Movicol Powder Sachets

Movicol Powder Sachets (30 sachets)

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Description for Movicol Powder Sachets

Constipation is something that can affect many people and for all sorts of reasons. No matter why you are suffering from constipation it can cause a lot of discomfort, which is why you need to find something that can provide you with fast and effective relief. This is where Movicol Powder Sachets can prove helpful.

Product Information

  • Age: 12 years +

    Maximum per order: 3

  • Pregnancy: Suitable

    Breastfeeding: Suitable

Movicol

Constipation is a condition which can occur for many different reasons but, no matter what reason, Movicol powder sachets can prove helpful by giving fast and effective relief from the symptoms.

A type of osmotic laxative, movicol sachets contain macrogol (polyethylene glycol 3350) and each sachet contains sodium bicarbonate, potassium chloride and sodium chloride. By adding the contents of each packet to water, movicol is ready to take as a drink.

An inert (chemically inactive) substance, macrogol passes through the gut without absorbing the water into the body and collects in the bowel, where the increase in liquid softens the stools, making them easier and softer to pass.

The sodium chloride, sodium bicarbonate and potassium chloride (electrolytes) in movicol help ensure that the laxative is effective without the body losing or gaining too much sodium, potassium or water.

Before taking movicol, dissolve the contents of one sachet into 125ml of water and, if you wish, you can add flavour to suit your personal taste e.g. orange juice. The dose can be made up early, in anticipation of drinking it within the next 6 hours and can be kept in the fridge (2 to 8ºC) until then. Discard any prepared movicol which was not taken during this period of time.

Three packets is the maximum number to take within one day and these should be spread out over your waking hours. Do not take movicol for more than two weeks, unless by the recommendation of your doctor for cases of chronic constipation, such as with multiple sclerosis and Parkinsons disease. Other medicines can also cause constipation, including:

  • antispasmodic medicines (e.g. atropine and hyoscine)
  • opioid painkillers (e.g. morphine)
  • anticholinergic medicines for Parkinsons symptoms (e.g. procyclidine).

 

Constipation is a condition which makes passing stools painful and difficult and the condition can be indicated by bowel movements being less frequent than normal. Stools could be abnormally large, dry or hard, due to having spent so much time in the bowel, allowing water content to reduce.   Such difficulties could lead to pain in the rectum and also haemorrhoids (also referred to as piles).

Constipation can be as a result of irregular eating, not enough fibre in your system and not drinking enough liquids, as well as a side-effect of other medications being taken.

Should you notice any blood when passing stools, always contact your doctor for further examination and advice.

 

Adults, including the elderly and children 12 years and over: 

This medicine can be taken at any time with or without food or drink.

How to mix:

Open the sachet and pour the contents into a glass. Add about 125ml or a quarter 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.


Constipation:

Take the contents of 1 sachet up to 3 times a day according to the severity of your constipation.

Faecal impaction:

Take 8 sachets a day. 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.


Duration of treatment:

Constipation: 

Treatment with Movicol usually lasts for about 2 weeks. If you need to take Movicol for longer, please see your doctor. 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 for longer than 2 weeks.

Usually for long term treatment that dose can be lowered to either 1 or 2 sachets a day.

Faecal impaction: 

Treatment with Movicol can be for up to 3 days.


If you forget to take Movicol:

Take the dose as soon as you remember to take it.

Not everyone will experience side effects when they take medication, however if you do they can include:

  • If you feel weak, increasingly tired, breathless, very thirsty with a headache or get puffy ankles stop taking Movicol and tell your doctor immediately.
  • Sometimes people have stomach ache or rumbles, or an allergic reaction, or feel bloated or sick. You may have mild diarrhoea when starting to take Movicol.


If you are concerned about these effects, or if the product affects you in any other way, stop using it and talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

The ingredients contained in this medicine is/are:

Macrogol 3350: 13.125g, Sodium Chloride: 0.3507g, Sodium Bicarbonate: 0.1785g, Potassium Chloride: 0.0466g.

Reading the following warnings carefully will help to ensure you are selecting an appropriate product. 

Do not take Movicol 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 or any of the other ingredients of Movicol 
  • Heart conditions 
  • Pregnancy and breast feeding 
  • If you are pregnant or breast feeding talk to your doctor before taking Movicol. 

Please inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, or have recently taken, any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription. 

Please read all packaging and the Product Information Leaflet before taking any new medicine and inform your doctor of medicines you are taking or intend to take.

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
  • Special Delivery (Guaranteed before 1pm) - £8.95
  • Saturday Guaranteed before 1pm - £10.45

All our orders are sent out using Royal Mail. We always aim to dispatch all orders received before 4pm the same working day. Any orders received after 4pm or over the weekend will be dispatched the next working day. Orders will not be dispatched on weekends or bank holidays.

All orders can be fully tracked in your account.

We ensure all parcels are in plain packaging for discreet delivery of your medicines and pharmacy goods.

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

Delivery is free for all NHS prescriptions.

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.

 

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 5.30pm 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 5.30pm 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 5.30pm 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.

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