex-lax with any other medication, since laxatives can affect how other drugs work.
  • What is the usual dosage of Ex-lax?

    If taking pills, swallow with a glass of water. Swallow the pill whole, without crushing, breaking, or chewing it.

    Adults and children 12 years: If using chocolated pieces, chew 2 pieces once or twice daily. If using pills, take 2 pills once or twice daily.

    Children 6- <12 years: Chew 1 chocolated piece once or twice daily. If using pills, take 1 pill once or twice daily.

    Children <6 years: Ask a doctor.

  • How should I store Ex-lax?

    Store at room temperature.