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Laxido Sachets

Laxido Sachets (30 sachets)

Order before 3pm for delivery from Tue. 22 Jun and Wed. 23 Jun.

Laxido Information

  • Age: 18

    Maximum per order: 4

  • Pregnancy: Not suitable

    Breastfeeding: Not suitable

About Laxido Orange

Laxido Orange sachets are available to buy online from The Independent Pharmacy. Laxido is supplied in packs of 30 sachets.

Laxido contains Macrogol 3350 and electrolytes. Macrogols are laxatives that are used for the treatment of constipation. Macrogol 3350 can also be used to treat a build-up of hard faeces in your bowel known as faecal impaction. 

Macrogol 3350 makes your faeces softer and easier to pass, giving you relief from constipation while the electrolytes help to maintain your body’s normal levels of sodium, potassium and water during treatment.


What causes constipation?

Constipation is a common problem which can be caused by lifestyle factors such as not eating enough fibre or not drinking enough fluid or a lack of movement or exercise. Some medical conditions and medications can also increase your risk of becoming constipated.

Find out more about constipation.


How does Laxido work?

The active ingredient Macrogol 3350 in Laxido Orange is known as an “osmotic laxative” which works by absorbing water into the stool. This increases the stool volume, makes it softer and therefore easier to pass, giving relief from constipation.


How long does Laxido take to work?

A commonly asked question is how long do Laxido sachets take to work? The answer to this is that it can vary from person to person and can depend on a variety of factors.

Some people will experience effects within 6 hours, however, most commonly people notice effects within 1-2 days of commencing treatment. 


Does Laxido work overnight?

Laxido Orange will start working inside your body as soon as it reaches your large bowel. Most people report effects of Laxido Orange within 1-2 days of commencing treatment, however this can vary from person to person. 


Is Laxido Orange safe for long-term use?

A course of Laxido for constipation does not normally last more than 2 weeks. Laxido treatment for faecal Impaction does not normally last more than 3 days. 

If your symptoms do not improve after 2 weeks or your symptoms are getting worse you must consult a doctor. 

Long-term use of Laxido can lead to prolonged diarrhoea. You may also be at an increased risk of electrolyte imbalance, where your sodium, potassium and magnesium levels can become too high or too low. 

In cases of long-term constipation, it may be recommended by a doctor that you continue to take Laxido sachets but reduce the dose to 1-2 sachets a day.


When to use Laxido sachets

Laxido is a type of laxative used to treat constipation. Laxido contains an osmotic laxative which means that it works by softening hard stools by forcing them to absorb more water from inside the bowel. Laxido works in the same way as Movicol and CosmoCol.

Osmotic laxatives like bulk-forming laxatives, such as Fybogel, can take a few days to work but as they work with your body to naturally encourage bowel movements they allow you to have more control over your treatment. 

Stimulant laxatives such as Senna and Dulcolax get to work within around 8 hours by speeding up bowel movements by stimulating the nerves. Stimulant laxatives give faster relief from constipation and are good for short term use but are more likely to cause unwanted side effects such as stomach cramps and diarrhoea. 

For more information about constipation and treatments, take a look at our Treatment Advice for Constipation page.



*Prescription medicines are supplied subject to a medical consultation at the discretion of a doctor.

Laxido dose

Laxido powder sachets should be taken orally. Not recommended for those under 12 years.

Treatment for Constipation:

  • Dissolve 1 sachet in 125ml of water, 1-3 times a day as directed


Treatment for Faecal Impaction:

  • Take 8 sachets daily and consume within 6 hours
  • Dissolve each sachet in 125ml of water or all 8 sachets in 1 litre of water.


What do I do if I have taken too much Laxido Orange?

If you have taken more Laxido Orange than you should you may experience severe pains or swelling in the abdomen or vomiting and diarrhoea which may result in dehydration. If this occurs stop taking Laxido Orange and drink plenty of fluids. 


What do I do if I forget to take my dose of Laxido Orange?

