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Movicol Powder Sachets
Member Name: Mama-Q
Movicol Powder Sachets
Advantages: gets things moving
Disadvantages: becomes inefficient used more than twice
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.
Summary: Holy Movicol
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