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.
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 power drinks, apple juice, white (not red) cranberry juice, white (not purple) grape juice, ginger ale, broth, tea or coffee (sweetened to taste, no milk, cream or soy). See also Patient Instructions.
1. Aspirin® (ASA), or medications containing ASA
2. Blood thinners such as Coumadin® (warfarin)
3. Iron pills or a multivitamin containing iron
4. Ticlid® (ticlopidine), or Plavix® (clopidogrel)
5. Diabetic medications
6. Usual pills
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. Please note: Studies show the onset of action will vary from person to person and can range from 1 up to 10 hours.
PICO-SALAX® can be used in children 1 year old and over. FOR CHILDREN'S DOSE: Please mix entire sachet in 150 mL of cold water and then give either ¼, ½ or entire sachet volume (150 mL) depending on age (follow your physician’s directions) for the first dose. If dose is less than 150 mL, please discard remaining PICO-SALAX® mixture (mix a fresh sachet if a second dose is required). Repeat these instructions for second dose.