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Normacol Granules

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Normacol granules are a natural bulk-forming laxative that help to relieve constipation in those who struggle to get their required daily fibre intake from diet alone. Normacol increases the volume of your poo, which makes it easier to pass when combined with increased fluid intake. Normacol will normally help to treat constipation within 48 hours.

Normacol granules contain sterculia and are available to buy in both granules and sachets over-the-counter and online in the UK. You do not need a prescription to buy Normacol granules.

Normacol Information

  • Age: 6 years +

    Maximum per order: 3

  • Pregnancy: Suitable

    Breastfeeding: Suitable

What is Normacol?

Normacol granules contain 62% w/w sterculia, which is a vegetable gum from the karaya tree. It is this natural dietary fibre which helps to relieve constipation and help keep you regular. Normacol granules are used to supplement the amount of dietary fibre that you consume, forming the bulk necessary to make regular bowel movements more easy to pass.

Normacol is normally taken once or twice a day for a maximum of four days. It should normally help to relieve constipation within one to two days. It is important to drink adequate amounts of water whilst taking Normacol to prevent a blockage - this is normally 8 - 10 glasses per day.

Normacol granules are manufactured by Norgine Pharma. Each carton contains 500 grams of white granules, or if it is a sachet pack, 60 sachets each containing 7 grams of white granules.

 

Who should use Normacol granules?

In addition to being used by people who are suffering from constipation due to a lack of dietary fibre, Normacol is also used by people:

  • with colostomies or ileostomies
  • who need a high fibre diet, for example in diverticular disease of the colon
  • who have had rectal or anal surgery
  • who have swallowed something sharp to reduce the chance of damage to the intestine (gut).

 

Normacol vs other constipation treatments

Normacol contains a natural form of fibre and is a bulk-forming laxative, similar to Fybogel.

Other types of laxatives include:

  • Stimulant laxatives - treatments that irritate the gut lining to cause a bowel movement after 8 - 12 hours. These include senna and bisacodyl.
  • Osmotic laxatives (stool softeners) - treatments that often contain macrogol which helps to draw water into the gut, softening stools and making them easier to pass. They include Movicol, Laxido, and CosmoCol.

 

Sources

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

Normacol granules dosage

The usual dose for adults and the elderly is 1 to 2 sachets, or 1 to 2 heaped 5ml spoonfuls, taken once or twice a day after meals.

The usual dose for children aged 6 to 12 years old is half the adult dose (half to 1 sachet or half to 1 heaped 5ml spoonful).

Do not take Normacol granules if you are lying down or just before you go to bed.

If Normacol does not work after you have taken it for 4 days, do not take anymore, and see your doctor or pharmacist.

If you take more Normacol than you should and do not have bowel movements, see your doctor. You may develop severe diarrhoea and could become dehydrated. If this happens to you, see your doctor or pharmacist because it may reduce the levels of salts in your body.

If you forget to take Normacol, just take the next normal dose at the usual time. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.

 

How to take Normacol granules

  • To take Normacol, put the dry granules on your tongue from the sachet, spoon or your hand, or just take a few at a time if that is easier.
  • Alternatively you can sprinkle Normacol on to soft food such as yoghurt.
  • Swallow the granules with plenty of water or a cool drink, so that the oesophagus (gullet) does not become blocked.
  • Do not chew or crush the granules.

Normacol side effects

Like all medicines, Normacol has the potential to cause side effects, although most people will not get them. If you do suffer from side effects when using Normacol granules, they may include:

  • Occasionally Normacol causes a swollen stomach.
  • Some people may suffer from wind.
  • The bowel may become blocked.
  • The oesophagus (gullet) can become blocked if Normacol not taken with enough fluid, or too much Normacol is taken.
  • Some people may have an allergic reaction which may include an itchy skin, rash or difficulty in breathing.
  • It is not unusual for stool to appear paler in colour than normal as a result of local contact with sterculia. This does not indicate anything untoward.
  • Some people may experience diarrhoea and stomach pains.
  • Some people may feel sick.

Normacol ingredients

The active substance is sterculia. The granules contain 62% w/w sterculia.

The other ingredients in Normacol are sodium hydrogen carbonate, sucrose, talc, titanium dioxide, hard paraffin and vanillin.

Normacol granules warnings

Do not take Normacol if your doctor has told you that you have:

  • A blockage in your intestine (gut)
  • Total loss of muscle tone in the colon
  • Faecal impaction
  • Allergy to the active substance or any of the other ingredients listed in the patient information leaflet

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Normacol if you have ulcerative colitis (an inflammatory disease of the bowel which can cause abdominal pain and bloody diarrhoea).

If you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before taking this medicinal product.

Normacol may cause diarrhoea which may result in loss of fluids and a loss in certain salts in your body.

Plenty of water should be taken and maintained in order to reduce the chance of developing oesophageal obstruction (a blockage in the foodpipe/gullet).

 

Children and adolescents

Normacol is not recommended in children under 6 years of age.

 

Taking other medicines with Normacol

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

 

Normacol with food and drink

Normacol should be taken after meals and always drink plenty of water or soft drinks.

 

Pregnancy, breast-feeding and fertility

Normacol can be taken if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any medicine.

 

Driving and using machines

Normacol should not affect your ability to drive or use machines.

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.

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Published on: 17-11-2020

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