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Last reviewed: 04.09.2021

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Enterolax - a medicine that is used to treat various gastroenterological diseases, is a powerful laxative.

Its main active ingredient is the substance Na picosulfate. This component has a pronounced laxative activity, is a member of the triarylmethane group.[1]

Among the elements that are included in the composition of the drug as additional: povidone with lactose, Mg stearate, and starch.

Indications Enterolax

It is used for therapy for constipation and other conditions when the patient needs to facilitate the process of defecation.

Release form

The release of the drug is made in the form of tablets - 10 pieces inside the contour pack; inside the box contains 1 or 3 such packs.


Metabolic processes that develop after the drug enters the colon cause a slowdown in the absorption of fluids; in addition, the secretion of electrolytes and the volume of water produced increase.

As a result, the fecal masses inside the intestines soften and increase in volume, which further stimulates intestinal peristalsis.


Na picosulfate is not absorbed inside the digestive system and does not participate in the circulation processes inside the liver and intestines.

The active metabolic product, bis- (p-hydroxyphenyl) -pyridyl-2-methane, is formed by bacterial breakdown within the large intestine. The effect of Enterolax often begins after 6-12 hours from the moment of using the drug (taking into account the rate of release of the active decay product).

When taken orally, only a small amount of the drug is registered inside the systems and organs. The laxative activity of the drug does not correlate with the plasma parameters of the active metabolic element.

Use Enterolax during pregnancy

Enterolax can be used during pregnancy only if there are vital indications.

If you need to take medication during hepatitis B, you need to temporarily stop breastfeeding.


The main contraindications:

  • severe intolerance to the active drug element or excipients;
  • blockage of the intestines;
  • intestinal obstruction;
  • severe dehydration;
  • active forms of gastrointestinal lesions, including appendicitis;
  • severe abdominal pain along with vomiting and nausea.

Combination with adrenocorticosteroids and diuretics may increase the likelihood of electrolyte imbalance.

It is forbidden to combine with antibiotics, as they can reduce the laxative effect.

Side effects Enterolax

Basically, the drug is tolerated without complications. Possible side symptoms include:

  • signs of intolerance, including Quincke's edema;
  • urticaria of an allergic nature, rashes and itching;
  • diarrhea, abdominal cramps, bloating;
  • discomfort inside the digestive tract.

Dosing and administration

The medication is taken internally, it is recommended to take a portion in the evening. The tablet should be swallowed whole and washed down with water.

An adult should take 1 tablet of Enterolax once a day. The development of laxative activity begins after 10-12 hours from the moment of taking drugs.

Children can use the medicine exclusively for medical purposes.

Like other laxatives, this medication should not be used systemically if the cause of constipation has not been diagnosed; the duration of his admission is limited. With prolonged use, a disorder of salt and water balance inside the body, as well as a deficiency of potassium, can develop.

  • Application for children

It is forbidden to appoint children under 4 years of age.


In case of intoxication, intestinal cramps, diarrhea, severe liquefaction of fecal masses, chronic diarrhea, and clinically significant loss of potassium and electrolytes develop.

Symptomatic measures are carried out - gastric lavage, induction of vomiting, ensuring the supply of a sufficient volume of fluid, as well as the use of antispasmodics, enterosorbents and astringents.

Interactions with other drugs

The use together with GCS and diuretics increases the likelihood of violations of the EBV indicator (for example, the development of hypokalemia).

When used with Enterolax, the tolerance of FH may worsen.

Antibiotics with a wide range of influence are able to reduce the laxative effect of Na picosulfate.

Storage conditions

Enterolax must be kept at a temperature of no more than 25 ° C.

Shelf life

Enterolax can be used for a 3-year term from the date of manufacture of the drug.


The analogs of drugs are the substances Pikonorm, Pikolax and Pikosen with Agiolax Pico, and in addition, Pikolux, Guttalax, Pikoprep with Laxigal and Citraflit.


To simplify the perception of information, this instruction for use of the drug "Enterolax" translated and presented in a special form on the basis of the official instructions for medical use of the drug. Before use read the annotation that came directly to medicines.

Description provided for informational purposes and is not a guide to self-healing. The need for this drug, the purpose of the treatment regimen, methods and dose of the drug is determined solely by the attending physician. Self-medication is dangerous for your health.

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