Active substance(s): POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 / POTASSIUM CHLORIDE / SODIUM BICARBONATE / SODIUM CHLORIDE / POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 / POTASSIUM CHLORIDE / SODIUM BICARBONATE / SODIUM CHLORIDE / POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 / POTASSIUM CHLORIDE / SODIUM BICARBONATE / SODIUM CHLORIDE
This product is available using the above name but will be referred to as
Movicol throughout the following leaflet.
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.
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.
Follow the special instructions in section 3 if you are taking Movicol for
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
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.
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.
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
How to mix:
Open the sachet and pour the contents into a glass. Add about 125ml or ¼
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:
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.
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/yellowcard. By reporting side effects you can help provide
more information on the safety of this medicine.
5. HOW TO STORE MOVICOL
• Do not store your Movicol above 25°C.
• Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
• Do not use Movicol after the expiry date on the label. The expiry date
refers to the last day of that month.
• Once you have made up Movicol in water, if you cannot drink it straight
away put it in the fridge (2-8°C) and keep it covered. Throw away solution
not used within six-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.
• If the powder becomes discoloured or show any other signs of
deterioration, consult your pharmacist who will tell you what to do.
6. CONTENTS OF THEN PACK AND OTHER INFORMATION
The name of this medicine is Movicol Sachets. Each 13.8g sachet contains:
When it is made into a drink with 125 millilitres of water, each sachet gives
the equivalent of:
Movicol Sachets also contain lime and lemon flavour, and potassium
acesulfame as a sweetener.
There are 20 sachets in a box.
Each sachet contains 13.8 grams of Movicol white powder.
You add the powder to water to make a drink.
PL No: 15814/0431
Movicol is made by Laboratoires Sophartex, 21 rue du Pressoir, 28500
Vernouillet, France OR Norgine Ltd, New Road, Hengoed, Mid Glamorgan
CF82 8SJ OR Laboratorios Macors, rue des Caillottes, ZI De La Plaine Des
Isles, 89000 Auxerre, France and procured from within the EU by the
Product Licence holder: O.P.D. Laboratories Ltd., Unit 6 Colonial Way,
Watford, Herts WD24 4PR.
Leaflet revision and issue date (Ref) 18.04.2016.
Movicol is a registered trademark of Norgine group of companies.
To request a copy of this leaflet in Braille, large print or audio please call
01923 332 796.
Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure that the information provided here is accurate, up-to-date and complete, but no guarantee is made to that effect. Drug information contained herein may be time sensitive. This information has been compiled for use by healthcare practitioners and consumers in the United States. The absence of a warning for a given drug or combination thereof in no way should be construed to indicate that the drug or combination is safe, effective or appropriate for any given patient. If you have questions about the substances you are taking, check with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.