Frequently Asked Questions
If you have questions about constipation, we have answers.
The challenges of constipation can be better managed by understanding the condition. We've provided answers to common questions to help you better understand some of the causes of occasional constipation and what RestoraLAX® does.
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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.
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, drugs for Parkinson's and heart conditions. Check with your doctor or pharmacist regarding how your medications might be affecting your digestive health.
It is a common condition.In fact, based on a study in 2001, 27% of Canadians reported suffering from constipation in the previous three months1.1Paré P et al. An Epidemiological Survey of Constipation in Canada: Definitions, Rates, Demographics, and Predictors of Health Care Seeking. Am J Gastroenterol 2001; 96:3130-3137.
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.
Please contact your doctor. Do not take any type of laxative for more than one (1) week, unless recommended by a doctor.
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.
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RestoraLAX® (Polyethylene Glycol 3350) is an effective laxative that helps relieve you from occasional constipation without the side effects of gas, bloating or cramps. It works to increase the frequency of bowel movements and softens the stool.
RestoraLAX® (Polyethylene Glycol 3350) 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.
No. RestoraLAX® allows bowel movements to occur more normally and lets you feel relief from occasional constipation without the side effects of cramping, bloating or gas.
No prescription is required. RestoraLAX® is available over-the-counter in the pharmacy section.
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 has a white dose-measure (17 grams) built into the cap. Single-dose packets of RestoraLAX® are also available.
Do not take any type of laxative for more than one week unless recommended by a doctor.
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 RestroaLAX®.