CosmoCol Lemon & Lime Pack of 20
CosmoCol Lemon & Lime Flavour is a laxative used for the treatment of long term (chronic) constipation and faecal impaction (persistent constipation, where a large volume of stools cause a blockage of the rectum and / or colon).
It is not recommended for children below 12 years of age. Macrogol 3350 makes your faeces softer and easier to pass, giving you relief from constipation. The electrolytes (salts) help to maintain your body’s normal levels of sodium, potassium and water while you are being treated for constipation.
Treatment of chronic constipation in adults, children (aged 12 years and above) and the elderly:
The recommended dose for constipation is one sachet taken one to three times daily.
Duration of treatment
This course of treatment for constipation should not normally last longer than 2 weeks.
Treatment of faecal impaction in adults, children (aged 12 years and above) and the elderly:
Before you take CosmoCol Lemon & Lime Flavour for faecal impaction, your doctor must check to confirm that you have this condition. The recommended dose is 8 sachets daily, all of which should be consumed within 6 hours.
To prevent further problems from faecal impaction, your doctor may advise that you continue taking this medicine. You should use the dose for treating chronic constipation.
Duration of treatment
The course of treatment for faecal impaction should be stopped when a large volume of stools is passed and does not normally last longer than 3 days.
How to mix
Open the sachet and pour the contents into a glass. Add about 125 ml or a quarter pint of water to the glass. Stir well until the powder has dissolved and then drink it.
Taking more CosmoCol than you should can cause severe pain and swelling in your abdomen (stomach), or vomiting (sickness) or diarrhoea. If this happens, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember and then continue on as before. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
To get the most benefit from CosmoCol Lemon & Lime Flavour, always finish the course of treatment according to the directions in this package leaflet. This will make sure that your constipation is cleared, otherwise the symptoms you are suffering from may persist.
You must contact a doctor if your symptoms worsen or do not improve after 14 days.
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
CosmoCol Lemon & Lime Flavour can be taken at any time with or without food or drink
Do not take CosmoCol Lemon & Lime Flavour
if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to macrogol 3350, sodium chloride, sodium hydrogen carbonate, potassium chloride, or any of the other ingredients in CosmoCol Lemon & Lime Flavour
- if you have a perforated gut (bowel) wall
- if you have a blockage in your intestine (gut obstruction, ileus)
- if you have severe inflammatory bowel disease such as ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease or toxic megacolon
- If any of these applies to you, please talk to your doctor or pharmacist for further advice.
Some medicines, e.g. anti-epileptics, may not work as effectively during use with CosmoCol Lemon & Lime Flavour.
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, or have recently taken, any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription.
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding talk to your doctor before taking CosmoCol Lemon & Lime Flavour.
CosmoCol Lemon & Lime Flavour has no effect on the ability to drive or use machinery.
Important information about some of the ingredients of CosmoCol Lemon & Lime Flavour
CosmoCol Lemon & Lime Flavour contains 0.63 mmol (25 mg) of potassium per sachet. This should be taken into consideration if you take more than one sachet daily and you have reduced kidney function, or if you are on a controlled potassium diet.
CosmoCol Lemon & Lime Flavour contains 8.1 mmol (187 mg) of sodium per sachet. This should be taken into consideration if you are on a controlled sodium diet.
The lemon lime flavour in CosmoCol Lemon & Lime Flavour contains sorbitol (E420). If you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before taking this medicinal product.
Like all medicines, CosmoCol Lemon & Lime Flavour can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
If you experience any of the following side effects, stop taking CosmoCol Lemon & Lime Flavour and see your doctor immediately:
- signs of an allergy, such as a rash, itching, shortness of breath or difficulty in breathing.
- signs of a change in your body’s fluid or electrolyte levels (salts levels), such as swelling (mainly in the ankles), feeling weak, increasingly tired or increased thirst with headache
The following side effects are also possible:
- abdominal (stomach) pain
- mild diarrhoea (when starting to take CosmoCol Lemon & Lime Flavour, this usually stops if you reduce the number of sachets you take)
- nausea (feeling sick)
- swelling of your abdomen (feeling bloated)
- stomach rumbling
- flatulence (wind)
- soreness of the anus (bottom)
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet.
Reporting of side effects If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the carton and sachet. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Do not store above 25 °C.
Do not use this medicine if you notice that any of the sachets is damaged.
Reconstituted CosmoCol Lemon & Lime Flavour solution can be covered and stored in the refrigerator (2°C to 8°C), and should be used within 24 hours. After 24 hours, any unused solution should be discarded.
Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.
Macrogol 3350 13.125g, sodium chloride 0.3507g, sodium hydrogen carbonate 0.1785g, potassium chloride 0.0466g, colloidal anhydrous silica, saccharin sodium, lemon lime flavour (Lemon lime flavour contains: flavouring preparations, maltodextrin, mannitol, gluconolactone, sorbitol (E420), acacia gum, colloidal anhydrous silica).