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Movicol-Half Powder Sachets Pack of 30
Movicol powder is used to relieve:
- Chronic constipation.
- Build up of compressed and hardened stools (faeces) in the rectum as a result of chronic constipation (faecal impaction).
Containing macrogol (polyethylene glycol), which is a type of medicine known as an osmotic laxative, each Movicol sachet also contains sodium bicarbonate, sodium chloride and potassium chloride. The contents of the sachets should be mixed with water to make a drink. Macrogol is an inert substance that passes through the gut without being absorbed into the body. It relieves constipation because it causes the water it is taken with to be retained in the bowel instead of being absorbed into the body. This increases the water content and volume of the stools in the bowel making them softer and easier to pass.
Sodium bicarbonate, sodium chloride and potassium chloride (electrolytes) are included in each sachet to help ensure that the laxative works without causing the body to gain or lose significant amounts of sodium, potassium or water that are needed for proper functioning of the body.
A dose of Movicol-Half is 2 laxative sachets.
Take this 1 -3 times a day according to the severity of your constipation.
A dose of 16 laxative sachets a day of Movicol-Half is needed for the treatment of faecal impaction. The 16 sachets should be taken within 6 hours for up to 3 days if required.
If you have a heart condition do not take more than 4 laxative sachets in any one hour.
Movicol 13.8g laxative sachet is a more convenient product to use for treating faecal impaction.
How to mix
Open the laxative sachet and pour the contents into a glass. Add a quarter glass (about 62.5ml) of water to the glass. Stir well until all the powder has dissolved and the Movicol-Half laxative solution is clear or slightly hazy, then drink it. If you like you can add a flavour such as orange squash to the drink.
Duration of treatment:
Treatment with Movicol-Half laxatives usually last for about 2 weeks. If your constipation is caused by an illness such as Parkinson's disease or multiple sclerosis (MS), or if you take medicines that cause constipation your doctor may recommend that you take Movicol-Half laxatives for longer than 2 weeks.
Usually for long term treatment that dose can be lowered to either 2 or 4 sachets a day.
Treatment with Movicol-Half laxatives can be for up to 3 days.
If you take more Movicol-Half laxatives than you should:
You may develop diarrhoea. Stop taking Movicol-Half laxatives until it clears, and then start again at a lower dose. If you are worried contact your doctor or pharmacist.
If you forget to take Movicol-Half laxatives:
Take the dose as soon as you remember to take it.
Do not take Movicol-Half laxatives if your doctor has told you that you have:
- a blockage in your intestine (gut obstruction, ileus)
- a perforated gut wall
- severe inflammatory bowel disease like ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease or toxic megacolon
- an allergy to any of the ingredients
Follow the special instructions in the directions section if you are taking MOVICOL-Half for faecal impaction.
Pregnancy and breast feeding
If you are pregnant or breast feeding talk to your doctor before taking MOVICOL-Half.
Always ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any medicine.
Driving and using machines
Movicol-Half does not usually affect your ability to drive or use machines.
Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor about any other medicines you may be taking.
If you have a heart condition do not take more than 4 sachets in any one hour.
KEEP ALL MEDICINES OUT OF REACH AND SIGHT OF CHILDREN.
PLEASE READ ALL PRODUCT PACKAGING AND LABELS PRIOR TO USE.
Macrogol 3350, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Chocolate flavour, maltodextrin (potato), gum arabic/acacia gum E414, vegetable oils and fats (palm/coconut oil), propylene glycol E1520 and ethyl alcohol.