Movicol Plain 30 x 13.7g Sachets, Powder For Oral Solution
- Active Ingredient: Macrogol
- Effective Constipation Relief
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Movicol is an effective laxative for the treatment of constipation in adults, adolescents and the elderly. Movicol helps you to have a comfortable bowel movement even if you have been constipated for a long time.
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The name of this medicine is Movicol, powder for oral solution. It is a laxative for the treatment of constipation in adults, adolescents and 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.
The main active ingredient contained in Movicol is called Macrogol. Macrogol is a laxative that is taken or included in medicines to treat constipation. Available as Movicol sachets, it is also available as a ready-mixed solution, or a liquid that needs to be diluted before drinking.
You may need to use a Movicol Sachet if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- You haven’t had a poo at least 3 times during the last week
- The stool is often large and dry, hard or lumpy
- Having to strain or experience pain when trying to pass the stool
Constipation is extremely common and affects people at all stages of life. It can usually be cured at home using medication such as a Movicol Sachet or changes in diet and lifestyle.
Some of the most common causes of constipation include:
- Not getting enough fibre from your diet
- Not drinking enough fluids
- Long periods of sitting or lying in bed
- Being less active and not exercising
- A side effect of medication
- Stress, anxiety or depression
Movicol Paediatric is intended for chronic constipation in children aged 2 to 11 years old and for the treatment of faecal impaction in children aged 5 to 11 years old.
The Movicol paediatric sachets will help your child to have a comfortable bowel movement even if they have been constipated for a long period of time.
Constipation in children is common, especially when children are first being potty trained at around 2 to 3 years old.
Movicol Paediatric or something similar may be needed if your child is showing the following signs of constipation:
- They have not done a poo at least 3 times in the last week
- Their poo is large and hard
- Their poo looks like “rabbit droppings” or little pellets
- They are straining or in pain when they poo
- They have some bleeding during or after having a poo, because their poo is large and hard
- They have a poor appetite or stomach pain that improves after they poo
Movicol Side Effects
Like all medicines, Movicol side effects can occur, although not everybody will experience them.
Tell your doctor immediately and stop taking Movicol if any of the following Movicol side effects occur:
- Get a serious allergic reaction which causes difficulty in breathing, or swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat.
Other Movicol side effects include:
- Allergic reactions which may cause a skin rash, itching, reddening of the skin or a nettle rash, swollen hands, feet or ankles, headaches and high and low levels of potassium in the blood.
- Sometimes you may have indigestion, stomach ache or rumbles. You may also feel bloated, suffer from wind, feel sick or vomit, may also experience soreness of the anus and may have mild diarrhoea when first starting to take Movicol.
- These Movicol side effects usually get better if you reduce the amount you take.
The BNF (British National Formulary) is an online database containing key information on selection, prescribing, dispensing and administration of medicines. Information displayed on the Movicol BNF page is taken from the manufacturer’s product literature, medical and pharmaceutical literature, UK health departments, regulatory authorities, and professional bodies.
Each BNF page, including the Movicol BNF page, lists a device description, indications and dose, and medicinal products (listing the size, unit, NHS price, drug tariff and drug tariff price).
Best Time Of Day To Take Movicol
One of the frequently asked questions regarding this product is “What is the best time of day to take Movicol?”
If you are taking more then one sachet per day you can spread them out, for example one morning and night or add a third sachet in the middle of the day. However, it is of course perfectly acceptable to take the whole dose at once. Each adult sachet should be dissolved in 125ml of water and each junior sachet must be dissolved in 67.5ml of water. You should always follow the instructions given to you by your doctor.
Have any other queries regarding “What is the best time of day to take Movicol?” please speak to a doctor or pharmacist.
How Long Does Movicol Take To Work?
Another common question we often see online is “How long does Movicol take to work?”
Movicol does not work immediately. It can take 1 to 2 days before a bowel movement is triggered. If you’re waiting longer than this speaks to your doctor or pharmacist for further evaluation.
The question of “How long does Movicol take to work?” can also depend on the individual. Some people may experience a sudden onset of a bowel movement, were as others could be waiting 1 to 2 days. If you aren’t sure Movicol is working, always speak to a medical professional for advice.
Movicol For Children
When using Movicol for children, your child may feel bloated, feel sick or be sick. They can also experience diarrhoea. This is more likely to happen if they have several sachets of Movicol in one day to treat severe constipation (faecal impaction). Most of these effects should only last for a short period and they should eventually settle down once stools are back to being passed regularly.
Your child can also take medicines that contain paracetamol or ibuprofen whilst giving them Movicol for children, unless your doctor has told you not to.
Please follow the below instructions in order to give Movicol for children correctly:
- Open the sachet and pour the contents into the water. Stir well until all the powder has dissolved and the mixture is clear or slightly hazy.
- You can add fruit squash to the drink if your child doesn’t like the taste. Movicol for children will still work properly.
- Make sure your child drinks it all. If they cannot drink it all in one go, they can drink it over about 30 minutes. It may help to use a straw.
- If your child needs to take the medicine at school, you can make the mixture at home for your child to take to school. You must tell the school that you are doing this.
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Movicol Poo Chart
The Movicol poo chart displays the different types of stools that can be passed when constipated or experiencing diarrhoea and what Movicol dose should be taken.
- Rabbit droppings that look like separate hard lumps, like nuts and are hard to pass.
- Increase your Movicol dose.
- A bunch of grapes which looks like a sausage but lumpy.
- Increase your Movicol dose.
- Corn on the cob looks like a sausage but with cracks on the surface.
- Maintain your current Movicol dose.
- The sausage type looks smooth and soft.
- Main your current Movicol dose.
- Chicken nugget stools that look like soft blobs with clear cut edges.
- Decrease your Movicol dose.
- The porridge looking type looks like fluffy pieces with ragged edges, a mushy stool.
- Decrease your Movicol dose.
- Gravy, looks watery with no solid pieces.
- Stop taking Movicol for a day or two.
Do not take Movicol Laxative 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 the active substances of any of the other ingredients of Movicol Laxative.
It’s important to remember to continue taking plenty of fluids when using Movicol Laxative. The fluid content of Movicol should not replace your regular liquid intake.
Make sure to tell your doctor if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines. Some medicines, e.g., anti-epileptics, may not work as effectively during use with Movicol.
Movicol Paediatric Plain
Movicol Paediatric Plain is intended for use by children aged 2 to 11 years old.
For chronic constipation: the dose of Movicol Paediatric Plain depends on the age of the child and their response to treatment.
- As a starting dose, children aged 1 to 6 years should be given 1 Movicol Paediatric Plain sachet each day.
- Children aged 7 to 11 should be given 2 sachets each day.
Your doctor may tell you to increase the number of sachets taken until your child has a soft bowel movement. If the dose does need increasing, this should be done every other day. For children below 2 years of age, no more than 2 sachets should be taken in one day. For children 2 to 11 years, normally, no more than 4 sachets are required to be taken in one day.
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets
Tell your doctor immediately and stop taking Movicol if you:
• Get a serious allergic reaction which causes difficulty in breathing, or swelling of
the face, lips, tongue or throat.
Other side effects include:
Allergic reactions which may cause a skin rash, itching, reddening of the skin or a
nettle rash, swollen hands, feet or ankles, headaches and high and low levels of
potassium in the blood.
Sometimes you may have indigestion, stomach ache or rumbles. You may also feel
bloated, suffer from wind, feel sick or vomit, may also experience soreness of the
anus (bottom) and may have mild diarrhoea when starting to take Movicol. T
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