Bulk laxatives are used to treat and prevent constipation.
Put Normacol® and Normacol Plus® on the tongue and swallow with at least one glass of water. They can also be sprinkled onto soft food (e.g. yoghurt) and then swallowed with water. Do not crush or chew the granules – swallow the granules whole.
Mix Konsyl D®, Metamucil® and Mucilax® in half a glass of water or juice and take immediately followed by a large glass of water.
Make sure you drink the amount of water directed and don't lie down straight after taking bulk laxatives. This is to prevent them blocking your throat or bowel.
Should an occasional dose be missed it need not be taken later.
Some medicines available without a prescription may react with bulk laxatives including:
Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products or recreational drugs.
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If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.
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Prepared by the PILs Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand. September 2017
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