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Micralax Micro-Enema

Micralax Enema (12 x 5ml)

Order before 3pm for delivery from Wed. 20 Jan and Thu. 21 Jan.

Micralax Enema for Constipation

Micralax micro-enemas are the first-line enema treatment for constipation. They are used in people who are bedridden or have limited mobility and also when bowel cleansing is required, for example before an x-ray or colonoscopy. You only need to use one enema to quickly produce a bowel movement within 5 to 15 minutes.

You can buy Micralax online from The Independent Pharmacy by completing a short online consultation for our pharmacy team. Once you've completed your order, it can be delivered as quickly as the next working day.

Micralax Information

  • Age: 18 Years +

    Maximum per order: 1

  • Pregnancy: Not suitable

    Breastfeeding: Not suitable

What is Micralax?

Micralax is a type of laxative. The disposable applicator is inserted into the anus and the 5ml liquid is gently squeezed into the back passage. This causes water to be drawn into the lower bowels and results in more water in the stools meaning they are softer and easier to pass.

Micralax usually works within 5 to 15 minutes, so make sure you are near a toilet before using it. The usual dose is one tube. Ensure you use a fresh tube of Micralax every time.

Micralax is manufactured by Recipharm Limited and comes in cartons containing 12 tubes. Micralax is a colourless liquid that comes in disposable plastic 5ml tube with 5 - 6 cm long flexible nozzle.

 

Micralax alternatives for constipation

Micralax is suitable for acute cases of constipation and or where the bowels need to be to be quickly emptied or cleansed. They are considered to be first-line treatments for these situations, rather than Cleen (Fleet) enemas.

In chronic, recurrent or long-term constipation, other types of laxative may be more suitable.

  • Stimulant laxatives - they irritate the gut lining to cause a bowel movement after 8 - 12 hours. These include senna and bisacodyl. They are suitable for occasional use.
  • Osmotic laxatives (stool softeners) - they draw water into the bowel, which softes the stools and makes them easier to pass. They include MovicolLaxido, and CosmoCol. Osmotic laxatives are more suitable for long-term treatment of constipation.

 

Sources

*Prescription medicines are supplied subject to a medical consultation at the discretion of a doctor.

Micralax directions

How to use Micralax:

  • Lie down on your side with your knees drawn up towards your tummy (the fetal position). If you prefer you can sit on the toilet.
  • Pull or twist the cap off the tube.
  • You can lubricate the nozzle to make it easier to put in. Squeeze a drop of medicine out onto the nozzle.
  • Put the full length of the nozzle into your back passage.
  • Gently squeeze the tube until it is empty.
  • Keep squeezing the tube as you pull the nozzle out. This will stop the medicine being drawn back into the tube.
  • It will normally takes 5-15 minutes for the laxative to work. You should be near a toilet in this time.

Do not use more than one Micralax enema.

Micralax side effects

Most people find that using Micralax causes no side effects, provided it is used correctly and as described in the patient information leaflet.

If you use Micralax too much it may cause diarrhoea or loss of fluid. If your symptoms don't improve within a few days, you should stop using Micralax and speak to your doctor.

Micralax ingredients

The active ingredients in Micralax enemas are 450 mg sodium citrate and 45 mg sodium alkylsulphoacetate.

The other ingredients are sorbitol solution, glycerol, sorbic acid and purified water.

Micralax warnings

You should not use Micralax if:

  • You are allergic to sodium citrate or sodium alkylsulphoacetate
  • You are allergic to any of the other ingredients in Micralax
  • You have an inflammatory bowel disease.

You should speak to your doctor before using Micralax if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Delivery & Shipping Information

Please note that due to the current situation with COVID-19, Royal Mail are experiencing some delays. This may mean that your order takes longer to arrive than you would normally expect. We are working hard to ensure that, where possible, all orders placed before 15:00 are still dispatched the same working day.

 

UK Orders

We offer FREE standard tracked delivery on orders over £40.

The following delivery options are available:

  • Standard Tracked Delivery - 2 - 3 day delivery - £2.95
  • Express Tracked Delivery - 1 - 2 day delivery - £4.45
  • DPD Next Day - 1 - 2 working days - £6.95
  • Special Delivery (Guaranteed before 21:00) - £8.95
  • Saturday Guaranteed before 21:00 - £10.45

Important Delivery Information

All our orders are sent out using Royal Mail (unless stated). We always aim to dispatch all Royal Mail & DPD orders received before 15:00 the same working day. Any orders received after 15:00 or over the weekend will be dispatched the next working day. Orders will not be dispatched on weekends or bank holidays.

