What are Movicol sachets used for ?
Do you suffer from constipation? Movicol is a laxative for the treatment of constipation in adults, adolescents and the elderly. It is not recommended for children below 12 years of age.
Movicol helps you to have a comfortable bowel movement even if you have been constipated for a long time.
Movicol also works in very bad constipation called faecal impaction.
What is constipation, symptoms?
You haven’t had a poo at least 3 times in a week. Your poo is often difficult to push out and larger than usual. You may also have stomach ache and feel bloated.In addition you may have back ache.
What causes constipation, self help?
You should eat enough fibre. For example brown bread , fruit and vegetables. Additionally exercise more. Drink enough fluids. Fibogel is a good source of extra fibre. Increase your activity. You should see medical help if you have not ah a bowel movement in five days. .
Treating babies and children
Give your baby extra water between their normal feeds. Also give older children plenty of fluids.
How do you use Movicol sachets?
This medicine can be taken at any time with or without food.
Dissolve the content of each sachet in 125ml (1/4 pint) of water and drink.
A dose of Movicol is 1 sachet dissolved in 125 ml (1/4 pint) of water.
Take this 1 –3 times a day according to the severity of your constipation.
Before you take Movicol for faecal impaction, it should be confirmed that you have this condition.
A dose of 8 sachets a day of Movicol is needed for the treatment of faecal impaction. Each sachet dissolved in 125ml (1/4 pint) of water. The 8 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 2 sachets in any one hour.
How to mix:
Open the sachet and pour the contents into a glass. Add about 125ml or ¼ pint of water to the glass. Stir well until all the powder has dissolved and the Movicol solution is clear or slightly hazy, then drink it. If you are taking Movicol for faecal impaction it may be easier to dissolve 8 sachets in 1 litre of water.
Duration of treatment:
Treatment with Movicol usually lasts for about 2 weeks. If you need to take Movicol for longer, please see your doctor.
Usually for long term treatment the dose can be lowered to either 1 or 2 sachets a day.
Treatment with Movicol can be for up to 3 days.
If you take more Movicol than you should:
You may develop excessive diarrhoea, which can lead to dehydration. If this occurs, stop taking Movicol and drink plenty of fluids.