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Constipation is no laughing matter, in fact it's a pain in the bloomin' you know what - quite literally! As someone who unfortunately experiences this ailment quite regularly I do feel qualified to talk about such delicate matters and so I will give you an honest review of the item that is ex-lax chocolate laxatives. I'm probably the worst person ever when it comes to swallowing tablets so thankfully these are an alternative that I can just about stomach, the laxatives come in different sized packs, and I have seen 24 and 48 piece varieties. Each bar of 12 segments comes wrapped in a little packaging of foil, once you've opened that you are met with what looks like a miniature bar of chocolate - but don't be fooled by its innocent appearance, should you eat more than 2 of the pieces you will surely know about it and I sincerely hope that you don't find this out in a public place or you'll be dashing through the streets in a frantic search for the nearest public toilet. It's very important that you don't take more than the recommended dose of these, I came a cropper once and took too much...let's just say it's a scenario that I never want to repeat again.
The pieces are miniscule and do smell vaguely chocolatey, once you've popped them into your mouth you'll be met with a taste that for some reason reminds me of chocolate raisins and as I'm not fond of these wrinkly old fruits it's not a flavour I particularly relish and I always make sure to wash it down with a drink afterwards. These are best taken at night before you go to bed, the idea being that in the morning you can simply go to the toilet and evacuate your build up; thus clearing your poor old bowel in the process. These laxatives work well and if you only take 1 or 2 pieces your constipation should be eased gently by the next morning, when I first started taking them I did experience a bit of stomach ache at first but this passed as soon as I'd erm...gotten rid of my load.
A bog standard (no pun intended there, honestly) 24 pack will set you back around £3-£4 depending where you get them from; they are quite a common product and can be purchased from most pharmacies and major supermarkets, alternatively if you don't want the slightly awkward experience of having to scuttle over to a till with a box of these in your hand, blushing like like a beetroot and muttering "they're not for me!" before handing them over to the amused cashier then you could always order them online from a website like amazon to spare any unnecessary embarrassment. As they do taste of chocolate I can't stress enough how you need to keep them out of reach of children and pets, our pooch polished off a few squares of these when he snaffled them from the kitchen counter and we were expecting a torrent of diarrhea and a potentially very ill doggy, thankfully the old boy had a cast iron stomach and suffered no ill effects whatsoever but obviously this is no guarantee and it's better to be safe than sorry.
Overall a product that works gently on the bowel and is great if you can't be doing with swallowing tablets or taking liquid figs or whatever that ghastly syrup is concocted from. For long term constipation it's better to see your doctor (as I have done) but for occasional use this does the job fine.
Over many years I have suffered from quite bad constipation. I try to eat healthy but do not always manage to succeed and as a result I get bunged up every now and again and it takes a good dose of laxative to shift it. Once I have managed however, I always feel a lot better. The more gentle laxatives have little or no effect on me and I have to take something extra strong. That is when I discovered the delights of Ex Lax Maximum Strength.
I like this because it reminds me of chocolate squares and I rarely associate it with a laxative. Also, if friends or colleagues see me in the office popping it into my mouth, they are often fooled into thinking I am just eating a bit of chocolate and not taking something to help me have a bowel movement. The best time to take these, however, is at night before I go to bed. On the odd occasion I have been tempted to take it whilst at work, I have suffered the consequences (as have my colleagues). If I take it before bed, I usually find I can have a good sized movement the following morning so I can leave for work feeling like my bowel is clean and it makes me feel less sluggish.
I buy a box of this from Boots and it tastes and looks like chocolate squares. I simply take just one tablet before bed for excellent results. So long as you are over nine years of age, then this dosage will suit you just fine. The laxative is made from purified senna extract so it acts naturally on the bowel and doesn't take you by surprise. I pay in the region of £3.18 for a box of 18 laxative squares. I have taken a milder form of Ex Lax before but the maximum strength ones are the best as I think they must contain more purified senna.
What I like about this laxative is that it is gentle on my stomach and although it is mild and works slowly, it is still very effective and good at clearing me out where other laxatives have just failed to do a decent job. This makes the bowels looser rather than runny like water and this makes for a much more pleasant bowel movement. Also, when I have taken this I feel that one bowel movement is enough. With some laxatives I think I can feel the need to continue to defecate throughout the following day. This is not the way Ex Lax works, fortunately, it is milder and gentle but the effects are still good.
