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.
Movicol powder is used to relieve:
Build up of compressed and hardened stools (faeces) in the rectum as a result of chronic constipation (faecal impaction)
Each 13.8 g sachet contains:
Macrogol 3350 13.125 g
Sodium chloride 350.7 mg
Sodium bicarbonate 178.5 mg
Potassium chloride 46.6 mg
DOSAGE IN ADULTS AND CHILDREN OVER 12 YEARS OF AGE
Constipation: 1 sachet daily, increasing to 2 or 3 sachets daily if necessary.
Faecal impaction as diagnosed by a doctor: 8 sachets a day for a maximum of 3 days.
DIRECTIONS FOR USE
Dissolve the contents of one sachet in 125 mL of water then drink it. Do not exceed the stated dose.
Not recommended for children less than 12 years of age. For children less than 12 years use MOVICOL® Junior.
Drink plenty of water. Increase fibre in diet except in cases of medication-induced constipation.
Prolonged use of laxatives is undesirable and may lead to dependence. If symptoms persist seek medical advice.
Use only if carton seals are unbroken.
Incorrect use could be harmful. Follow the directions for use. If symptoms persist, talk to your healthcare professional.