Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to the most frequently asked questions about RestoraLAX®.

1What is constipation?

Bristol Stool Chart
Bristol stool chart showing seven categories of stool --Type 1

Type 1

Sepearate hard lumps, like nuts (hard to pass).

Bristol stool chart showing seven categories of stool -Type 2

Type 2

Sausage-shaped but lumpy.

Bristol stool chart showing seven categories of stool --Type 3

Type 3

Like a sausage but with cracks on its surface.

Bristol stool chart showing seven categories of stool --Type 4

Type 4

Like a sausage or snake, smooth and soft.

Bristol stool chart showing seven categories of stool -Type 5

Type 5

Soft blobs with clear-cut edges (passed easily).

Bristol stool chart showing seven categories of stool -Type 6

Type 6

Fluffy pieces with ragged edges, a mushy stool.

Bristol stool chart showing seven categories of stool --Type 7

Type 7

Watery, no solid pieces. Entirely liquid.

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.

Also, constipation is not just about not going, but also the quality of the stool. Hard, dry stools are difficult to pass. Normal stools are soft and formed, and are 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.

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2What causes constipation?

Some common causes of constipation can include lack of exercise, diet, stress, travel, or any other changes in your daily routine or it could be the result of a slower digestive system. Even resisting the urge to go to the bathroom (something we all do, especially when things get busy) can contribute to irregularity.

Some medical conditions and various medications can also 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.

3How common is constipation?

Although you may be one of the millions of Canadians uncomfortable with discussing constipation, the truth is it’s a very common gastrointestinal complaint. In fact, based on a study in 2001, 27% of Canadians reported suffering from constipation in the previous three months.1

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.

4What 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.

Even with a healthy lifestyle, you may still experience occasional constipation. If you do, RestoraLAX® might be right for you.

5What 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 your doctor.

6How often do most people have a bowel movement?

There is a wide range or “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.

7What is RestoraLAX®?

RestoraLAX® (Polyethylene Glycol 3350) is an effective laxative that helps relieve you from occasional constipation without the side effects of gas, bloating or cramps or sudden urgency. It works by drawing water to the stool helping to soften and to increase the frequency of bowel movements

8How 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.

9Does RestoraLAX® cause cramps or gas?

RestoraLAX® works to restore your body’s natural rhthym and allows bowel movements to occur more normally and lets you feel relief from occasional constipation without the side effects of cramping, bloating or gas.

10How 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.

11Can both adult men and women use RestoraLAX®?

Yes. RestoraLAX® can be taken by both adult (>18 years) men and women.

12Is 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®.

13How 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.

14How 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). Adult (>18 years): Take one dose (17 g) 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.

15Can 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.

16Can I take RestoraLAX® while I’m pregnant?

RestoraLAX® is not indicated for pregnancy, however, speak to your doctor to see if RestoraLAX® is right for you.

17Can 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.