Overall, an impressive product and one I recommend.
What Ex-Lax is NOT telling you: In 1999, they changed the main ingredient to senna because the old main ingredient caused cancer. However, this new senna causes severe chemical burns. And because of this "great chocolate flavor" children are very attracted to Ex-Lax. My 1 year-old son got a hold of my Ex-Lax, ate 3 or 4 pieces. I figured I would have to let nature run it's course(as what Poison Control also told me), however, after I put him to bed he had a bowel movement during the night(he was still in a diaper) and when I went to change him he had severe blisters and sloughing of his skin where the stool had laid on his butt. The chemical senna in the Ex-lax caused severe burns to his butt and he had to be admitted to the burn center at the hospital and was diagnosed with 1st and 2nd degree burns. This usually doesn't happen to adults because they wipe after using the bathroom. But most people think Ex-Lax is so safe. It's extremely DANGEROUS! Parents-BE AWARE-EX-LAX is very dangerous and as you already know children are very attracted to chocolate of any kind! Don't buy Ex-Lax and if you do lock it up!! But also for everyone else just imagine what this chemical is doing to the inside of your stomach, intestines and colon(burning it like pure acid)and may be even worse. The Novartis Company is well-aware of this reaction and still will not label this reaction on their box or warning. Novartis Company has admitted of reports of many other similar incidents, but still will not give a warning-you will not find this side effect anywhere on their website either. They do not want their product off the market. Money is the root of all evil. Why would anyone trust this brand?
I have to admit I am pretty bad when it comes to making sure I've drunk enough fluids during the day, and as a big fan of meat, from time to time my digestive system gets a little annoyed at me and refuses to work.
At such times, I often can get things working by drinking plenty of water for a day and things get going again, however there are times when more is needed.
On these rare occasions I turn to laxatives. I have tried all sorts of different types and have found that they can be very different.
This Ex-lax comes in the form of bars rather than the more tradtional tablets or liquid forms that most laxatives take. The bars are divided into small squares like chocolate bars (a dose is 2 of the small squares). They are in fact also chocolate favoured and quite chocolately in texture too. My assumption is that this is to counter the often bitter flavour of laxatives. It is very easy to chew and in fact is like a nice fairly dark chocolate.
I do have concerns that if children were to find the bars they would be unlikely to know what they were and could quite easily eat a whole bar, which would be a massive dose and I'm sure bad for them.
As far as it's effectiveness goes, this is a very good laxative that will certainly get things moving and clear you out. As to it's claim of gentle relief...well, in my experience it was anything but gentle!!! I found that this caused my quite bad cramping in my stomach which caused quite a lot of discomfort. Also, the (how can I put this delicately)...evacuation process was rather forceful and violent.
If someone was to ask me if I would recommend ex-lax, I owuld have to say yes it's very effective but be prepared to say very near a toilet after you've taken it and it could well cause you some discomfort!!
The effect of Ex-lax while being very (very very) effective, is not as gentle or predictable as other laxatives I have used. It really is quite essential to be near a toilet after you have taken it. My rating reflects this.