If you forget to take a dose of Laxido, take it as soon as you remember and continue as before. If you miss a dose DO NOT take a double dose.


Is it ok to stop taking Laxido Orange before finishing the course of treatment?

To get the most benefit from Laxido sachets, it is recommended that you complete your course of treatment. If you stop the course early your symptoms are likely to persist. 

Laxido side effects

Like all medicines, Laxido Orange may cause unwanted side effects in some people.

Common Side Effects (1 in 100 people affected):

  • Diarrhoea
  • Indigestion
  • Stomach pain
  • Bloating & wind
  • Nausea & vomiting
  • Sore anus

These side effects usually get better if you reduce the amount of macrogol or after you have had a poo. Talk to a doctor or pharmacist if the side effects bother you or do not go away.

Serious Side Effects:

Call a doctor straight away if these rare but serious side effects happen to you:

  • severe diarrhoea or vomiting
  • Feeling more tired than usual
  • Shortness of breath
  • Swollen ankles, feet or legs
  • Muscle weakness
  • Irregular heartbeat


Laxido bloated stomach

One of the more common side effects of Laxido Orange is bloating of the stomach and wind. To reduce the impact of this the NHS advise taking Laxido Orange between meals instead of directly before or after them. 

Eating smaller, more frequent meals and avoiding foods that can increase bloating and wind can also help. These foods include lentils, peas, beans and onions. Try to eat and drink slowly and get regular exercise.


Diarrhoea after taking Laxido 

Another common side effect of Laxido Orange is diarrhoea. If you are having a significant amount or persisting diarrhoea you may want to consider reducing your dose. 

To avoid becoming dehydrated make sure you are drinking plenty of fluids. Signs of dehydration include needing to urinate less frequently or dark-strong smelling urine.

Laxido ingredients

Each Laxido sachet contains the active ingredients macrogol 3350 (13.125g), sodium chloride (350.7mg), sodium hydrogen carbonate (178.5mg) and potassium chloride (46.6mg).

The inactive ingredients include acesulfame potassium (E950) and orange flavour (E1520).

Laxido warnings

  • When taking Laxido Orange you should continue to drink plenty of fluids. The fluid content of Laxido Orange should not replace your regular liquid intake. 
  • You should not take any other medicines by mouth 1 hour before and for 1 hour after taking Laxido Orange.
  • Laxido Orange can be taken during pregnancy and whilst breast-feeding. If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine. 
  • Driving and using machines Laxido Orange does not affect the ability to drive or use machines. 
  • Laxido Orange contains 0.68mmol (26mg) potassium per sachet. This should be taken into consideration if you take more than one sachet daily and you have reduced kidney function, or if you are on a controlled potassium diet. 
  • Laxido Orange contains 187mg sodium in each sachet. This is equivalent to approximately 9% of the recommended maximum daily dietary intake of sodium for an adult. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you need three or more sachets daily for a prolonged period, especially if you have been advised to follow a low sodium diet.

Delivery & Shipping Information

Please note that due to the current situation with COVID-19, Royal Mail are experiencing some delays. This may mean that your order takes longer to arrive than you would normally expect. We are working hard to ensure that, where possible, all orders placed before 15:00 are still dispatched the same working day.


UK Orders

We offer FREE standard tracked delivery on orders over £40.

The following delivery options are available:

  • Standard Tracked Delivery - 2 - 3 day delivery - £2.95
  • Express Tracked Delivery - 1 - 2 day delivery - £4.45
  • DPD Next Day - 1 - 2 working days - £6.95
  • Special Delivery (Guaranteed before 21:00) - £8.95
  • Saturday Guaranteed before 21:00 - £10.45

Important Delivery Information

All our orders are sent out using Royal Mail (unless stated). We always aim to dispatch all Royal Mail & DPD orders received before 15:00 the same working day. Any orders received after 15:00 or over the weekend will be dispatched the next working day. Orders will not be dispatched on weekends or bank holidays.

