“ Movicol Pwder Sachets are designed to relieve the symptoms of constipation in babies. Mixed with water to use, Movicol isn't particularly pleasant tasting, but overall is a very effective medicine. „
A couple of years ago I was diagnosed with IBS ? Irritable Bowel Syndrome ? or as I sometimes call it when it flares up Irritable B*tch Syndrome. As any of you who have it, it is unpleasant, painful, embarrassing and often manifests itself in a number of different ways.Usually, mine is the sort that makes me a ?runner? ? at home, at work, in the street or in the supermarket ? and I have to find a loo immediately. It's painful and very inconvenient but always short lived, and providing I can find a loo easily, apart from being drained and weak, I can manage it well enough.However, sometimes my IBS affects me in the opposite way and I am unable to go and for the days (and days) of constipation, I have been given Movicol.Each sachet is 13.8g and contains some stuff called ?Macrogol? which increases the water content of poo making it soft and easy to pass.Recommended Dosage for Constipation.A few weeks ago I experienced what could be called normal constipation. I'd been ill from a nasty virus, and as my diet as my appetite took a dive and I could only stomach certain simple foods. I took a couple of sachets, but it didn't have the desired effect of making me go quickly and urgently.
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There are certain things you have no idea about before having children, nor did you think you would experience. People tell you about the sleepless nights, the crying, and the tantrums. But there's so much more that gets left out. Children sometimes don't sleep through the night even when they're school age, some children develop allergies, become ill with a cold ALL the time and some need assistance when going to the loo. My son being the latter. This product was prescribed to him by our GP and I've only seen this advertised online afew times for sale, so availability would need to be checked. Probably a chemist is the best port of call for purchase. Comes in 30 sachets.
Why was he prescribed this?
As my son became independent using the toilet as a toddler, he seemed less confident sorting himself out after doing a number 2, so I had to take over. Once I left him to his own devises ( with me playing supervisor ) he kept mentioning it hurt going to the toilet. When I looked at this area I noticed a small cut where I think he was abit rough to himself. What this meant was when he did go to the toilet it hurt, so he would hold it in which meant it hurt more, so becoming a vicious circle. He was given these to help make his stools softer, so that would provide more comfort, and also allow the area in question to heal ( as all the straining meant his cut wasn't healing which provided more discomfort ). This was suggested as being a very natural laxative.
What does this do?
It's a laxative designed for chronic constipation in children ( 2-11 years ), but can be used for children who suffer bad constipation ( 5-11 years ).
How does it come packaged?
The 30 sachets come in a cardboard box, white in colour and very plain and basic in design. The product name is at the top which is ' Movicol Paediatric Plain '. On the side it tells you what each sachet contains and how to use.
The product itself as mentioned comes in sachets that needs to be ripped to release the product. The sachets mirror the information that is placed on the box.
Inside with the sachets is a leaflet containing information on how this works, ingredients, allergies, side effects etc.
Each 13.8g sachet of Movicol contains:
Macrogol 3350: 13.125g, Sodium Chloride: 0.3507g, Sodium Bicarbonate: 0.1785g, Potassium Chloride: 0.0466g
How to use
Dissolve the contents of one sachet in 62.5ml of water then drink. The amount of sachets to be taken is at the discretion of the GP.
What is it like?
You can understand I don't take this myself, but what I do is mix this with my son's fruit cordial. The powder comes out white and quite fine, and immediately is seen in the drink. You have to mix it around thoroughly, but after less than a minute the drink appears clear. I don't know how this reacts in water as I place it in cordial to make it more easy for my son to drink. I've tasted this myself ( purely for this review ), and there's no taste as such but there's definitely something there. The powder changes the taste of the drink, not in a nasty or obvious way, but provides it with a slight aftertaste.
My son has been taking these for a good few months now. He started off taking one a day and is now on two. At first he wasn't too keen taking them as he immediately could tell something was in his drink, but it doesn't bother him now. Although on many occasions he avoids finishing it as he says the bottom of the drink tastes ' funny '. I can only assume this is a small amount of the powder that has settled at the bottom and hasn't fully dissolved.
From how my son was in regards to his toilet habits to how he is now is a complete change. Previous to this he would say how much pain he was in before going to the toilet, during and after, and really avoided going if and when possible. Now, he'll go without an issue and the whole process is much easier and painless. He's already mentioned on several occasions how ' his pooh is nice and soft ' ( I know-yuck! ), which is what it was meant to do. It also seems to help him relieve himself in a very natural and not forced or quick way which is important. In regards to how regularly he's going, he could still go more often, he's probably going every 2 days. He has a healthy appetite and eats a variety of food but probably could drink more fluids. Saying that, ever since he went from being a toddler to a ' child ', his movements decreased slightly, so I guess this is just how he is. But the doctor did suggest he should go from 2 sachets to 3 per day.
