The manufacturer of Movicol, Norgine, has launched a new version of the laxative which could make it easier for patients with constipation to take the correct dose. 

Movicol Ready to Take is a ready mixed, pocket size dose for the treatment of constipation and faecal impaction in adults and adolescents over 12 years old. 

The powdered sachet version of Movicol must be thoroughly mixed with 60ml of water before ingested or blended with other drinks or food. It can be difficult to mix all the powder into the water or to add the correct amount of water, so sometimes the patient might not ingest the correct dosage. 

The new formulation offers patients a discrete and convenient way to take the laxative and takes away the guess work of sachets. 

The product is priced at £2.35 for a box of 10 stick packs, and £7.45 for a box of 30, the same price as other similar formulations in the range. 

Unfortunately, Movicol Ready to Take is not yet available for under 12s.

Take a look at our information about bowel problems for help with tackling childhood constipation and our factsheet How to Prepare Macrogol LaxativesCheck out this video for help with administering macrogol laxatives created by the 'Poo Nurses' from the Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust's Childhood Constipation service.