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Brand & Generic Names

Agoral Extra Gentle Ex-Lax
Agoral Marshmallow Feen-A-Mint
Agoral Raspberry Feen-A-Mint Gum
Alophen Feen-A-Mint Pills
Caroid Laxative Kondremul with
Colax Phenolphthalein
Correctol Medilax
Dialose Plus Modane
Disolan Phenolax
Doxidan Phenolphthalein Petrogalar
Espotabs Phillips' Gelcaps
Evac-U-Gen Phillips' Laxicaps
Evac-U-Lax Trilax
Ex-Lax Pills
Ex-Lax Maximum Relief

Basic Information

  • Habit forming? No
  • Prescription needed? No
  • Available as generic? No
  • Drug class: Laxative (stimulant)


    Constipation relief.

Dosage & Usage Information

How to take:
Tablet or wafer--Swallow with liquid. If you can't swallow whole, chew or crumble and take with liquid or food.
Liquid--Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water each day, in addition to one taken with each dose.
Chewable tablets--Chew thoroughly before swallowing.

When to take:
Usually at bedtime with a snack, unless directed otherwise.

If you forget a dose:
Take as soon as you remember.

What drug does:
Acts on smooth muscles of intestine wall to cause vigorous bowel movement.

Time lapse before drug works:
6 to 10 hours.

Don't take with:
Any other medicine without consulting your doctor or pharmacist.
Don't take within 2 hours of taking another medicine. Laxative interferes with medicine absorption.


Vomiting, electrolyte depletion.


  • Dial O (operator) or 911 (emergency) for an ambulance or medical help. Then give first aid immediately.
  • See EMERGENCY information.

Possible Adverse Reactions or Side Effects


    In case of overdose, see Overdose section.


  • Rectal irritation.
  • Pink to orange urine.


  • Dangerous potassium loss (thirst, weakness, heartbeat irregularity, paralysis, and diarrhea).
  • Belching, cramps, nausea.


    Irritability, confusion, headache, rash, difficult breathing, irregular heartbeat, muscle cramps, unusual tiredness or weakness, burning on urination.

Warnings & Precautions

Don't take if:

  • You have symptoms of appendicitis, inflamed bowel or intestinal blockage.
  • You are allergic to a stimulant laxative.
  • You have missed a bowel movement for only 1 or 2 days.

Before you start, consult your doctor:

  • If you have a colostomy or ileostomy.
  • If you have congestive heart disease.
  • If you have diabetes.
  • If you have high blood pressure.
  • If you have a laxative habit.
  • If you have rectal bleeding.
  • If you take other laxatives.

Over age 60:
Adverse reactions and side effects may be more frequent and severe than in younger persons.

Risk to mother and unborn child outweighs drug benefits. Don't use.

Drug passes into milk. Avoid drug or discontinue nursing until you finish medicine. Consult doctor for advice on maintaining milk supply.

Infants & children:
Use only under medical supervision.

Prolonged use:
Don't take for more than 1 week unless under a doctor's supervision. May cause laxative dependence.

Skin & sunlight:
No problems expected.

Driving, piloting or hazardous work:
No problems expected.

May be unnecessary to finish medicine. Follow doctor's instructions.

Don't take to "flush out" your system or as a "tonic."

Possible Interaction with Other Drugs

------------------------ -----------------------
Antacids* Tablet coating may dissolve too
rapidly, irritating stomach or
Antihypertensives* May cause dangerous low potassium
Digitalis Increased digitalis toxicity due to
decreased serum potassium level.
Diuretics* May cause dangerous low potassium

Possible Interaction with Other Substances

--------------- ---------------
Alcohol: None expected.
Milk. Tablet coating may dissolve too
rapidly, irritating stomach or
Cocaine: None expected.
Foods: None expected.
Marijuana: None expected.
Tobacco: None expected.

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