I've also been told by my doctor that these sachets are something my son can continue to take for a moderate amount of time, and the amount of sachets can be increased or decreased accordingly.
Slotting these in if your child goes to school can be tricky. I give my son one before school and one after. His night time drink tends to be milk. Giving him more sachets makes me feel as if I'm forever ramming these down his throat, and since he's in school during the week, time with him is much more limited than at the weekends.
Would I let my son use these again? Yes I would. Its helped him physically and emotionally to have a much more comfortable experience in the toilet. He's at that age now where he can tell me himself how he feels, if it works etc. It's also easy enough to take and thankfully isn't disgusting. Does the job, and can be altered in regards to the amount taken depending on need.
My son struggled with his bowels for the first 3-4months of his life. He would have a bowel movement about every 10 days to two weeks, and he was always crying and really straining to poo! It was awful to watch and really upsetting for me and his dad to watch him like that. After trying all different things like cool boiled water, with orange juice etc which are commonly advised by health visitors, this was not working for him at all, so we were given Movicol to try by his GP, to help him have more regular bowel movements.
I got a box of 30 sachets from the doctor and they really worked a treat. I was advised to give my son one sachet a day until he got moving again, and then just as and when he started struggling again.
To use this Movicol, you empty one sachet into 62.5 ml of water, with a baby, it must be cool boiled water, so it is sterile. The powder dissolves easily enough in the water, just by shaking my sons bottle, and the sachets are really easy to rip open. The only thing with this movicol, is the taste! My son would not drink this at all! He hated the taste of it, and I tasted it myself to see how awful it was, and it tasted salty to me, and I certainly would struggle drinking it too! I started to add some baby fruit juice to the mix, and he drank this no problem with the taste disguised in juice! 62.5ml was a little hard to measure out in my sons bottles, it is a strange measurement you need to use with the Movicol, but this was a nice small amount for my baby to drink easily.
I gave him one sachet a day for four days at first, and then we had a bowel movement! He actually went for a poo every single day after that for around 5 days, so we were really pleased, and he seemed happier and to be straining less. After this he started to get constipated again, but whenever I gave him a Movicol after this, he pooed after just a few hours of having it, it really worked for him. His bowels would then be okay for a few more days then the constipation would start again, so I just gave him a Movicol if he had not pooed for 2 days. We did this for around 2-3 months, as this medicine is safe to be used long term. With the help of this Movicol, my son started having much more regular bowel movements, and was so much happier, and I really couldn't thank the Movicol enough!
He now goes regularly every single morning, but if he ever was to get constipated again, I wouldn't hesitate about giving him this Movicol, it works really well, it's easy to use, and I would definitely recommend it, if you have a constipated child!
My son has been prescribed Movicol daily for a year now & his condition is still no better. His case is a little worse than your everyday costipation in most cases as he becomes impacted heavily. We know he has at least another few months on the treatment as the doctors are convinced that it is the best treatment, however we are not so sure.
He has the sachets every day, sometimes mixed with fruit juice but most of the time mixed with squash, it says water but they allow it in squash as even when he was admitted into hospital for treatment they were allowing him to drink it in squash, as he doesnt like the taste. Its supposed to be origional with no taste, but he knows when i have put it in,even if he hasnt seen me, so its either taste or the texture that makes him know but he always moans.
He has been on many different doses, currently 4 per day, but can go up when struggling still. He has been on 12 a day in the past, which is higher than stated, but it was doctors orders, but didnt work as well as they had hoped.
When you think of laxatives you imagine fast relief, running to the toilet, not so, after a week of 12 sachets a day this was still not the case, he even had to have 20ml of senna added to help.
I know all cases are different,so they may not be like my son who is only 10 by the way, but recently my bed riden nan has had to have this &once again she does not like the taste either, so there has to be something not nice about it, but the doctors are happy to sit there and say that its got no taste, maybe they should try it & see what they think.
Were worried that my son being on it too long is going to make things worse as long term use can cause bowels to become reliany on the medicine, which makes it lazy & stop working properly, so what they use to solve a problem, then becomes the cause of other problems.
All in all, its not what you wxpect from a laxative, doesnt taste nice & can make problems worse. Im sure there must be some more effective laxatives out there, after all we've all joked about slipping laxatives into someones drinks before now, not that we have, but its one of those funny toughts of seeing them dashing to the toilet, well this wouldnt work for that.
As the headline says, this review could get ugly ;). I'll try and spare you the gory details but the story may call for an event or two to be recalled so here goes:
Since I was 9 I suffered from a strange "bowel problem." It presented itself in the form of uncontrollable diarrhoea upon eating certain foods. Then that problem turned into constipation. This didn't really bother me for most of my childhood...but when these strange 'attacks' hit me they were debilitating and agonising.
By 16 I had managed a fairly average life and life style and that's when I was completely struck down. I suffered crippling bouts of constipation and diarrhoea intermittently and any time I was suffering an attack, I was bed bound. I still managed to hold down a job, full time education and have a social life - the will of the young is strong, I suppose. Every week I was back and forth to the doctors trying out various pills, powders and even liquid laxatives. I was also given fibre supplements and after a very serious bout of constipation I was given Movicol and told to take three sachets in one go.
Knowing the misery that is a dosage failing to pack a punch, I took four or five sachets. Very quickly they began to work. I found I had a lot of cramp before things began to work - but this is standard with any kind of laxative. Once the bowels have moved you won't experience that 'poopy pain' unless you need to go to the loo again - and even then it won't be as intense.
Making up the powder was easy - everything is measured out, you just add the powder to liquid, hold your nose (unless you enjoy the taste of metallic chalk) and swallow. The doctor had advised I make up the drink into 125ml glass of water but I couldn't bear to swallow one pint of this liquid misery so I made up a tiny amount and drank water afterwards.
Each box contains the sachets and they put me in mind of those silly diet liquid meal replacement things - so I suppose they're handy if you're travelling.
After the first time of using these I was converted - however disaster struck when I took them again and nothing happened. They seemed totally ineffective! I was mad and just stopped taking them - relying instead upon my max strength tabs and fibre supplements.
My constipation problems were still present up until I was pregnant - I had vowed I would become free of laxatives during my pregnancy because I was worried about the effects of the laxatives on the underdeveloped baby. However, I still had a long road before that point.
Fast forward from 16 to 23 and I was still suffering the same problems. At the time I was living in London and visiting my fiancé in Scotland - one of our mutual friends was coming to pick us up so we could go shopping for wedding invite supplies and I was having one of my attacks. She drove us straight to hospital meanwhile I focussed on my breathing and kept my eyes shut.
Once at the hospital, there was very little the A&E doctor could do. I said I had received enema's before when I had been this bad but he was loathe to perform one in case he perforated my bowel, instead he ordered me some Movicol and fiancé (now husband) was sent to collect the 'Script from the pharmacy. I was disheartened I had been given Movicol as I knew it was useless.
When we got back home, my fiancé mixed me up a batch and I lay sleeping on the sofa. Within an hour I felt the familiar cramps but knew that not much would happen...well, it certainly had worked. I have a theory that if you use this medicine every once in a while that it will work, but perhaps the body becomes used to it.
I was finally given an appointment with the gut doctor where he diagnosed me with having Crohn's - but even that diagnosis was off because I had three small growths (polyps) removed and all my problems with my gut resolved themselves. Ever since my pregnancy I have never had to use laxatives and I am glad to report I've not had to use Movicol!
So I would say that this product is pretty effective, but if you rely upon it, that it will probably render itself totally useless. It's also more of a stool softener so I think it should be used with another (possibly a senna based) laxative that packs more of a punch.
So what's in this? Each sachet contains Macrogol (polyethlene glycol '3350') is the laxative component of the medicine, sodium bicarbonate is an alkaline chemical so I think it's used as an anti-acid, sodium chloride, potassium chloride these are salts and give it that overly salty taste - with a gritty texture that you get from salt except this lends a more sand texture.
A week before I was due to give birth my 3 year old had been given a pound which we believed was in her pocket, she was sat in the back of the car eating grapes and suddenly started struggling as a grape of so we thought was going down whole. My husband stopped the car as she swallowed and low and behold it wasn't a grape and she had in fact took the pound from her pocket and had swallowed it. From this point there were numerous hospital visits and even an operation but they could not get to the pound without major surgery and she has had toilet problems ever since.
We took our daughter to the doctors and was told they could feel a blockage and that even though she was going to the toilet she was not getting the blockage moving and she was prescribed Movicol. Movicol comes in sachet form in a large box, each sachet contains 6.9g of powder and there are two sachets attached with perforations down the middle with 15 of these to a box. Each of these sachets contains macrogol 3350, sodium chloride, sodium bicarbonate and potassium chloride, i found it surprising that for a change i recognised names of things it contains. Movicol is only for children over 12 and adults unless under instruction from your doctor.
