Q. How long does it take for Safax Oral Solution to work?
It takes about 2-3 days to see the benefits of the treatment. Talk to your doctor if you feel constipated even after 3 days of taking Safax Oral Solution.
Q. What is Safax Oral Solution used for?
Safax Oral Solution is used to treat constipation which is presented as infrequent bowel movements, hard and dry stools. It is also used in patients with hepatic encephalopathy which is a serious liver problem causing confusion, tremors and decreased level of consciousness.
Q. Is Safax Oral Solution a laxative?
Yes, Safax Oral Solution is a laxative which softens the stools by pulling in water from the body to the large intestine. It is also used to reduce the amount of ammonia in the blood of patients with liver disease.
Q. What are the side effects of taking Safax Oral Solution?
Safax Oral Solution very commonly causes diarrhea, flatulence, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. Diarrhea and abdominal pain occur due to a high dose. In such cases, the dose should be reduced. Flatulence may occur during the first few days of treatment and may disappear after sometime. This medicine may also cause electrolyte imbalance. However, this is an uncommon side effect.
Q. Is it okay to take Safax Oral Solution every day?
You should take Safax Oral Solution for as long as advised by your doctor. You may also take it for as long as constipation lasts, which may be up to a week. For hepatic encephalopathy, the treatment may be longer, even several months.
Q. Who should not be given Safax Oral Solution?
Safax Oral Solution should not be given to patients who are allergic to it or are intolerant to lactose (cannot process lactose). It should also be avoided in patients having galactosemia, a rare health problem where the body cannot process galactose.
Q. Can I take other laxatives along with Safax Oral Solution?
Usually, one laxative is sufficient to relieve constipation. In case you need more, your doctor may advise you to take one more laxative along with Safax Oral Solution. The risk of side effects is more with two laxatives.
Q. What if I take more than the recommended dose of Safax Oral Solution?
Taking more than the recommended dose of Safax Oral Solution may cause abdominal pain, electrolyte imbalance and diarrhea, which may last for a couple of days.
Q. How should Safax Oral Solution be taken?
You should take the prescribed amount in the measuring cup or spoon that is provided with the medicine. You can take it with water or fruit juice if you find it very sweet. Drink plenty of water for better results. Swallow it as soon as you keep it in mouth to prevent tooth decay which can occur if you take it for a longer time.
Information last updated by Dr. Varun Gupta, MD Pharmacology on 14th Mar 2020. The medicine details are for information purpose only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicine.