Movicol-Half Powder Sachets
- Helps relieve chronic constipation
- Can be mixed with water to make a drink
- Comes in packs of 20 & 30 Sachets
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Movicol-Half laxative powder is used to treat constipation in adults, adolescents and the elderly. It is not recommended for children below 12 years of age. Movicol-Half helps you to have a comfortable bowel movement even if you have been constipated for a long time. Movicol-Half also works in very bad constipation called faecal impaction.
Side Effects of Movicol Half Powder Sachets
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Tell your doctor immediately and stop taking Movicol-Half if you get a serious allergic reaction which causes difficulty in breathing, or swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat.
Other side effects include:
Allergic reactions which may cause a skin rash, itching, reddening of the skin or nettle rash, swollen hands, feet or ankles, headaches and high and low levels of potassium in the blood.
Sometimes you may have indigestion, stomach ache or rumbles. You may also feel bloated, suffer from wind, feel sick or vomit may also experience soreness of the anus (bottom) and may have mild diarrhoea when starting to take Movicol-Half. These side effects generally get better if you reduce the amount of Movicol-Half you take.
If any of the above are troublesome or last more than a few days or if you notice any side
effects not mentioned in this leaflet, please inform your doctor or pharmacist.
Before taking any medication, it is important to read the Patient Information Leaflet. You can find information leaflets for your medicines by typing them into the search bar at medicines.org, or by contacting us.
Directions of use for Movicol Half Powder Sachets
This medicine can be taken at any time of day with or without food.
Dissolve the content of each sachet in 62.5ml (¼ glass) of water and drink.
A dose of Movicol-Half is 2 sachets. Each sachet is dissolved in 62.5ml (1/4 glass) of water. Take 1 –3 times a day depending on the severity.
Before you take Movicol-Half for faecal impaction, it should be confirmed that you have this condition. A dose of 16 sachets a day of Movicol-Half is needed for the treatment of faecal impaction. Each sachet dissolved in 62.5ml (1/4 glass) of water. The 16 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 4 sachets in any one hour. Movicol 13.8g sachet is a more convenient product to use for treating faecal impaction.
How to mix
Open the sachet and pour the contents into a glass. Add ¼ glass (about 62.5ml) of water to the glass. Stir well until all the powder has dissolved and the Movicol-Half solution is clear or slightly hazy, then drink it. If you like you can add a flavour such as orange squash to the drink.
For use in faecal impaction, the correct number of sachets can be reconstituted in advance and kept covered and refrigerated for up to 6 hours. For example, 16 sachets can be made up of one litre of water.
Duration of treatment:
Treatment with Movicol-Half usually lasts for about 2 weeks. 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-Half for longer than 2 weeks. If you need to take Movicol-Half for longer, please see your doctor.
Usually, for long term treatment, the dose can be lowered to either 2 or 4 sachets a day.
Treatment with Movicol-Half can be for up to 3 days.
Warnings for Movicol Half Powder Sachets
Do not take Movicol-Half 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 any of the ingredients of Movicol-Half
Warnings and precautions
When taking Movicol you should continue to take plenty of fluids. The fluid content of Movicol should not replace your regular liquid intake.
Follow the special instructions in section 3 if you are taking Movicol-Half for faecal impaction
Other medicines and Movicol-Half
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines.
Some medicines, e.g. anti-epileptics, may not work as effectively during use with Movicol-Half.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Movicol-Half can be taken during pregnancy and whilst breastfeeding. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your pharmacist or doctor for advice before taking this medicine.
Driving and using machines
Movicol-Half does not usually affect your ability to drive or use machines.
MOVICOL-Half contains sodium
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you need 6 or more sachets daily for a prolonged period, especially if you have been advised to follow a low salt (sodium) diet. Movicol-Half contains 93.4 mg (4.062 mmol) sodium (the main component of cooking/table salt) per sachet. This is equivalent to 4.6% of the recommended maximum daily dietary intake of sodium for an adult.
Ingredients in Movicol Half Powder Sachets
Each 6.9g sachet of Movicol-Half contains the following:
- Macrogol 3350 6.563 g
- Sodium Chloride 0.1754 g
- Sodium Bicarbonate 0.0893 g
- Potassium Chloride 0.0233 g
When it is made into a drink with 62.5 millilitres of water, each sachet gives the equivalent of:
- Sodium 65 millimoles/litre
- Chloride 53 millimoles/litre
- Potassium 5.4 millimoles/litre
- Bicarbonate 17 millimoles/litre
Movicol-Half also contains lime and lemon flavour, and acesulfame potassium as a sweetener.
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