What is considered a 'normal' bowel function for an adult?

Normal bowel functions vary widely between different people. Not everyone has a bowel motion every day; 'normal' can range from up to three times per day to three times per week. It is the change from this normal pattern that is important.

Is constipation a disease?

No. Constipation is a symptom with many causes. These include diet and fluid intake, lack of exercise, medications taken, hormonal changes and many other causes. Some cases of constipation may be due to more serious problems so if you experience severe or recurrent constipation, it is important to see your doctor.

Is constipation always associated with low fibre intake?

No. The general consensus amongst medical professionals is to begin therapy by increasing fibre and fluid intake if the existing diet is considered inadequate. There are however many other causes such as medications, pregnancy, reduced physical activity, changes in a person's routine or ignoring the urge to go to the toilet which can all have an impact on the functioning of the bowel.

When should I see my doctor?

Sometimes constipation is a symptom of a more serious condition. Check with your doctor if you have recurrent or severe cases of constipation or if bowel motions are blood-stained or black and tar-like, bowel habits change frequently from constipation to diarrhoea, if motions become painful to pass, or you are unwell experiencing fever, headache, vomiting and recent weight-loss.

Where can I purchase Coloxyl?

You can find the full range of Coloxyl products at your pharmacy.

Will I suddenly have an urgent need to rush to the toilet after taking Coloxyl?

Coloxyl contains a stool softener that works gently to soften the stools making them easier to pass. Because this happens gradually over 1 to 3 days, it should not generally result in an urgent rush to the toilet. Coloxyl with senna works faster in 6-12 hours. Therefore, the recommendation is to take it at night so that you are ready to go to the toilet by the morning.

Can Coloxyl be taken during pregnancy?

Check with your doctor or pharmacist first before taking Coloxyl if you are pregnant. A doctor or pharmacist will assess the benefits of Coloxyl against the possible effects on your child.

Can Coloxyl be taken if I am breastfeeding?

Check with your doctor or pharmacist first before taking Coloxyl if you are breastfeeding. A doctor or pharmacist will assess the benefits of Coloxyl against the possible effects on your child.

Where is Coloxyl manufactured?

Coloxyl is manufactured in Australia. It is Australia's number 1 constipation treatment that has been providing gentle, effective relief from constipation for over 40 years.1