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Movicol is a medication used to treat constipation and fecal impaction contains four active ingredients in powder form: macrogol, sodium chloride, sodium bicarbonate, and potassium chloride. The active ingredients in Movicol are known as electrolytes and help to maintain the proper balance of fluids in the body. It works by increasing the water retention in the intestinal tract and softening the stool to make it easier to pass.
Unlike some laxatives that work to cause bowel contractions through direct nerve stimulation, Movicol has a natural mode of action that works gently, in a way that does not disrupt the body’s normal digestive processes. This makes it a suitable treatment option for people who suffer from chronic constipation or fecal impaction.
Uses and Dosage
Movicol is available as a powder which are dissolved in water before use. To use Movicol powder, follow the instructions provided by your doctor or pharmacist. The powder should be taken orally by dissolving it in water and drinking the solution. The recommended dose may vary depending on the severity of your constipation and other factors. Take Movicol as directed and not exceed the recommended dose.
Typically, one sachet of Movicol is dissolved in about 125 mL of water and then stirred until the powder is completely dissolved. The solution should be taken immediately after it is prepared. Drinking additional water after taking Movicol can help to prevent dehydration and other possible side effects.
Movicol may take several days to produce the desired effect, and in some cases, it may take up to 2 weeks of treatment before symptoms improve. If you have any questions or concerns about using Movicol, be sure to speak with your healthcare provider.
Common Side Effects of Movicol (Sodium Bicarbonate/Potassium Chloride/Sodium Chloride/Macrogol):
- Indigestion Stomach pain (rumbles or aches)
- Bloating and wind (farting and burping)
- Feeling or being sick (nausea or vomiting)
- Sore bottom (anus)
Serious Side Effects of Movicol (Sodium Bicarbonate/Potassium Chloride/Sodium Chloride/Macrogol):
- Severe diarrhea or vomiting
- Feeling more tired than usual
- Shortness of breath
- Swollen ankles, feet, or legs (oedema)
- Muscle weakness
- Irregular heartbeat
Form and Strength
Movicol (Sodium Bicarbonate/Potassium Chloride/Sodium Chloride/Macrogol) is available in the following forms and strengths:
Sodium Bicarbonate: Powder
- 325 mg
- A cautious approach to clozapine dosage if the patient is also taking Movicol.
- Using over-the-counter laxatives to treat occasional constipation (such as Movicol) with caution.
- Alternative Movicol Junior products are available for children.
- Checking with a doctor before taking Movicol if taking other medications or if there are any concerns.
- Movicol should be stored in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. It should be kept out of reach of children.
- Allergic reactions such as rash, hives, swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Can Movicol be taken with other medications?
Movicol is generally safe to use with other medications. However, let your healthcare provider know about all medications you are taking, including over-the-counter drugs and supplements, to avoid potential drug interactions.
Is Movicol safe to use during pregnancy or breastfeeding?
Pregnant or breastfeeding women should consult with their healthcare provider before using this medication.
Can Movicol be used for long-term treatment?
Movicol is generally safe for long-term use, but it should be used only as directed by a healthcare professional.
Can Movicol be used in children?
Yes, Movicol can be used in children under the supervision of a healthcare professional.
It's important to purchase Movicol from verified Canadian pharmacy.