When she first started on these she had to have an increased dose for a couple of days so she had one sachet every night mixed with 62.5ml of water which seems a very exact amount to me but that is how we were directed to mix it up for her, we do allow a little drop of juice mixed in for her and she takes it no problem which is great as she doesn't usually like taking any medicines. The results started about 2 days after she had started taking this and finally when she went to the toilet it was my formed and she stopped complaining of tummy pains. After three days the dosage was cut to 1/2 a sachet at a time and she has been great with toilet habits ever since, we have been told that it is normal after bowel trauma that she may need this for a year or so but i'm not too worried as it doesn't cause her any distress.
And after all this, we still don't know if the pound has ever been passed!
The human body is a fantastic thing. In so many ways, it never ceases to amaze me. However, when it comes to such a straightforward and uncomplicated activity as ridding the body of waste matter, it doesn't always perform the task to our reasonable expectation.
I think it's a design fault - all that length of gut and all that unnecessarily long journey to the exit. A more credible view is that the diet of modern man is inappropriate to facilitate a trouble-free voiding experience at all times.
All that's as may be, but when the system's down and things start to back up, the pain and general discomfort of constipation can be excruciating.
Movicol is one of many remedies available and used as instructed, it does produce results. It comes in a 13.8g sachet and it is a powder that you mix into a drink. With each sachet, you mix in 125ml of water. Drink it down - it tastes awful - and hope for the best. Often, particularly if you've waited a while before taking a treatment, you won't be lucky first time. The standard dose is 1 to 3 sachets per day, but if it's really compacted, up to 8 sachets can be taken on medical advice.
The last thing you'll want is a visit from the district nurse with her long sleeved Marigolds, so if all goes well, things should begin to start churning and you'll be back to normal in due course.
If other branded remedies have failed you, then this may well be worth a try. As far as I recall, you get this from the pharmacist or prescribed by your doctor - I don't think it's on open sale in the chemists.
If the problem persists, then of course you mustn't sit suffering - go and see your doctor.
I am a 21 years old girl with severe irritable bowel syndrome. I have been suffering from this disease for more than 4 years now and I have to say that I tried almost everything on order to relief from my constipation.
Last week I went for a visit at the Wellington Hospital and the doctor suggested to me to try Movicol for few days and see how the things were going.
Every sachet of movicol contains Macrogol (polyethlene glycol '3350'), sodium bicarbonate, sodium chloride, potassium chloride. The content of the sachet should be dissolved in 125ml of water and stirred till the solution is crystal clear.
Macrogol is an inert substance that passes through the gut without being absorbed into the body. It causes the water it is taken with to be retained in the bowel instead of being absorbed into the body. This increases the water content and volume of the stools in the bowel, making them softer and easier to pass.
I really reccomend to drink a lot while taking this medicine otherwise you will just worsen your constipation.
One thing to bare in mind are the side effects. Movicol made me feel really bloated and my belly used to make weird sounds all the time.
My stool softened but I couldn't go to the loo without the help of suppositers anyway.
At the end of the story my constipation hasn't been solved and I spent lots of money (it is £11.77 for 30 sachets and I had to take up to 4 sachets a day) for a medicine that was almost useless.
I do not reccomend Movicol.
I'll apologise now for the content of this review. It's probably going to be far too much information and worse still, it may well put you off your dinner but I want to provide as much information as I can.
Right, constipation, not really the nicest of subjects to talk about. The topic in question often seems to be the butt of many a joke (even I can't resist). Jokes aside, constipation can be an unpleasant, distressing and painful experience. Frankly, I find it all a bit embarrassing to talk about. So why then am I sitting here writing about it? The reason being, I hope that my experience might be able to help somebody. Movicol Powder Sachets have and do still make a massive difference to me. I just wish they would have found their way to me sooner.
