Through its softening effects, Movicol provides gentle, effective and convenient relief
Read on to find out how it works and what to expect.
What is Movicol?1
Movicol is a laxative for the treatment of constipation. Movicol helps you have a comfortable bowel movement even if you have been constipated for a long time.
How does Movicol work?2
Movicol works by bringing water to the hard poo to soften it, enabling a gentle return to healthy bowel movements. The salts (electrolytes) in Movicol provide a balance of minerals that helps to minimise dehydration. Because Movicol is almost unabsorbed, it is removed from the body after it has carried out its action.
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Supported by science
Clinical studies have proven that Movicol restores healthy bowel function in patients with constipation due to a variety of causes.3-5
In a 4-week study of 2,029 people:3
98% said that tolerability with Movicol was ‘very good’ or ‘good’.
Before taking Movicol1
It is important that you read through the package leaflet that comes with your specific Movicol product before you start taking it, and that you take your medicine exactly as described in the leaflet or by your doctor, pharmacist or nurse.
Tell your doctor, pharmacist or nurse if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines. Some medicines, such as anti-epileptics, may not work as well if used while taking Movicol.
Movicol can be taken during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. However, if you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant or breastfeeding, please ask your pharmacist, doctor or nurse for advice before you start taking Movicol.
When Movicol should not be taken1
You shouldn’t take Movicol if you’ve been told by your doctor that you have any of these:
- A blockage in your intestine
- A hole in the gut wall
- Severe inflammatory bowel disease, such as ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease or toxic megacolon
- An allergy to any of the ingredients of Movicol
If you’re not sure whether Movicol is right for you, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse.
While taking Movicol1,6,7
When taking Movicol you should continue to drink plenty of fluids. The fluid content of Movicol should not replace your regular liquid intake.
Movicol does not affect your ability to drive or use machines.
Talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse if you need 3 or more sachets of Movicol every day for a long time (6 or more sachets if you are taking Movicol Half), especially if you have been advised to follow a low salt (sodium) diet.
- Every sachet of Movicol, or every 25 ml dose of Movicol Liquid, contains 186.87 mg sodium (the main component of cooking/table salt). This is equivalent to 9.3% of the recommended maximum daily dietary intake of sodium for an adult
- Movicol Half contains 93.4 mg sodium per sachet, which is equivalent to 4.6% of the recommended maximum daily dietary intake of sodium for an adult
Possible side effects1
Like all medicines, Movicol can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. If you get a serious allergic reaction that causes difficulty in breathing, or swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat, you should contact your doctor immediately and stop taking Movicol.
Other side effects include allergic reactions that 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, tummy ache, rumbles or wind, feel bloated or sick, vomit or experience soreness of the bottom. You may have mild diarrhoea when you start to take Movicol. These side effects generally get better if you reduce the amount of Movicol you take.
Reporting side effects1
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed on this website or in the package leaflet. Side effects should be reported to your regulatory agency. Side effects should also be reported directly to Norgine Ltd by emailing GPharmacoVigilance@norgine.com. By reporting side effects, you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
- Movicol 13.8g sachet, powder for oral solution. Package Leaflet: Information for the patient (Accessed October 2020).
- Movicol 13.8g sachet, powder for oral solution. SmPC (Accessed October 2020).
- Gruß H & Teucher T. Der Allgemeinarzt 1999;21:1342–1350 (Accessed October 2020).
- Attar A et al. Gut 1999;44:226–230 (Accessed October 2020).
- Alix E et al. Le Revue de Geriatrie 2001;26:65–72 (Accessed October 2020).
- Movicol Half 6.9g sachet, powder for oral solution. Package Leaflet: Information for the patient (Accessed October 2020).
- Movicol Liquid orange flavour, concentrate for oral solution. Package Leaflet: Information for the patient (Acessed October 2020).