macrogol 3350/sodium chloride/sodium bicarbonate/potassium chloride
Consumer Medicine Information
What is in this leaflet
This leaflet answers some common questions about MOLAXOLE. It does not contain all
the available information. It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or
The information in this leaflet was last updated on the date listed on the final page.
More recent information on the medicine may be available. You should ensure that you
speak to your pharmacist or doctor to obtain the most up to date information on the
If you have any concerns about taking this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep this leaflet with the medicine.
You may need to read it again.
What MOLAXOLE is used for
MOLAXOLE helps you to have a comfortable bowel movement even if you have been constipated
for a long time.
MOLAXOLE also works in very bad constipation (called faecal impaction), as determined
by your doctor.
Macrogol 3350 increases the volume of faeces by binding water leading to a normalisation
of motility in the colon. The physiological consequences are an increased movement
of the softened stools and easing of defaecation. The salts in the formulation help
maintain the body's normal salt and water balance.
This medicine is available without a doctor’s prescription. However, you still need
to take MOLAXOLE carefully to get the best results from it.
Before you take MOLAXOLE
When you must not take it
Do not take MOLAXOLE if you have an allergy to any of the ingredients listed at the
end of this leaflet.
Do not give this medicine to a child under the age of 12 years.
Do not take MOLAXOLE if your doctor has told you that you have:
An obstruction in your intestine (gut)
A perforated gut wall
Severe inflammatory bowel disease like ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease or toxic
Paralysis of the bowel
Do not take MOLAXOLE after the expiry date printed on the pack. If you use this medicine
after the expiry date has passed, it may not work as well.
Do not take MOLAXOLE if the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering.
If you are not sure whether you should start taking MOLAXOLE, consult your doctor
Before you start to take it
Tell your doctor if you have allergies to any other medicines, foods, preservatives
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, or
are breastfeeding. Your doctor or pharmacist will discuss the possible risks and benefits
of taking MOLAXOLE during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
If you have not told your doctor or pharmacist about any of the above, tell them before
you start taking MOLAXOLE.
Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including any
that you can get without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket or health
Laxative products such as MOLAXOLE have the potential to interact with other medicines
by altering their absorption. Some medicine, e.g. anti-epileptics, may not work as
effectively during use with MOLAXOLE. It may be necessary to closely monitor your
medications when you commence or cease taking MOLAXOLE regularly. It is important
that you discuss this with your pharmacist or doctor.
Your doctor and pharmacist have more information on medicines to be careful with or
avoid while taking this medicine.
How to take MOLAXOLE
Follow all directions given to you by your doctor or pharmacist carefully.
They may differ from the information contained in this leaflet.
If you do not understand the instructions on the box, ask your doctor or pharmacist
How much to take
Dosage in adults and children over 12 years of age:
The recommended dose of MOLAXOLE is 1 sachet a day. This may be increased up to 3
sachets daily if necessary.
Faecal impaction as diagnosed by a doctor
The dose is 8 sachets a day taken within 6 hours. You may need to take this dose for
up to 3 days.
Patients with impaired cardiovascular function:
If you have a heart condition, do not take more than 2 sachets in any one hour.
Patients with renal insufficiency:
No dosage change is necessary for treatment of either constipation or faecal impaction.
Do not exceed the recommended dose.
If you are not sure of the correct dose or how to use this medicine, ask your pharmacist
How to take it
Mix the contents of 1 sachet with a 1/2 glass of water (about 125 mL). Stir well until
all the powder has dissolved and drink it. If you like, you can add fruit juice or
fruit syrup immediately before drinking.
If you are taking MOLAXOLE for the treatment of faecal impaction, you can mix 8 sachets
in 1 litre of water. The solution can then be stored in the fridge.
Drink plenty of water and increase fibre in diet except in cases of medication-induced
How long to take it
Continue taking your medicine for as long as your doctor tells you.
If you forget to take it
If you miss a dose, take MOLAXOLE when the next dose is due. Do not take a double
dose to make up for the dose that you missed.
If you are not sure what to do, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
If you have trouble remembering to take your medicine, ask your pharmacist for some
If you take too much (overdose)
If you take too much MOLAXOLE and get bad diarrhoea, stop taking MOLAXOLE until it
clears. If constipation recurs, you should check with your doctor or pharmacist. If
you are worried, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
While you are taking MOLAXOLE
Things you must do
If you are about to be started on any new medicine, remind your doctor and pharmacist
that you are taking MOLAXOLE.
Tell any other doctors, dentists, and pharmacists who treat you that you are using
If you become pregnant while you are using this medicine, tell your doctor. Your doctor
can discuss with you the risks of using it while you are pregnant.
Things to be careful of
Prolonged use of laxatives is undesirable and may lead to dependence. If symptoms
persist, seek medical advice.
All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time
they are not. You may not experience any of them.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice any of the following and they worry you:
Stomach ache or rumbles
Diarrhoea (especially when starting to take MOLAXOLE)
Stop taking MOLAXOLE and tell your doctor if you experience any of the following:
Feeling very thirsty with a headache
After using MOLAXOLE
Keep MOLAXOLE in a cool dry place where the temperature stays below 25°C. Store in
the original package in order to protect from moisture.
Once you have made up MOLAXOLE in water, cover it well and store in the fridge (2°C
to 8°C). Do not freeze. Throw away any solution not used within a 6 hour period.
Keep it where young children cannot reach it.
Each 13.8 g sachet of MOLAXOLE contains:
macrogol 3350 13.125 g
sodium chloride 350.7 mg
sodium bicarbonate 178.5 mg
potassium chloride 46.6 mg
When it is made into a drink with 125 mL water, each sachet gives the equivalent of:
sodium 65 mmol/L
chloride 53 mmol/L
bicarbonate 17 mmol/L
potassium 5.4 mmol/L
Each MOLAXOLE sachet contains 26 mg of potassium and 187 mg of sodium.
MOLAXOLE also contains lemon flavour and acesulfame potassium as a sweetener.
There are 2, 6, 8, 10, 20 or 30 sachets in a box*. Each sachet contains 13.8 g of
MOLAXOLE powder. You add the powder to water to make a drink.
Viatris Pty Ltd
Level 1, 30 The Bond
30-34 Hickson Road
Millers Point NSW 2000
Phone: 1800 274 276
MOLAXOLE is supplied in New Zealand by:
PO Box 11-183
Telephone: 0800 168 169
This leaflet was prepared in July 2022.
Australian registration number:
AUST R 213018
*Not all pack sizes are marketed.
MOLAXOLE® is a Viatris company trade mark