Is MOVICOL and macrogol the same?

Is MOVICOL and macrogol the same?

Macrogol is also called by the brand names Movicol, Laxido, CosmoCol, Molaxole or Molative. Paediatric powder sachets will be prescribed for children under 12 years of age, these brands include CosmoCol Paediatric and Movicol Paediatric.

What is the use of MOVICOL sachet?

It is a laxative for the treatment of constipation in adults, adolescents and elderly. It is not recommended for children below 12 years of age. Movicol helps you to have a comfortable bowel movement even if you have been constipated for a long time. Movicol also works in very bad constipation called faecal impaction.

How long does it take for a MOVICOL sachet to work?

MOVICOL® usually takes 1 to 2 days to trigger the first bowel movement.

When should you not use MOVICOL?

a blockage in your intestine (gut obstruction, ileus) a perforated gut wall. severe inflammatory bowel disease like ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease or toxic megacolon. an allergy to the active substances or any of the other ingredients of Movicol (listed in section 6).

Is it OK to take MOVICOL everyday?

The recommended dose of Movicol is 1 sachet a day. This can be increased to 2 or 3 sachets daily if necessary.

Does MOVICOL cause gas?

The main active ingredient, macrogol 3350, goes straight to the bowel where, by retaining a set amount of water, it softens, expands and lubricates the stool to trigger peristalsis – in the same way as your normal bowel movement. MOVICOL® does not ferment either, which means less likelihood of gas or bloating/wind.

What is better than MOVICOL?

Laxido is a cheaper alternative to movicol. You can see a breakdown of the ingredients of Laxido and Movicol sachets below.

What are symptoms of constipation in adults?


  • Passing fewer than three stools a week.
  • Having lumpy or hard stools.
  • Straining to have bowel movements.
  • Feeling as though there’s a blockage in your rectum that prevents bowel movements.
  • Feeling as though you can’t completely empty the stool from your rectum.

Can I take MOVICOL at night?

After mixing, MOVICOL® can be stored for 24 hours in the fridge for later consumption. You can take MOVICOL® at any time of day that is convenient.

What is the chemical name of Movicol?

Movicol sachets and liquid contain macrogol (polyethylene glycol ‘3350’), which is a type of medicine known as an osmotic laxative. Movicol also contains sodium bicarbonate, sodium chloride and potassium chloride.

What is the difference between Movicol and macrogol?

Movicol also contains sodium bicarbonate, sodium chloride and potassium chloride. Macrogol is an inert substance that passes through the gut without being absorbed into the body. It relieves constipation by causing water to be retained in the bowel instead of being absorbed into the body.

What are Macrogols used for?

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How do you take macrogol?

Macrogol comes as sachets of powder that you mix with water to make a drink, a ready-mixed solution to drink, or a liquid that you need to dilute before drinking. It’s available on prescription and to buy from pharmacies.