First things first, I suffer from constipation which for me is an infrequent bowel movement and difficulty when going. As a result of regularly straining when going I also have anal fissures. These are small tears in the skin around the opening of my bottom which bleed and cause sharp pains. Constipation can occur for many reasons, for example, reasons such as: lack of fibre and fluid in the diet, inactivity, stress and because of certain medical conditions. In my case, constipation occurs as a result of me regularly taking pain relieving medicines such as morphine and codeine (not at the same time) for chronic illnesses, which I have had for several years. Just in case you don't know these types of medicines are opioid analgesics and constipation as a result of taking them, especially if they are taken for a long periods of time, is very common. One of the main reasons this occurs is because these types of pain relieving medicines have an adverse effect on the gastric system. For a long time I found myself in a catch 22 situation. I was needing to take the opioids because of pain I was in, I'd got used to the side effects of nausea and feeling zombified (I don't think that's a real word but it's the best way I can describe it) but the side effect of constipation and subsequent anal fissures was just too much discomfort for my liking. Basically, it wasn't much fun.
I now know that if you regularly take opioids it is often necessary to also take a laxative regularly, in order to avoid getting constipated. Laxatives are a type of medicine that work on the bowel in order to relive constipation. Initially, because I was embarrassed I didn't want to bother my consultant or doctor with my problem. If I'm honest I thought it all seemed a bit trivial to be bothering them with. This in itself was stupid, as each time I saw them they asked me how my bowels were coping with the opioids. Instead of admitting there was a problem, I'd just smile politely and say I was fine. Instead, I attempted to self manage the constipation. This basically involved me upping my fibre and fluid intake, this didn't really have the desired effect. I then bought some Senna (the only brand of laxative I knew at the time) from Tesco. Because I was embarrassed I didn't ask for any advice from the pharmacist, instead I had a quick read of the information that came with the Senna to check I was safe to take it, I was, so I did. Half and hour after taking them I had awful tummy cramps that lasted the whole night. They did make me go to the loo though but it was all a bit frantic and painful for my liking. I carried on with the Senna but really they were not helping and I just ended up feeling worse. So by this point I decided embarrassment wasn't really my friend and headed to my doctor.
My doctor prescribed me Movicol Powder Sachets which are manufactured by Norgine. Movicol is an osmotic laxative which increases the quantity of water within the stool, as it passes through the large bowel. The increase in water makes the stool bulkier which then means the muscles in the bowel contract in order to produce a bowel movement. It is also much easier to pass the stool as it becomes much softer and lubricated as a result of the increase in water. My doctor explained that this type of laxative would be a much gentler option for me as opposed to the Senna. This is because Senna is actually a stimulant laxative and the harshest kind. This explained why I suffered from the tummy cramps and immediate urge to go.
Although I get my Movicol on prescription, I believe it is also available to buy without a prescription. It can only be purchased from a pharmacy though. You have to ask the pharmacist for it as it is kept behind the counter and is not available to just pick up off the shelves. I find places like Boots and Tesco pharmacies seem to regularly keep it in stock. I have checked on line chemists and it is available from places like Chemist Direct (www.chemistdirect.co.uk) who sell a box containing 30 sachets at a cost of £11.77. This works our quite a bit more expensive though than getting it via prescription, as the current prescription charge is £7.20.
The sachets come in a big white box bearing the Movicol name and the Norgine logo. I have to say it's not the most discreet of boxes, it has 'Effective relief from constipation' written in quite large letters on the front of it. The box I get contains 30 sachets in total but they are also available in different amounts (2, 6, 8, 10, 20, 30, 50, 60 or 100 sachets in a box). Each 13.7g sachet contains: Macrogol (13.125g), Sodium Chloride (350.7mg), Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate (178.5 mg) and Potassium Chloride (46.6g). This concoction of ingredients means that the laxative can work without the body loosing or gaining significant amounts of sodium, potassium or water (www.netdoctor.co.uk). A box of 30 sachets may sound like a lot but they do have quite a long shelf life. For example, the box I have at the moment expires at the end of 2012. One sachet equates to one dose for adults and adolescents who are over the age of 12 years. They are not recommended for children under the age of 12 but there is an alternative treatment available for children which is called Movicol Paediatric. The oral dose can be taken at any time in the day, with or without food and drink. Inside the sachet is a white powder (looks a bit like talc). The powder should be diluted in 125ml of water. Though it can be difficult to mix in with the water, it often fizzes a bit and then stays quite lumpy for a while. It doesn't look like it will dissolve at all, it just looks like a white gloop sitting on top of the water. I give it a good stir, the water then starts to look hazy, at this point I leave it for a couple of minutes after which time the powder has dissolved.