All orders are subject to approval by our team of doctors and pharmacists. Your delivery date in the checkout is subject to your consultation being approved by our healthcare team.

All orders can be fully tracked from your dispatch email, in your online account and from any notifications from your courier.

We ensure all parcels are in plain packaging for discreet delivery of your medicines and pharmacy goods. Where possible, we will attempt to size all parcels to fit through your letterbox in tamper-proof packaging. By placing an order on our website, you confirm that it is safe and appropriate for a package containing medicines to be posted through your letterbox, if the carrier is able to do so. You should notify our customer support team if it is not safe for the package to be posted through the letterbox, for example due to animals or small children.

Deliveries containing pharmacy-only or prescription medicines may require a signature on receipt. 

Delivery is free for all NHS prescriptions.


Royal Mail


  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • Four-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with Royal Mail
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local Post Office or Royal Mail Customer Service Point.

Royal Mail are the most widely recognised mail delivery company in the UK. Being on the UK’s 29 million doorsteps six days a week means they offer unparalleled price and convenience. The Independent Pharmacy uses Royal Mail’s Tracked 48, Tracked 24, and Special Delivery Guaranteed parcel services to offer reliable, fully-tracked delivery at very competitive prices. Your Royal Mail parcel will arrive with your normal daily delivery of post.

Please note: Royal Mail do not deliver on Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

If you are not home to accept your delivery, a card should be left by the Royal Mail representative. This card will provide details of where you can collect the order or how to arrange re-delivery.

Should you be unable to collect your missed delivery or arrange for your medication to be redelivered by Royal Mail, the pharmacy can resend your medication to the same, or a different address provided it has been returned to us and this happens within a 30 day window.

Once a package has been shipped with Royal Mail we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.




  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • One-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with DPD
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local collection point.

DPD Local is the most innovative parcel carrier around. Thanks to their industry-leading Predict service, they provide parcel recipients with a one hour delivery window, notified by email, so you don't have to wait in all day. What's more, it enables receivers to watch the progress of their delivery on a real-time map, all the way down to a final 15 minute time-slot. 

As well as keeping customers informed at every stage of the journey, DPD believe in maximising choice and convenience. That's why DPD provide access to a suite of options both on the day of delivery and the night before, allowing customers to take delivery of their goods in a way that suits. If you wish to reschedule, you can:

  • Select an alternative delivery date
  • Opt for delivery to a nominated neighbour
  • Have the parcel left in a specified safe place
  • Collect the parcel from your local DPD Pickup Shop
  • Upgrade delivery to By 12

Please note: DPD do not deliver on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

Once a package has been shipped with DPD we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.


Forwarding houses

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.


BFPO Postcodes

Unfortunately we are unable to deliver medicines to BFPO postcodes.


Remote Areas

Please be aware that Royal Mail Guaranteed services are not available to all customers in the UK, especially those that live in remote postcodes. Royal Mail advise customers of the following:

We deliver by 17:30 the next working day in the following postcode areas:
AB30 - 39, 41 - 45, 51 - 56
GY9 Alderney (Channel Islands)
HS1, 3 - 9
IV21 - 28, 40 - 49, 51 - 56
KA27, 28
KW1 - 3, 5 - 15
KW16 Stromness Town only
PA20 (0&9)
PA28 - 38, 41 - 49, 76, 77
PH15, 17 - 26, 31 - 40, 49, 50


We deliver within two working days by 17:30 to the following postcodes areas:
GY1 Herm (Channel Islands)
GY9 Sark (Channel Islands)
PA60 - 75, 78
ZE2, 3


We deliver within three working days by 17:30 to the following postcode areas:
KW16 - non-Town
PH30, 41 - 44


Please note: This applies to our 'Special Delivery' and 'Saturday Guaranteed' services.


International Orders

We are currently unable to ship orders outside of the UK.

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.

Need to know more about Constipation?

Visit our advice area or contact our support team

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