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 Parkinson’s disease. Other medicines can also cause constipation, including:
- antispasmodic medicines (e.g. atropine and hyoscine)
- opioid painkillers (e.g. morphine)
- anticholinergic medicines for Parkinson’s 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.