As far as drinking the treatment goes, I must say it's not the most pleasant of tastes. It does take a bit of getting used to. It mainly has a salty taste which I assume is down to its sodium content. It comes with an added lemon and lime type flavouring, this makes it a bit more palatable. I tend to mix my sachets with a little squash as well as the water (this is allowed). Taste wise, this makes them much easier to drink. If you do drink it with just water it might be worth having a mint or sweet to suck afterwards to remove the salty dry taste it leaves in the mouth. The treatment can make you feel quite thirsty so it's good to have a drink on hand also. To make things a bit easier, I sometimes make up the treatment with water in advance. I then cover it and place it in the fridge (it needs to be stored at 2-8°C) so it's ready for me to take later in the day. It does need to be consumed within a 6 hour period though, unfortunately after the 6 hour period has passed it should be thrown away.
The dose can be varied depending on your needs. The directions on the sachet recommend taking between 1-3 sachets per day. Of course, this amount does depend on how severe the constipation is and how the individual responds to the treatment. Please note, if you suffer from a heart condition then no more than 2 sachets can be taken in any one hour. The maximum dose is up to 8 sachets a day, but really this amount is only needed if you are suffering from severe constipation. Luckily, this only tends to happens to me after I have had surgery when I have to up my dose of opioids. Then, as recommended in the instructions I just dilute all of the 8 sachets in 1 litre of water. Most of the time I take it as recommended for long term management of constipation. The dose recommended for this is 1-2 sachets per day. I take this on a permanent basis because I take opioids everyday. I believe if you are suffering from a one off bout of constipation or infrequent bouts it is recommended you take between 1-3 sachets per day for up to two weeks, it can take this amount of time to get you back to being regular. If you suffer from constipation because you have Parkinson's disease or multiple sclerosis (MS) then you may need to take the treatment for longer than two weeks but as I'm sure you know this would need to be directed by your doctor.
It can take a bit of trial and error to find the level of dose suitable. On a couple of occasions, my dose has been too high and this has resulted in diarrhoea. If this happens I immediately stop taking the treatment until the diarrhoea has stopped (usually about a day) and then start taking it again but at a lower dose (for example, 1 sachet instead of 2). One of the things I find really good about this treatment is that although it definitely works it does so quite subtly. I find there is no worry of needing to madly dash to the loo, like I got with the Senna. I take the treatment first thing in the morning and it generally takes a couple of hours before I need to go to the loo. This is perhaps because I take it on a regular basis though. If you are taking it on 'an often as needed basis' I believe it can take longer for it to work (up to 24 hours). The feeling of needing to go is also a gradual one, it just feels quite natural instead of feeling immediate. So I find there is no need to be tied to the loo.
As with any medication there are a few warnings to consider. The treatment should be used in caution if you suffer from heart disease. It should not be used if you suffer from a blockage of the gut, a hole in the gut, ulcerative colitis, Ileus or Crohn's disease. As I'm sure you would know it should also not be used if you are allergic to any of the ingredients. In regards to pregnancy and breastfeeding, the safety for its use has not been established and therefore it is best to seek advice from your doctor.
The treatment does not alter your ability to drive or operate machinery. I generally don't get any side effects from the treatment but as with any medication it does depend on the individual. As with most laxatives, potential side effects include: abdominal rumbling and gurgling, nausea and diarrhoea. If you suffer from any of these it would be best to speak to a pharmacist or your doctor. If you suffer from extreme tiredness, shortness of breath, thirstiness with a headache or puffy ankles whilst taking the treatment these symptoms can indicate a disturbance in your electrolyte levels (www.netdoctor.co.uk). It would be important to stop taking the treatment and see your doctor as this would need investigating.
I would say it's definitely best to see your doctor if you think you may be constipated or have anal fissures. If you do need to take a laxative, as I have learnt, it's important to make sure you take the right type of one. Please don't be embarrassed like I was. Yes, it can be awkward to talk about and if you go to the doctors you may have to answer personal questions but it's better to get it treated sooner as opposed to leaving it, which could potentially lead to more serious problems (sorry that's the lecture over). I've been taking Movicol for two years now and I am happy to say, most of the time I can keep my constipation under control, which means I subsequently suffer less from the anal fissures. I therefore can not recommend Movicol enough.
Thanks for reading (sorry it's so long).
Movicol is powdered laxative which dissolve in water, made and distributed by Norgine Limited. Movicol can be bought from the pharmacy, online and is used in hospitals.
I came across Movicol for the best time around five days ago. Being laid up in hospital, starting new and different types of medication, most of which affected my bowels.
Constipation isn't the nicest of subjects to talk about, even with doctors and nurses and I probably wouldn't have mentioned it but it seems standard to ask patients about their bowel movements these days. After going through the option, it was decided I would start on Movicol.
Movicol comes in a box containing 20 sachets. The box is white, with red and black writing on as well as the Norgine logo.
