Market Lavington Museum

Lixen Laxative Lozenges


A tin for Lixen Laxative Lozenges at Market Lavington Museum

A tin for Lixen Laxative Lozenges at Market Lavington Museum

This tin which once contained laxative lozenges, dates from the 1950s. Was this the era for ‘regularity’? Our curator recalls the laxative chocolate – ex-lax – which his mother always kept. It was, apparently, delicious and our curator ate a whole tablet of it with the (now) expected and rather explosive results.

Lixen was obviously an alternative. The manufacturing company, Allen and Hanburys were a long established and well respected manufacturer of a variety of medicinal products. These lozenges came in a tin. It was some 8cm by 4.5 and less than a centimetre deep. Our tin has a price tag on the underside.

Our tin was sold for one shilling

Our tin was sold for one shilling

That’s one shilling or 5p in modern money.

Other products came in tins like this and again, our curator recalls very sharp edges and the need to keep ‘Elastoplast’ handy to deal with the cuts the tins caused.

This tin has found a home in our ‘medical’ cabinet for the 2013 season. Perhaps others will have memories of medicaments that they could share with us.