What is a Patient Information Leaflet and why is it useful?

The Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) is the leaflet included in the pack with a medicine. It is written for patients and gives information about taking or using a medicine. It is possible that the leaflet in your medicine pack may differ from this version because it may have been updated since your medicine was packaged.

Below is a text only representation of the Patient Information Leaflet. The original leaflet can be viewed using the link above.

The text only version may be available in large print, Braille or audio CD. For further information call emc accessibility on 0800 198 5000. The product code(s) for this leaflet is: PL 00014/5150R.

Boots Syrup of Figs Laxative


Boots SYRUP OF FIGS Laxative

Fig Liquid Extract, Senna Fruit Extract

Relieves occasional constipation

100 ml e

Read all of this leaflet carefully. It contains important information for you.

  • Keep this leaflet, you may need to read it again
  • Ask your pharmacist if you need more information or advice
  • This medicine is for minor conditions

What this medicine is for

This medicine contains laxatives, which can be used for the relief of occasional constipation.

Before you take this medicine

This medicine can be taken by adults and children aged 1 year and over.

However, some people should not take this medicine or should seek the advice of their pharmacist or doctor first.

Do not take:

  • If you are allergic to any of the ingredients
  • If you have stomach pain
  • If you are feeling sick or being sick
  • If you have a blockage in your intestine
  • If you have an intolerance to some sugars, unless your doctor tells you to (this medicine contains dextrose (glucose) and sucrose)
  • For long periods of time (in general more than a week), unless your doctor tells you to

Talk to your pharmacist or doctor:

  • If you have inflammatory bowel disease

You can take this medicine if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Other important information

This medicine contains 2.8 g of total sugars per 5 ml spoonful. This should be taken into account if you have diabetes.

How to take this medicine

Check the cap seal is not broken before first use. If it is, do not take the medicine.

Take the amount shown in the table opposite.

Adults and children of 12 years and over: Take two 5 ml spoonfuls at bedtime only.

Children of 5 to 11 years: Give one 5 ml spoonful at bedtime only.

Children of 1 to 4 years: Give half a 5 ml spoonful at bedtime only.

This medicine should be swallowed.

Do not give to children under 1 year.

Do not take more than the amount recommended above.

If symptoms do not go away talk to your pharmacist or doctor.

If you take too much: Talk to a doctor straight away.

Possible side effects

Most people will not have problems, but some may get some.

If you take it for a long time, you may get:

  • Watery diarrhoea (which may be severe or have blood in it), fluid and body salt loss, severe constipation, muscle weakness, weight loss
  • Red or yellow coloration of the faeces and urine
  • Heart or kidney problems

If any side effect becomes severe, or you notice any side effect not listed here, please tell your pharmacist or doctor.

How to store this medicine

Keep this medicine in a safe place out of the sight and reach of children, preferably in a locked cupboard.

Use by the date on the label edge.

What is in this medicine

Each 5 ml of oral solution contains Fig Liquid Extract 0.5 ml, Senna Fruit Extract 0.4 ml.

As well as the active ingredients, the solution also contains sucrose, malt extract (containing dextrose (glucose)), benzoic acid (E210), chloroform, clove leaf oil, peppermint oil, coriander oil, methyl salicylate.

The pack contains 100 ml of dark brown oral solution.

Who makes this medicine

Manufactured by the Marketing Authorisation holder

The Boots Company PLC

Leaflet prepared July 2011

If you would like any further information about this medicine please contact

The Boots Company PLC

Keep all medicines out of the sight and reach of children.

PL 00014/5150

Active ingredients: Each 5 ml of oral solutions contains Fig Liquid Extract 0.5 ml, Senna Fruit Extract 0.4 ml.

Also contains: sucrose, dextrose (glucose).

Other formats

To request a copy of this leaflet in Braille, large print or audio please call, free of charge:

0800 198 5000 (UK only)

Please be ready to give the following information:

Product name: Boots Syrup of Figs Laxative

Reference number: 00014/5150

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