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Package leaflet: Information for the patient

MOVICOL Plain 13.7g 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
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.
The name of your medicine is MOVICOL Plain 13.7g
Sachet, powder for oral solution but will be referred to
as Movicol Plain throughout this leaflet.
What is in this leaflet:
1. What Movicol Plain is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you take Movicol
3. How to take Movicol Plain
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Movicol Plain
6. Contents of the pack and other information
1. What Movicol Plain is and what it is used for
Movicol Plain 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 Plain helps you to have a comfortable bowel
movement even if you have been constipated for a
long time. Movicol Plain also works in very bad
constipation called faecal impaction.
2. What you need to know before you take
Movicol Plain
Do not take Movicol Plain if your doctor has told
you that you have:
- a blockage of your intestine (gut obstruction,
paralysis of the intestine (ileus))
- a perforated gut wall
- severe inflammatory bowel disease like ulcerative
colitis, Crohn’s disease, or toxic megacolon
- an allergy to the active substances of Movicol
Plain (listed in section 6).
Warnings and precautions
When taking Movicol Plain you should continue to
take plenty of fluids. The fluid content of Movicol
Plain should not replace your regular liquid intake.
Heart conditions
Follow the special instructions in section 3 if you are
taking Movicol Plain for faecal impaction.
Other medicines and Movicol Plain
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 Plain.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Movicol Plain can be taken during pregnancy and
whilst breast-feeding. If you are pregnant, trying to
become pregnant or breast-feeding, ask your
pharmacist or doctor for advice before taking Movicol
Driving and using machines
Movicol Plain does not affect your ability to drive or
use machines.
3. How to take Movicol Plain
This medicine can be taken any time with or without
Dissolve the content of each sachet in 125ml (1⁄4
pint) of water and drink.
A dose of Movicol Plain is 1 sachet dissolved in
125ml (1⁄4 pint) of water.
Take this 1–3 times a day according to the severity of
your constipation.
Faecal impaction:
Before you take Movicol Plain for faecal impaction, it
should be confirmed that you have this condition.
A dose of 8 sachets a day of Movicol Plain is needed
for the treatment of faecal impaction.
Each sachet dissolved in 125ml (1/4 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 Plain solution is clear or slightly hazy, then
drink it. If you are taking Movicol Plain for faecal
impaction it may be easier to dissolve 8 sachets in 1
litre of water.
Duration of treatment
Treatment with Movicol Plain usually lasts for about 2
weeks. If you need to take Movicol Plain 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 Plain
for longer than 2 weeks. If you need to take Movicol
Plain 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 Plain can be for up to 3 days.
If you take more Movicol Plain than you should
You may develop excessive diarrhoea, which can
lead to dehydration. If this occurs, stop taking
Movicol Plain and drink plenty of fluids. If you are
worried contact your doctor or pharmacist.
If you forget to take Movicol Plain
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 Plain if you:
Get a serious allergic reaction which causes
difficulty in breathing or dizziness, 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 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
Plain. These side effects generally get better if you
reduce the amount of Movicol Plain 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 the Yellow Card Scheme at:
By reporting side effects you can help provide more
information on the safety of this medicine.
5. How to store Movicol Plain
Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not store above 25°C.
Once you have made up Movicol Plain in water, if
you cannot drink it straight away keep it.
Store the reconstituted solution at (2–8°C) (in a
refrigerator and keep covered). Throw away any
solution not used within a 6 hour period.
Do not take the medicine after the expiry date
which is stated on the carton and sachet label
after ‘Exp’. The expiry date refers to the last day
of that month.
If the powder becomes discolored or shows any
signs of deterioration, seek the advice of your
Remember if your doctor tells you to stop taking
the powder, return any unused sachets to your
pharmacist for safe disposal. Only keep this
medicine if your doctor tells you to.
Medicines should not be disposed of via
wastewater or household waste. Ask your
pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer
required. These measures will help to protect the
6. Contents of the pack and other information
What Movicol Plain contains
Each 13.7g sachet of Movicol Plain contains the
Macrogol 3350
Sodium chloride
Sodium Bicarbonate
Potassium chloride
When it is made into a drink with 125 millilitres of
water each sachet gives the equivalent of:
65 millimoles/litre
53 millimoles/litre
Hydrogen Bicarbonate 17 millimoles/litre
5.4 millimoles/litre

What Movicol Plain looks like and contents of the
Movicol Plain is a white free-flowing, almost
odourless powder for oral solution.
Movicol Plain is available as pack of 30 or 50
Manufactured by: Norgine Ltd, New Road,
Tir-y-Berth, Hengoed, Mid Glamorgan, CF82 8SJ,
Procured from within the EU and repackaged by
the Product Licence holder: B&S Healthcare,
Unit 4, Bradfield Road, Ruislip, Middlesex,
HA4 0NU, UK.
MOVICOL® Plain 13.7g Sachet, powder for oral
solution; PL 18799/2591
Leaflet date: 30.06.2016
Movicol is a registered trademark of VELINOR AG

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