Frequently Asked Questions
What is constipation?
Constipation, or irregularity, occurs when a person’s bowel movements become difficult or when they occur less frequently than the person is used to. Constipation may occur when stool moves slowly through the colon, which could allow too much water to be removed. This can make the stool hard, dry and difficult to pass. Normal stools are soft and formed, and passed without straining.
You may experience additional symptoms beyond difficulty with bowel movements, such as abdominal discomfort, gas, bloating, and even fatigue, achiness or irritability.
What can I do to help prevent constipation?
The good news is there are plenty of ways to help prevent constipation. Adding high-fibre foods, including oats, wheat bran and brown rice, to your diet can help. Natural fibre is also found in apples, apricots, blackberries, prunes, raw carrots, kale and peas. Staying active and exercising to your ability can help keep things moving along. Make sure to consult a doctor before starting a new exercise regimen. And the easiest tip: Drink plenty of water and other liquids.
What causes constipation?
Some common causes of constipation can include lack of exercise, diet, stress, travel or any other changes in your daily routine.
Sometimes constipation can just be caused by a slower digestive system. It is also easy to resist the urge to go to the bathroom, especially when things get busy. The unfortunate result: postponing a bowel movement may actually contribute to irregularity.
Some medical conditions and various medications can contribute to constipation. Some common types of medications could include: pain medications, antacids that contain aluminum or calcium, antispasmodic drugs, antidepressants, supplements containing iron or calcium, anticonvulsants for epilepsy, and drugs for Parkinson's and heart conditions. Check with your doctor or pharmacist regarding how your medications might be affecting your digestive health.
What if constipation or changes in my bowel movements persist?
Please contact your doctor. Do not take any type of laxative for more than one (1) week, unless recommended by a doctor.
How often do most people have a bowel movement?
There is a wide range of "normal" when it comes to bowel movements. Everyone's normal is different. The average person can go anywhere from three times a day to three times a week. It is important to know what is normal for you, so you can recognize when you are experiencing constipation.
What is RestoraLAX®?
RestoraLAX® (Polyethylene Glycol 3350) is an effective laxative that helps relieve you from occasional constipation without the side effects of gas, bloating, cramps or sudden urgency. It works by drawing water to the stool, helping to soften and to increase the frequency of bowel movements.
How does RestoraLAX® work?
RestoraLAX® relieves occasional constipation by retaining water in the bowel to hydrate, soften stools and increase the frequency of bowel movements to help restore your body's natural rhythm.
Does RestoraLAX® cause cramps or gas?
RestoraLAX® works to restore your body’s natural rhythm. It allows bowel movements to occur more normally and lets you feel relief from occasional constipation without the side effects of cramping, bloating or gas.
How do I take RestoraLAX®?
RestoraLAX® is taken once daily. The taste-free and grit-free powder dissolves easily and completely when stirred into 8 oz/250 mL of water or any other non-alcoholic beverage, hot or cold. Each bottle top has a measuring cap, marked to contain 17 grams of powder when filled to the indicated line (white section in cap). Single-dose packets of RestoraLAX® are also available. Ensure that the powder is fully dissolved before drinking. Do not drink if there are any clumps.
Do not take any type of laxative for more than one week unless recommended by a doctor.
What time of day should I take RestoraLAX®?
There is no recommended time of day to take RestoraLAX®. RestoraLAX® should not be taken within 2 hours of another medicine as the desired effect of the other medicine may be reduced.
Can both adult men and women use RestoraLAX®?
Yes. RestoraLAX® can be taken by both adult (>18 years) men and women.
Is the MiraLAX ® brand sold in the USA the same as RestoraLAX ® sold in Canada?
MiraLAX® contains the same molecule, PEG 3350, as RestoraLAX® in Canada. RestoraLAX® is recommended by doctors as an effective way to treat constipation.*
*RestoraLAX® relieves occasional constipation, without the side effects of gas, bloating or cramps. It works to soften the stool and increase the frequency of bowel movements.
*Use as directed.
Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions about RestoraLAX®.
How long does it take RestoraLAX ® to work?
RestoraLAX® works to gently relieve constipation. Most people will experience a bowel movement in as early as 24 hours and up to 72 hours.
How much RestoraLAX® should I take?
The indicated dose is 17g. To take RestoraLAX®, use the bottle top, as it is a measuring cap. Fill the measuring cap to the top of the white section, which is marked to indicate the correct dose (17g). Adults (>18 years): Take one dose (17g) daily. Stir and dissolve in 8 ounces (250 mL) of beverage (cold, hot or room temperature) and then drink. RestoraLAX® dissolves easily and completely in everyday beverages like water, juice, coffee or tea. Do not take more than directed, unless advised by a doctor. Ensure that the powder is fully dissolved before drinking. Do not drink if there are any clumps. For the RestoraLAX® Mix-in Pax, each packet comes premeasured with 17g doses.
Can you use RestoraLAX® every day?
You can use RestoraLAX® for up to seven days. Do not take any type of laxative for more than one (1) week, unless recommended by a doctor. Overuse or extended use of any laxative may cause dependence for bowel function.
Can I take RestoraLAX® while I’m pregnant?
Please ask your healthcare professional before use if you are pregnant or nursing.
Can I give RestoraLAX® to kids?
The safety and efficacy of RestoraLAX® for use in children under 18 years of age have not been established. Do not use in children (18 years of age or under), unless advised by a doctor.
Where can I buy RestoraLAX®?
What is RestoraFIBRE® and how does it work?
RestoraFIBRE® has the soluble fibre called inulin, which is both a prebiotic and a fibre. It helps encourage growth of healthy bacteria. When fed well, these bacteria help to maintain a healthy gut and support a healthy digestive system.
Do I need a prescription for RestoraFIBRE®?
How many RestoraFIBRE® gummies should I take?
While fruits, vegetables and whole grains are good sources of naturally occurring fibre, taking two RestoraFIBRE® Gummies twice daily will help you get additional fibre you may need.
Can both adult men and women use RestoraFIBRE®?
Does RestoraFIBRE® have side effects?
Some common side effects include mild gastrointestinal discomfort such as gas, bloating or cramps. Hypersensitivity has been known to occur. If symptoms worsen, consult a health care practitioner.
Is RestoraFIBRE® halal?
No, it is not halal.
Is RestoraFIBRE® considered vegan?
No, it is not vegan.
Is RestoraFIBRE® considered vegetarian?
Is RestoraFIBRE® kosher?
No, it is not kosher.
Does RestoraFIBRE® contain animal-derived ingredients?
Yes, gelatin and beeswax are listed as non-medicinal ingredients as per the RestoraFIBRE® product label.