All orders are subject to approval by our team of doctors and pharmacists. Your delivery date in the checkout is subject to your consultation being approved by our healthcare team.

All orders can be fully tracked from your dispatch email, in your online account and from any notifications from your courier.

We ensure all parcels are in plain packaging for discreet delivery of your medicines and pharmacy goods. Where possible, we will attempt to size all parcels to fit through your letterbox in tamper-proof packaging. By placing an order on our website, you confirm that it is safe and appropriate for a package containing medicines to be posted through your letterbox, if the carrier is able to do so. You should notify our customer support team if it is not safe for the package to be posted through the letterbox, for example due to animals or small children.

Deliveries containing pharmacy-only or prescription medicines may require a signature on receipt. 

Delivery is free for all NHS prescriptions.

 

Royal Mail

Features:

  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • Four-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with Royal Mail
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local Post Office or Royal Mail Customer Service Point.

Royal Mail are the most widely recognised mail delivery company in the UK. Being on the UK’s 29 million doorsteps six days a week means they offer unparalleled price and convenience. The Independent Pharmacy uses Royal Mail’s Tracked 48, Tracked 24, and Special Delivery Guaranteed parcel services to offer reliable, fully-tracked delivery at very competitive prices. Your Royal Mail parcel will arrive with your normal daily delivery of post.

Please note: Royal Mail do not deliver on Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

If you are not home to accept your delivery, a card should be left by the Royal Mail representative. This card will provide details of where you can collect the order or how to arrange re-delivery.

Should you be unable to collect your missed delivery or arrange for your medication to be redelivered by Royal Mail, the pharmacy can resend your medication to the same, or a different address provided it has been returned to us and this happens within a 30 day window.

Once a package has been shipped with Royal Mail we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.

 

DPD

Features:

  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • One-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with DPD
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local collection point.

DPD Local is the most innovative parcel carrier around. Thanks to their industry-leading Predict service, they provide parcel recipients with a one hour delivery window, notified by email, so you don't have to wait in all day. What's more, it enables receivers to watch the progress of their delivery on a real-time map, all the way down to a final 15 minute time-slot. 

As well as keeping customers informed at every stage of the journey, DPD believe in maximising choice and convenience. That's why DPD provide access to a suite of options both on the day of delivery and the night before, allowing customers to take delivery of their goods in a way that suits. If you wish to reschedule, you can:

  • Select an alternative delivery date
  • Opt for delivery to a nominated neighbour
  • Have the parcel left in a specified safe place
  • Collect the parcel from your local DPD Pickup Shop
  • Upgrade delivery to By 12

Please note: DPD do not deliver on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

Once a package has been shipped with DPD we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.

 

Forwarding houses

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.

 

BFPO Postcodes

Unfortunately we are unable to deliver medicines to BFPO postcodes.

 

Remote Areas

Please be aware that Royal Mail Guaranteed services are not available to all customers in the UK, especially those that live in remote postcodes. Royal Mail advise customers of the following:

We deliver by 17:30 the next working day in the following postcode areas:
AB30 - 39, 41 - 45, 51 - 56
GY9 Alderney (Channel Islands)
HS1, 3 - 9
IV21 - 28, 40 - 49, 51 - 56
KA27, 28
KW1 - 3, 5 - 15
KW16 Stromness Town only
PA20 (0&9)
PA28 - 38, 41 - 49, 76, 77
PH15, 17 - 26, 31 - 40, 49, 50
ZE1

 

We deliver within two working days by 17:30 to the following postcodes areas:
GY1 Herm (Channel Islands)
GY9 Sark (Channel Islands)
GY10
HS2
PA60 - 75, 78
ZE2, 3

 

We deliver within three working days by 17:30 to the following postcode areas:
KW16 - non-Town
KW17
PH30, 41 - 44

 

Please note: This applies to our 'Special Delivery' and 'Saturday Guaranteed' services.

 

International Orders

We are currently unable to ship orders outside of the UK.

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.

Need to know more about Constipation?

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Scott McDougall

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Published on: 23-11-2020

Last modified on: 23-11-2020


Scott is one of the two founders of The Independent Pharmacy. He is a registered pharmacist and the registered manager of our service with the CQC.

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Ruari O'Connell

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Reviewed on: 23-11-2020

Next review date: 23-11-2022


Ruari has worked in all sectors of pharmacy and is one of the most experienced Pharmacist Independent Prescribers in the UK.


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