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MOVICOL 13.8G SACHET

Active substance(s): MACROGOL 3350 / POTASSIUM CHLORIDE / SODIUM BICARBONATE / SODIUM CHLORIDE

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Package Leaflet: Information for the patient

MOVICOL

®



13.8g sachet, powder for oral solution
Read all of this leaflet carefully before
you start taking this medicine because it
contains important information for you.
Always take this medicine exactly as
described in this leaflet or as your doctor,
pharmacist or nurse has told you.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it
again.
• Ask your pharmacist if you need more
information or advice.
• If you get any side effects, talk to your
doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes
any possible side effects not listed in this
leaflet. See section 4.
• You must talk to a doctor if you do not
feel better or if you feel worse.

If you need the information on this
leaflet in an alternative format such
as large print , please ring from the
UK 0800 198 5000.
What is in this leaflet:
1. What Movicol is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you take
Movicol
3. How to take Movicol
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Movicol
6. Contents of the pack and other information
1. What Movicol is and what it is used for
The name of this medicine is Movicol 13.8g
sachet, powder for oral solution. It is a laxative
for the treatment of constipation in adults,
adolescents and elderly. It is not recommended
for children below 12 years of age.
Movicol helps you to have a comfortable
bowel movement even if you have been
constipated for a long time. Movicol also
works in very bad constipation called
faecal impaction.
2. What you need to know before you
take Movicol
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 (listed in
section 6).
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.
Heart conditions
Follow the special instructions in section 3 if you
are taking Movicol for faecal impaction
Other medicines and Movicol
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.
Pregnancy and breast feeding
Movicol can be taken during pregnancy and
whilst breastfeeding. If you are pregnant,
trying to become pregnant or breastfeeding,
ask your pharmacist or doctor for advice
before taking Movicol.
Driving and using machines
Movicol does not affect your ability to drive or
use machines.
3. How to take Movicol
This medicine can be
taken at any time with or
without food.
Dissolve the content of each sachet in
125ml (¼ pint) of water and drink.
Constipation:
A dose of Movicol is 1 sachet dissolved in
125 ml (¼ pint) of water.
Take this 1 –3 times a day according to the
severity of your constipation.
Faecal impaction:
Before you take Movicol for faecal impaction,
it should be confirmed that you have this
condition.
A dose of 8 sachets a day of Movicol is needed
for the treatment of faecal impaction. Each
sachet dissolved in 125ml (¼ pint) of water.
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.
How to mix:
Open the sachet and pour the contents into a
glass. Add about 125ml or 1⁄4 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.
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. If you need to take Movicol for
longer, please see your doctor.
Usually for long term treatment the 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 take more Movicol than you should:
You may develop excessive diarrhoea, which
can lead to dehydration. If this occurs, stop
taking Movicol and drink plenty of fluids.
If you are worried contact your doctor or
pharmacist.
If you forget to take Movicol:
Take the dose as soon as you remember to
take it.
4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side
effects, although not everybody gets them.
Tell your doctor immediately and stop
taking Movicol 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 a 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. These side effects
generally get better if you
reduce the amount Movicol
you take.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor,
pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible
side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can
also report side effects directly via Yellow Card
Scheme Website: www.mhra.gov.uk. By
reporting side effects you can help provide
more information on the safety of this
medicine.
5. How to store Movicol
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach
of children.
Do not use Movicol after the expiry date
which is stated on the sachet and carton.
Do not store above 25°C.
Once you have made up Movicol in water, if
you cannot drink it straight away keep it
covered and in the fridge (2 – 8°C). Throw away
any solution not used within a 6 hour period.
Do not throw away any medicines via
wastewater or household waste. Ask your
pharmacist how to throw away medicines you
no longer use. These measures will help
protect the environment.

Laboratoires Macors, Rue des Caillottes, Zi De
La Plaine Des Isles 89000 Auxerre, France.
Or
Sophartex, 21 rue du Pressoir 28500 Vernouillet
France.
This medicinal product is authorised in
the Member States of the EEA under the
following names:
Austria MOVICOL®-Pulver
Belgium MOVICOL®
Denmark MOVICOL®
Germany MOVICOL® V
Finland MOVICOL®
France MOVICOL®
Iceland MOVICOL®
Ireland MOVICOL®
Italy MOVICOL® 13,8 g
polvere per soluzione
orale
Luxembourg MOVICOL®
Malta MOVICOL®
Netherlands MOVICOLON®
Norway MOVICOL®
Portugal MOVICOL®
Spain MOVICOL®
Sweden MOVICOL®
Switzerland MOVICOL®
United Kingdom
MOVICOL®
This leaflet was last revised in 10/2015

MOVICOL, NORGINE and the sail logo are
registered trademarks of the Norgine group of
companies.

6. Contents of the pack and other
information
What Movicol contains
Each 13.8g sachet of Movicol contains the
following:
Macrogol 3350
13.125 g
Sodium Chloride
0.3507 g
Sodium Bicarbonate
0.1785 g
Potassium Chloride
0.0466 g
Movicol also contains lime and lemon flavour,
and acesulfame potassium as a sweetener.
Lemon and lime flavour contains the following
ingredients: acacia solids, maltodextrin, lime oil,
lemon oil, citral, citric acid and water.
When it is made into a drink with
125 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
What Movicol looks like and contents of
the pack
Movicol is a white powder.
Movicol is available in boxes of 2, 6, 8, 10, 20,
30, 50, 60 or 100 sachets. Not all pack sizes
may be marketed.
Marketing authorisation holder:
Norgine Ltd, Moorhall Rd, Harefield,
Middx UB9 6NS, U.K.
Manufacturer:
Norgine Limited, New Road, Hengoed, Mid
Glamorgan, CF82 8SJ, U.K.
Or

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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