Movicol (Movicol-Half oral powder 6.9g sachets)

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Information specific to: Movicol-Half oral powder 6.9g sachets when used in Constipation.

Ingredients of your medicine

Medicines contain active ingredients. They may also contain other, additional ingredients that help ensure the stability, safety and effectiveness of the medicine. They are also added to improve the medicine's taste and appearance and to make it easier to take. Some may be used to prolong the life of the medicine.

You should check that you are able to take the ingredients in your medicine, especially if you have any allergies.

Movicol contains:

  • acesulfame K (E950)
  • lime and lemon flavour
  • macrogol 3350, potassium chloride, sodium bicarbonate and sodium chloride

If you are not able to take any of the ingredients in your medicine, talk to your prescriber or pharmacist to see if they can suggest an alternative medicine. If you have reacted badly to Movicol before, do not take Movicol. Talk to your prescriber, pharmacist or nurse as soon as possible.

How to take your medicine

Information specific to: Movicol-Half oral powder 6.9g sachets when used in faecal impaction.

Some medicines have specific instructions about how to take them. This is because they work better when taken correctly. These instructions can include getting the right dose and special instructions for preparing the medicine.

In the case of Movicol:

  • detailed advice on how to take Movicol can be found in the Patient Information Leaflet that comes with this medicine
  • dissolve each sachet in 62.5ml of water. If you prepare a number of sachets in advance make sure you add the correct number of sachets to the correct amount of water. You must take the prepared solution within six hours of preparing it
  • if you have a heart problem you must not take more than four sachets in an hour

If you are having problems taking this form of Movicol, you should talk to your prescriber or pharmacist. They may be able to give you advice on other ways to take your medicine or other preparations that are easier for you to take.

Information specific to: Movicol-Half oral powder 6.9g sachets when used in constipation.

Some medicines have specific instructions about how to take them. This is because they work better when taken correctly. These instructions can include getting the right dose and special instructions for preparing the medicine.

In the case of Movicol:

  • detailed advice on how to take Movicol can be found in the Patient Information Leaflet that comes with this medicine
  • dissolve each sachet in 62.5ml of water

If you are having problems taking this form of Movicol, you should talk to your prescriber or pharmacist. They may be able to give you advice on other ways to take your medicine or other preparations that are easier for you to take.

When to take your medicine

Information specific to: Movicol-Half oral powder 6.9g sachets when used in faecal impaction.

Some medicines work best if they are taken at a specific time of day. Getting the most from your medicine can also be affected by what you eat, when you eat and the times at which you take other medicines. Make sure you follow any specific instructions given to you by your prescriber or that are in the Patient Information Leaflet that comes with this medicine.

In the case of Movicol:

  • do not take medicines that are in solid form such as tablets or capsules within one hour of taking Movicol. This is because Movicol may stop tablets or capsules from being absorbed properly

Information specific to: Movicol-Half oral powder 6.9g sachets when used in constipation.

Some medicines work best if they are taken at a specific time of day. Getting the most from your medicine can also be affected by what you eat, when you eat and the times at which you take other medicines. Make sure you follow any specific instructions given to you by your prescriber or that are in the Patient Information Leaflet that comes with this medicine.

Taking too much of your medicine

Taking extra doses of some medicines can be harmful. In some cases even one extra dose can cause you problems. If you take extra doses of your medicine, you must get medical advice immediately. You may need a test to assess the effect of taking extra doses. This is because the effects of taking too much medicine are very complex so it is very important that you seek medical advice.

Contact your prescriber, pharmacist, specialist clinic or call 111 for advice.

Make sure you take all of your medicinecontainers with you if you are advised to go to hospital.

Stopping your medicine

Information specific to: Movicol-Half oral powder 6.9g sachets when used in faecal impaction.

Only stop taking this medicine on the advice of your prescriber or if the medicine has had its intended effect and you no longer need relief from your symptoms.

If you are in any doubt, contact your prescriber, pharmacist, specialist clinic or call 111.

Information specific to: Movicol-Half oral powder 6.9g sachets when used in constipation.

If you are not having any problems with this medicine, do not stop taking it unless you have completed the course or you are advised to stop taking it by your prescriber.

If you are in any doubt, contact your prescriber, pharmacist, specialist clinic or call 111.

Looking after your medicine

The instructions on how you should keep your medicine are on the pharmacy label. You should keep your medicine in the original container. This will help to keep your medicine in the best condition and also allow you to check the instructions. Do not take the medicine if the packaging appears to have been tampered with or if the medicine shows any signs of damage. Make sure that the medicine is out of the sight and reach of children.

In the case of Movicol:

  • do not store in temperatures above 25°C
  • once prepared Movicol must be kept covered. It can be stored in a refrigerator between 2 – 8°C for up to six hours. You should dispose of any unused mixture within six hours of preparation

You must not take the medicine after the expiry date shown on the packaging. If you have any unused medicine, return it to your pharmacist who will dispose of it safely.

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