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Movicol (Lemon & Lime)

Movicol Sachets

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Sorry, this treatment is currently out of stock.

Movicol Chocolate is on a national shortage, due to a manufacturing delay and the manufacturer currently are unable to advise when it will be back in stock.

In the meantime we do still have Plain Movicol in stock which is suitable for adding your own flavouring to.

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Order before 3pm for delivery from Fri. 30 Jul and Mon. 02 Aug.

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Movicol works with your body to help ease constipation making bowel movements comfortable. Movicol rehydrates big, hard lumpy stools to help get your bowels moving again. 

You can buy Movicol sachets online at The Independent Pharmacy without a prescription. Just fill in our short health questionnaire so we can make sure Movicol is the best medicine for you.

Movicol Information

  • Age: 12 years +

    Maximum per order: 4

  • Pregnancy: Suitable

    Breastfeeding: Suitable

What is Movicol and what is Movicol used for?

Movicol is a laxative that is used to treat constipation and extreme cases of constipation known as faecal impaction in children and adults over 12 years old. 

Movicol contains the active ingredient macrogol 3350 which is an osmotic laxative. Osmotic laxatives work by forcing your poo to absorb more water, making them bigger, softer and easier to pass. 

 

Is Movicol a laxative or a stool softener?

Movicol is a type of laxative known as an osmotic laxative which means that it works by rehydrating hard stools by making them absorb more water from inside the bowel and therefore softening the stool. Movicol works in the same way as Laxido and CosmoCol.

Other types of laxatives include:

  • Stimulant laxatives-speed up your bowel movements by stimulating the nerves, for example, Senna and Dulcolax
  • Bulk-forming laxatives-increase the size and weight of your stool to stimulate bowel movements, for example, Fybogel

For more information on laxatives and treatment options please see our Advice for Constipations page.

 

What is constipation?

If you are unable to have a poo as often as is normal for you its is likely that you are suffering from constipation. Constipation is a common problem, and most people will, at some point in their life experience it. 

Often diet and lifestyle factors can contribute to constipation and by making small changes, constipation will be relieved without any need for medication. For more information on causes of constipation as well as diet and lifestyle suggestions, go to our Treatment Advice for Constipation page. 

If you have tried making changes to your diet and lifestyle and you continue to be constipated, using a laxative such as Movicol could help, you may also want to discuss your treatment options with a pharmacist or doctor. 

If you are constipated and experience the following you should speak to a doctor as soon as possible:

  • You feel sick or are being sick
  • You have blood in your stool
  • You lose weight suddenly
  • You are feeling bloated for long periods
  • You are feeling more tired than is normal for you

 

How does Movicol work?

Movicol contains the active ingredient macrogol 3350 which is an osmotic laxative. Osmotic laxatives work by binding with water which is then absorbed into your stool. This process increases the water volume in your poo, softening it and making it bigger and easier to pass. 

When making up your Movicol sachet it is important to make sure you are mixing the contents with 125ml of water per sachet. It is this water that is absorbed by your poo and therefore should not be included as part of your daily fluid intake. It is important to keep drinking lots of fluid while using Movicol to avoid becoming dehydrated. 

Make sure to follow the instructions on how to use Movicol, detailed in the directions section on this page (link to this) and in the Patient Information Leaflet

 

What is the best time of day to take Movicol?

Most people will need to start by taking more than 1 sachet a day to treat constipation. It is a good idea to spread out the doses taking them in the morning and at night. If you are taking 3 sachets a day you can also take one in the middle of the day. 

If you are using Movicol to treat faecal impaction you should speak to a doctor before commencing treatment for your condition. You will need to take 8 sachets a day for 3 consecutive days. The 8 sachets a day all need to be consumed within 6 hours.

Movicol does not need to be taken at a particular time of day so you can fit your doses in around times that are convenient for you.

 

How long does Movicol take to work?

Movicol does not work as quickly as stimulant laxatives such as Senna which starts to work within 6-12 hours. 

When taking Movicol as directed in the Patient Information Leaflet, most people will start to see an improvement in their constipation within 1-3 days. 

 

How long does Movicol stay in your system?