Firstly I will start by saying that Ex Lax does exactly what it says on the box. '...for the relief of occasional constipation. A gentle laxative extracted from senna, which works overnight to help you body return to regularity'. It should be noted that the word occasional does mean only if your constipation occurs rarely, because you shouldn't really need to take one of these tablets every single day or on a regular basis. Ex Lax is a very natural method of controlling your bowel movement. Novartis Consumer Health are the makers of Ex Lax, and are a division which was set up in 1999. Novartis are the brains behind other medications such as Nicotinell (which is used to help smokers stop their craving), Savlon (a well known antiseptic cream), Tixylix (children's cough medicine), and VitalEyes (a range of eye care to help your eyes cope with everyday living). The address of Novartis Headquarters is: Novartis Consumer Health UK Ltd Wimblehurst Road Horsham West Sussex RH12 5AB Tel 01403 210211 Fax 01403 323939 The box is royal blue in colour and only about 6 inches by 6 inches in size, as well as being very thin. They can be purchased off of the shelf in many stores such as supermarkets and pharmacies. In my local Tesco's, they can be found near to the herbal remedy sections and multi-vitamins in tubs. Inside the box, there are two packages wrapped in a foil paper with the words Ex Lax stamped all over. In each package, there is twelve tablets and these are all joined together like a chocolate bar. You have to break them up (preferably through the wrapper, so that the tablet does not melt on warm hands). Last time I bought a packet in Tesco's, there were 24 in a box and they cost me £2.67. In other countries such as America, Ex Lax can be bought according to different strengths but over here in England there is only one regular strength on offer. They may be a
ble to be purchased in larger quantities because I think that previously I have seen a space for a 48 pack in the supermarket. The good thing about Ex Lax is that the taste is bearable. It tastes just like milk chocolate and if you didn?t know what you were taking, it could be confused with a miniature version of dairy milk. The tablets do have Ex Lax engraved on the top of them though, and are only about 4mm by 3mm in size. On the box, there is a clear best before date, which is normally about 3 or 4 years away. The tablets should be stores in a cool place and should not exceed room temperature, as they can easily melt (just like real chocolate). Adults are recommended to take one tablet just before bedtime, so that their body is back to normal by the next morning. Children aged six to twelve should only take half a tablet (they can easily be broken in two), because one whole tablet will be too strong for them. Ex Lax is not advisable for children under the age of six years old. Usually tablets are taken with water and simply swallowed, but with Ex Lax, it is essential that they are chewed just like a sweet. If taking any other laxatives or medicines, I would advise to check with a doctor before taking Ex Lax. Also, it should be noted that pregnant women or those who are breast-feeding must not take these tablets. I personally have never had any problems with using Ex Lax and find that the effects only last a few hours the next morning (so stay close by to a toilet, just to be on the safe side). It states on the box that each chocolate tablet contains the following: laxative ingredient, senna glycosides 60% USP 25mg (equivalent to 15mg sennosides) and sucrose. Senna and sennosides are stimulant laxatives, which guarantee to work. Remember that laxatives can be dangerous if in the wrong hands and the dosage should not be exceeded. This could lead to laxative abuse, which is seriously damaging
and may cause long term harm to the users body.
I feel that I should warn you before you to start to read this opinion that it is going to be basic, well given the subject matter it has to be really. So if things lavatorial offend you stop reading right now. OK you have been warned, so here goes. My problem is that I don't drink enough water on a regular basis. I remember some days and then forget on others so I end up getting constipated. I have never been someone who could set their watch by my toilet habits as some people seem to. I am more hit and miss so to speak sometimes going a few times a day sometimes not at all. If I don't go for a few days on the run (if you'll pardon the pun!) I start to feel really uncomfortable and that's when I turn to Ex Lax. Ex lax is a chocolate laxative made from purified senna extract. It also contains cocoa liquor, sucrose, cocoa butter, lecithin and vanillin, so it's 100% natural. Each box contains 18 little squares of quite pleasant tasting chocolate and I take one at night before I go to bed and the next day normal service is resumed if you see what I mean. The advertising on the box offers 'gentle, effective, overnight relief of constipation' and that is exactly what you get. For adults and children over nine years old the dose is one tablet at bedtime. For children between the ages of six and twelve years old the dose is just half a tablet at bedtime. Ex lax is not recommended for children under six years old. It is available in most supermarkets as well as over the counter in the chemist, and it costs about £3 a box (I think - it's been some time since I bought any!) There is also a warning on the box advising against the taking of laxatives on a regular basis and also advising anyone who is pregnant to check with their doctor before taking Ex Lax. I will add a warning of my own too - never, ever take laxatives as a way of loosing weight. T
his is an easy way to seriously damage your health! Ex Lax is distributed by Novartis Consumer Health of Horsham RH12 4AB, but it is manufactured in Puerto Rico by Ex Lax Inc of Humacao. So now you know! For those of you who suffer occasionally as I do I would have no hesitation in recommending Ex Lax as a natural, gentle and safe way of restoring regularity.
For gentle, dependable overnight relief of occasional constipation (irregularity).