Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

MICROLAX® Enema

MICROLAX® Enema

  • How do I use MICROLAX® Enema?

    MICROLAX® Enema is easy to use in a squatting position or in your usual position on the toilet. Twist and pull off the cap and press a drop of MICROLAX® Enema out to coat the tip of the mini-tube. This makes insertion easier and not unpleasant. Now insert the tube neck completely into the rectum. This is easy and gentle as the mini-tube is smooth, round and thin, significantly thinner than a suppository. Now squeeze out the entire contents. There is only 5 ml, equivalent to 1 teaspoon, so you should not feel it at all. When pulling the tube out, continue to squeeze the tube. Then get up and tighten your buttocks muscles to prevent the solution from running out.

    It is important that you wait at least 5 minutes until your next toilet visit, allowing your stool to soften. You should have a gentle bowel movement within 30 minutes. After use just throw the mini-tube in the bin.

  • What can I do if there is no bowel movement after 30 minutes?

    Everybody’s digestive system is different. There can be a delay in some cases before the product takes effect so you should always wait for up to an hour. If nothing has happened after this time, you can use a second tube of MICROLAX® Enema. If you still obtain no relief from constipation after using a second mini-enema, please consult a doctor, who will be able to determine the cause of the constipation and prescribe the best possible alternative treatment.

  • Can I use MICROLAX® Enema every day?

    MICROLAX® Enema has a low risk of habituation so it can be used every day for a short period. However, it is not intended for long-term use. If you are constipated every day over a period of time, consult a doctor who will investigate the causes and propose the best possible alternative treatment.

  • Are interactions with other medication likely?

    There have been no reports of interactions with other medication.

  • Can MICROLAX® Enema lead to habituation?

    MICROLAX® Enema acts where it is needed, i.e. in the rectum. The mini-enema has a gel-like consistency and acts locally and physically and has no effect on intestinal activity, so there is low risk of bowel dependence.

  • How does MICROLAX® Enema act?

    The 5 ml mini-tube is easy to use hygienically and discreetly and takes effect quickly in the rectum. The active substances sodium citrate, sodium lauryl sulfoacetate and sorbitol release the water compounded in the stool, thus loosening the stool. Predictable relief is obtained within 30 minutes. The mini-enema acts locally and physically and has no effect on intestinal activity. There is low a potential for habituation or dependence.

  • Can I use MICROLAX® Enema even if I have chronic constipation?

    MICROLAX® Enema is not intended for chronic constipation. Please always consult a doctor if constipation persists.

  • Does MICROLAX® Enema always work?

    MICROLAX® Enema takes effect if there is a stool ball in the rectum which can be loosened. If you are fasting, dieting or reducing your food intake, it may take several days for the rectum to fill and for MICROLAX® Enema take effect.

MICROLAX® Enema for babies and children

MICROLAX® Enema for babies and children

  • What is the best way to use the right dose of MICROLAX® Enema?

    Squeeze some gel out of the tube and insert half the length of the neck of the tube into the rectum. The best way to apply the gel-like contents of the mini-tube is to squeeze it out from the end.

  • What do I need to be aware of when using it for my child?

    It is really easy to use MICROLAX® Enema gently for children under 3 years when they are in position for nappy changing. Insert only half the length of the neck of the tube (up to the mark) into the rectum and squeeze out only half the contents. After using MICROLAX® Enema, bring the child’s legs together and press them gently onto the changing pad. This will stop the solution leaking out. Simply dispose of the mini-tube after use.

  • What should I do if there is no effect after 30 minutes?

    Please wait for up to an hour. If there is still no effect, you can use a second tube. Depending on the age of the child, make sure that you only use half the contents when using the second tube. If the constipation persists, please consult a doctor.

  • From what age can I give my child the whole tube?

    It is not recommended to use a whole tube for a child younger than 3. Please only use half the tube for younger children.

  • From what age I can use MICROLAX® Enema for my baby?

    You can use MICROLAX® Enema for infants without any age restrictions.

  • How often can I give my child MICROLAX® Enema?

    Even though MICROLAX® Enema is a gentle acting remedy, if constipation persists over a period of time you should always consult a doctor.

  • Is MICROLAX® Enema reimbursable?

    Yes, MICROLAX® Enema pack sizes of 4 and 12 are available on prescription.
    Note: MICROLAX® Enema is also available without prescription from your pharmacy.

MICROLAX® Enema in pregnancy and lactation

MICROLAX® Enema in pregnancy and lactation

  • If I use MICROLAX® Enema while I am pregnant, will it harm my unborn child?

    Locally acting mini-enemas like MICROLAX® Enema only take effect in the rectum. The active substances are not absorbed by the body, so MICROLAX® Enema can be used in pregnancy and lactation. Consult a doctor before the first use of MICROLAX® Enema if pregnant or breastfeeding.

  • Could the use of MICROLAX® cause me to go into labour too soon?

    There is no connection between the rectum and the onset of labour. Consult a doctor before the first use of MICROLAX® Enema if pregnant or breastfeeding.

  • Can I use MICROLAX® Enema when I am breastfeeding?

    MICROLAX® Enema can be used when you are breastfeeding because the active substances are not absorbed by the body and so cannot enter your breast milk. Consult a doctor before the first use of MICROLAX® Enema if pregnant or breastfeeding.

MICROLAX® Oral Liquid

MICROLAX® Oral Liquid

  • How do I use MICROLAX® Oral Liquid?

    Shake well before use and take with plenty of water.
    Children 3-6 years: Take 10-15mL once daily at night
    Adults and children over 6 years: Take 15-30mL once daily at night

  • How long can I take MICROLAX® Oral Liquid?

    This depends on what type of constipation you have. Most people only need to take a laxative for a short time to get over a bout of constipation. MICROLAX® Oral Liquid can be taken for up to two weeks. If you still have constipation, seek advice from your doctor.

  • How does MICROLAX® Oral Liquid work?

    Microlax® Oral Liquid contains paraffin liquid. It works by softening and lubricating the stools. This helps the stool to move more easily through the bowel to relive constipation. Because Microlax® Oral Liquid does not contain a bowel stimulate, it may take up to three days to work.

  • What do I need to be aware of when using MICROLAX® Oral Liquid for myself or my child?

    It is easy to use Microlax® Oral Liquid in both adults and children. However, if you or your child have difficulty swallowing, do not use Microlax® Oral Liquid. Microlax® Oral Liquid contains paraffin liquid. If paraffin is inhaled into the lungs, it can cause serious respiratory problems. Do not use Microlax® Oral Liquid in children under three years of age.

  • Can I use MICROLAX® Oral Liquid while I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    As indicated on the product label, it is advised to ask your doctor before use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

MICROLAX® on constipation in general

MICROLAX® on constipation in general

  • How often should you have a bowel movement?

    Everyone has their own rhythm of digestion, depending on age and diet, and therefore their own personal understanding of “normal” digestion. What counts in each case is your own personal well-being. Doctors speak of constipation if evacuation occurs less than three times a week.

  • What is understood by constipation?

    Though there is a medical definition, everyone has their own personal understanding of what they mean by constipation. If you are used to passing a stool every day, for example, if you go just a day without an evacuation, you may well feel unpleasantly constipated. Older people and women generally suffer more frequently from the symptoms of constipation. Doctors speak of constipation if evacuation occurs less than three times a week.

  • Why do older people suffer more often from constipation than younger people?

    Constipation is not an illness but a symptom. As we age, peristalsis in the intestines may weaken, which will result in stools remaining in the intestine for longer, increasing the probability that more fluid will be extracted from it and causing it to harden.