Some people may experience diarrhoea when taking Movicol especially if you are on a large dose or have taken too much. If you experience diarrhoea you should stop taking Movicol or reduce the number of sachets you are taking until your poo returns to soft formed stools. This may take a few days. 

If you experience diarrhoea you must drink plenty of fluids to avoid becoming dehydrated. If your diarrhoea persists or you are worried you should speak to a doctor or pharmacist for advice. 

 

Movicol long-term use

For the treatment of constipation, Movicol is usually taken for 2 weeks or until stools are consistently soft and easy to pass. 

If you continue to be affected by constipation after using Movicol for 14 consecutive days then you should speak to a doctor or pharmacist for advice. 

In the same way as all laxatives, it is not advisable to use Movicol long-term. If you are suffering from persistent constipation however you may be advised to repeat your 2-week treatment or continue using Movicol but reduce your dose to 1 sachet per day.

 

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Movicol dosage

Constipation:

  • Dissolve 1 sachet of Movicol in 125ml of water up to 3 times a day depending on the severity of your constipation. 

Faecal impaction:

  • Before commencing treatment for faecal impaction you should speak to a doctor to confirm your condition. 
  • You will need to take 8 sachets over 6 hours, taking no more than 2 sachets in 1 hour, for up to 3 days.
  • Dissolve each sachet in 125ml of water. 

Full full details of how to use Movicol please ensure you have read the Patient Information Leaflet thoroughly.

Movicol can be used by children and adults over the age of 12 years to treat constipation and faecal impaction. 

Each sachet must be made up of 125ml of water and drank. You must make sure to drink plenty of fluids throughout the day when taking Movicol to avoid dehydration. 

 

Movicol for children

It is possible to get Movicol to treat constipation in children under 12 years old, however, this is only available on prescription. You must, therefore, speak to a doctor if you think your child is suffering from constipation.

Movicol side effects

For a full list of side effects associated with Movicol please read the Patient Information Leaflet

If you are worried about any side effects or experience an allergic reaction when taking Movicol speak to a doctor straight away. 

The most common side effects experienced when taking Movicol include:

  • Stomach ache or indigestion
  • Bloating 
  • Wind
  • Diarrhoea 

Reducing the daily dose of Movicol will usually reduce these side effects.

 

Movicol weight loss

Movicol should not cause you to lose weight. If you experience excessive diarrhoea as a side effect of taking Movicol you should stop your treatment. If your diarrhoea continues, speak to a doctor or pharmacist. 

Movicol, as with other laxatives should not be taken as a way to lose weight as this can be damaging to your health. If you are concerned about your weight, want support to lose weight or are struggling to lose weight speak to a doctor for advice.

Movicol Ingredients

Movicol comes in sachets of 13.8g in lemon and lime, chocoloate or plain flavouring. Before using Movicol you must read the Patient Information Leaflet thoroughly. 

Each 13.8g sachet contains:

  • Macrogol 3350 13.125g 
  • Sodium Chloride 0.3507g 
  • Sodium Bicarbonate 0.1785g 
  • Potassium Chloride 0.0466g

Lemon & Lime PIL: https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/medicine/15033

Plain PIL: https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/files/pil.257.pdf

Chocolate PIL: https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/files/pil.6377.pdf

Movicol warnings

For a full list of warnings and precautions associated with Movicol please read the Patient Information Leaflet

  • Do not take Movicol if you have, or have previously conditions affecting your bowels such as an obstruction or perforation or inflammatory bowel disease.
  • Speak to a doctor or pharmacist before taking Movicol if you have a heart condition or are currently taking any other medication. 
  • You must make sure you drink plenty of fluids while taking Movicol to avoid becoming dehydrated. The water used to make up Movicol is not absorbed by your body so does not count as daily fluid intake.
  • Each Movicol sachet contains 9.3% of an adult recommended daily allowance of Sodium (salt).

 

Movicol in pregnancy

Movicol is safe to take during pregnancy and while breastfeeding but you should speak to a doctor or pharmacist for advice before starting treatment.

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?

Visit our advice area or contact our support team

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Published on: 29-05-2019

Last modified on: 11-10-2020


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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Reviewed on: 11-10-2020

Next review date: 11-10-2022


Chris is a vastly experienced clinical pharmacist and has been registered as an Independent Prescriber since 2014.


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