Hardly any medicine tastes nice, especially dissolvable solutions and Movicol is no exception. However, they do try to make this pleasant by adding a slightly lemon flavour. Although this doesn't completely mask the taste of the medicine, it does make it bearable to drink without feeling nauseous afterwards.
Movicol works within 24 hours, though it make take a few sachets to achieve results. Movicol simply gets your bowel working and moving without any unpleasant side effects and doesn't create a dire, urgent need to go all of a sudden.
There's a slight aftertaste with this however it's extremely easy to get rid of and I added cordial juice to my water.
Each sachet contains 13.125g of Macrogol (Polyethylene glycol) 3350, 350.7mg of Sodium chloride, 178.5mg of Sodium Bicarbonate and 46.6mg of Potassium Chloride.
Movicol is available online and in most pharmacies. I'm unable to give you an average price as I was given these to take home by the hospital I was in, however a quick search on Google reveal these are around £11 for 30 sachets.
Overall, I would recommend these to anyone in need of relief as these work fairly quickly and most important of all; gently.
I'd never heard of this product, until of course, I was in dire need of some relief. Typically, when life was on an even keel I was as regular as clockwork - the morning was the time I emptied my bowels and felt lighter and able to do my day to day things. During this period, however, things changed. Lifestyle changes put my eating patterns in disarray and I was visiting the toilet once a week, if that - which left me feeling like I was clogged up and thus less reluctant to eat - which in itself would have caused other complications. I'd had enough! Off to see the doc again!
Within seconds of describing my symptoms the doctor ran off a prescription of MovicoI sachets. He told me to take these for 2 weeks and if movement hadn't improved, I was to go back. Fingers crossed! I was advised to take one or two of these sachets a day - dependent upon my needs. Collecting them from the pharmacy made me look twice - I was given 2 large boxes full to the brim, with a total of 60 sachets! I tried to walk away discreetly with prying eyes boring a hole through my bag. I got to the safety of my flat and immediately emptied the contents of one sachet into a glass. The instructions suggested I use 125ml or ¼ pint of water and stir the contents. I did so, and looked at the result - it gave me the impression that it would erupt out the same way it went in. I tried tasting it, thinking "how bad can it be???" The answer being a strange chemical taste, that remained with me for the next few hours, thus making it nigh on impossible to eat anything. I read the notes some more, and realised that you can add some squash to make it go down and stay down. I added some orange squash and gulped the liquid down - I did find getting it down in one helped, as the after taste was something to get accustomed to.
At the time when I first used Movicol I had been constipated for 2 weeks and so I had alot to release. Once i took the first sachet, within hours I felt the effects - although in a minor way. I had a small movement, which made me feel some sense of relief. In the first instance, I used it twice, once in the morning and once at night. Like Senna containing medication, I personally felt that this really came into effect in the night. In the morning, I felt pretty much back to my normal self - having felt as though I'd delivered a being straight into the bog hole! I guess it's dependent on what you've eaten and what your tolerance levels are in gerenal as to how well this works for you. I did carry on using it, once a day, just to ensure regularity, then I eased off and rarely use them now.
Movicol comes in sachets of 13.8g and is for oral consumption only - had a mental image of someone trying to snort it - don't reckon it would have the same effect! This laxative is for use by adolescents, adults and the elderly and not recommended for kids below the age of 12. The idea behind this medication is for you to have a comfortable bowel movement. This product can also be used for people suffering from faecal impaction (very bad constipation).
Each sachet contains 13.125g Macrogol, 0.1785g sodium bicarbonate,0.3507g sodium chloride, and 0.0466g of potassium chloride. There is also a hint of lime/lemon flavour - not that i've ever attempted to take it without drowning it in squash! Macrogel, being the main ingredient, is a passive substance that is not absorbed into the body. It somehow makes the water taken with the sachet be retained in the bowel and therefore causes the much needed movement and makes stools easier to pass. The other active ingredients are there to make sure the body does not run low on these essentials (sodium and potassium) when the bowels are being flushed out.
This can be taken thrice daily, but for me, once in the morning gave me the kick I needed. It can be taken with or without food, and at any time. An important note to take, is that if you are taking Movicol because of symptoms of Parkinsons disease or multiple sclerosis, you may need to take this for more than 3 weeks. As usual though, a doctor's advice is recommended. Probably an obvious side effect, if you take more than you should, is the inevitable diarrhoea, in which case you should lower your dose and see your doctor, if this persists. Other side effects include breathlessness, feeling weak, excessive thirst, headaches, puffy ankles and stomach aches. In all these cases it is advised that if the symptoms persist for more than 2/3 days a trip to the doc/pharmacist is called for.
In terms of storage, it should be kept away from kids at room temperature (not exceeding 25°C. In the even that you dissolve the sachet and are unable to drink it, it can be stored, covered in the fridge for up to 6 hours. The use by date on mine goes well into 2011, so I have kept the remaining box for those emergency situations!
Movicol worked for me and was truly what I needed to kick start my system. It did cost me £7.20 on prescription but, like I said, it has a long use by date and so was definitely worth spending the money.
At first I was afraid I was petrified
Kept wondering about the nagging aching - in my side;
But I spent so many nights
Thinkin' how it felt so wrong
But I grew strong
once I'd had some....Movicol
And so I'm back.. not constipated
You just walked in to find me here with deep concentration on my face
I should have changed that stupid lock
I should have made you leave your key
If I'd have known for just one second you'd bust back in on me
Quick now, Go! run out the door!
Just turn around now
before you pass out on the floor
Weren't you the one who tried to help me with good pies
Did I rumble,
Is my motion a surprise?
Oh no, not.I....I will survive
Oh as long as I can poop I know I'll stay alive;
I will survive. Hey hey.
Ok, so when you get to a certain age, from time and time your body doesn't process things like it does when you are but a svelte young whipper snapper. You might get a little bit of a back log and the first time it happens it can be a little worrying.
So you trundle off to the doctor's and of course it has to be a young female doctor because old fat doctors don't exist when you have a slightly embarrassing illness. You go in with a sore throat, old fat doctor. You go in with a migraine, old thin doctor with no teeth and a gimp leg. But the second you turn up glued to a sheep or with any kitchen implement in your backside of course they roll out the supermodel.
So she prods your belly and pushes here with a spoon and whacks a bit there with a ping-pong paddle and then tells you that you are a little bit constipated....thanks for the news flash.
I turn up at the chemist and sheepishly hand over my prescription, trying to look casual with a look that says,......."this is for my grandma and I don't even like her that much but my mother made me collect this".
...If you have ever tried to do this look, you will know it's mostly in the way you tense your eyebrows.... which ironically if you overstep it will make you look like you are constipated.
Anyway, the Doc has kindly written me a prescription for a months course, each box contains twenty 13.8g sachets and I have four boxes.....BIG boxes, in a carrier bag.
The big red letters press through the thin plastic of the Tesco bag which now reads TESCO..... underlined with only slightly obscured MOVICOL and the Tesco motto, "Every Little Helps". Brilliant!, not to mention I have enough of the stuff to unblock a team of horses.
So with the help of several strong men, I get the stuff back to my car and distribute it evenly in the boot so that the suspension doesn't get damaged and I drive home.
The dosage information is helpful, I am to take 1-3 sachets per day or for long term use 1-2 sachets. But if I would like to go for something that is worryingly called "Faecal Impactation" which sounds reassuringly decisive, I should take a massive EIGHT sachets.
Since I was not actually looking to tear a hole in the very fabric of space and time, I opted for 1 - 3 Sachets and the powder is simply dissolved into 125ml of water. It tastes mildly like lemon and lime and provides;
65 mmol/l of sodium
53 mmol/l of chloride
17 mmol/l of bicarbonate and
5.4 mmol/l of potassium.
The doctor told me it might take a few days to kick in, so I went about my business waiting until the time....I could....go about my business.
Two days and nights passed, the rain lashed against the window and I waited impatiently for the signs. I had a few false alarms although there was no movement, I noticed that the intensity and tunefulness of my gassy expulsions had increased and it was in fact halfway through a tuneful rendition of "somewhere in the night" that the first rumblings of something promising began...
Have you ever seen a movie where a nuclear explosion goes off and for the first second there is just a second of light and overwhelming silence before the shockwave hits with an almighty crash and then music reaches and impossible crescendo maybe "Hallelujah" in a C-minor with great power and a rush of emotion?
I had such a moment of complete and utter joy and relief where all my worries, figuratively and literally rushed out of me and it was a wonderfully beautiful moment.
Oh Movicol, Oh movicol
With your very fitting vowels.
With an Ohh, I-IIIII, Ohhh
You opened up my bowels.
This product is fantastic when you need a little help with your processing, It took about two weeks for me to get back to normal but it does what it says on the Sachet and I would recommend it heartily.
In fact I have a box and a half left if you come across a distressed horse or two.
A laxative for effective relief from constipation.