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CosmoCol

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Mohamed Imran Lakhi Content Administrator GPhC: 2060586 Updated on: 02/12/2020 Next review: 02/06/2021

What Is CosmoCol?

CosmoCol is a laxative medication that is used to treat constipation. It is especially useful for those who have been constipated for a long time.

Those who suffer from faecal impaction – long term constipation that has led to a blockage within the colon or rectum due to the large amount of stools – will also find CosmoCol to be helpful.

Constipation is a common affliction. While it is more common in women - especially during pregnancy - and the elderly, it can happen to anyone for a variety of reasons.

Common causes of constipation include:

  • A low fibre diet
  • Not drinking enough water
  • Medicine (such as opioids)
  • Lack of exercise
  • Pregnancy
  • Ignoring the urge to go to the toilet

Usually, making a change to your diet or lifestyle can help you overcome your constipation. However, if dietary changes have not worked effectively, you may consider laxatives such as CosmoCol.

Before taking any laxatives, it's important to speak to your doctor or a pharmacist to find the most suitable laxative for you. Your doctor or pharmacist will be able to inform you which laxatives are safe and how to take them to relieve your condition.

Laxatives should be used for a short term. If you find that you need to use laxatives regularly, or if laxatives have been ineffective at treating your condition, speak to your doctor.

Where Can I Buy CosmoCol?

You can buy CosmoCol over the counter in the UK from your local pharmacy. If popping down to the pharmacy is inconvenient for you, you can guy CosmoCol online from reputable online pharmacies such as Prescription Doctor.

When you buy CosmoCol online from Prescription Doctor, our pharmacy will package your item in discreet, plain, tamper-proof packaging to ensure your privacy. If your order is approved before 3pm on weekdays, your item will be dispatched the same day for a next-day delivery.


How Does CosmoCol Work?

CosmoCol works by softening the faeces that has been difficult to pass. This should offer relief from constipation as it makes the stools more easily passable.

Due to the electrolytes within this medication, patients taking CosmoCol should not become dehydrated or unwell when using it. If you do feel unwell, you must seek urgent medical assistance.


How Do I Take CosmoCol?

Always take CosmoCol on the instructions of a pharmacist or doctor. CosmoCol comes in sachets and is taken as a drinkable mixture that you need to make up yourself.

Empty one sachet of CosmoCol into a glass and add 125ml of water.

Stir the mixture until the powder has entirely dissolved. Remember, it may take up to two minutes for the powder to completely dissolve, and you should always wait until it has.

Once the powder has dissolved, drink the mixture.

The recommended dose is no more than three sachets in any 24-hour period. CosmoCol can be taken with or without food.

CosmoCol is available in 3 flavours: plain, orange, and lemon & lime.


CosmoCol Side Effects and Cautions

Before you take CosmoCol, it's important to read the patient information leaflet. This leaflet contains instructions on how to store and use CosmoCol, as well as critical information about the safety of the medicine, such as side effects and contraindications.

You can view the patient information leaflet for CosmoCol online here

If you have any doubts about anything in the leaflet, speak to your doctor or a pharmacist for advice.

Who Should Not Take CosmoCol?

You should not take CosmoCol for constipation if you:

  • are allergic to any of the ingredients including sodium chloride, potassium chloride, magrogol 3350, and sodium hydrogen carbonate
  • have a perforated bowel wall
  • have IBS (inflammatory bowel disease), Crohn’s disease, or a similar condition
  • have an intestinal block (ileus)

Who Should Get Medical Advice Before Using CosmoCol?

Those who are pregnant or breastfeeding should seek medical advice before starting a course of CosmoCol.

This medication is suitable for those over the age of 12. For those under 12, a parent or guardian should speak to a doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Side effects

  • Abdominal (stomach) pain
  • Flatulence (wind)
  • Mild diarrhoea
  • Nausea (feeling sick)
  • Soreness of the anus (bottom)
  • Stomach rumbling
  • Swelling of your abdomen (feeling bloated)
  • Vomiting (being sick)

This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. Further information regarding the safety of CosmoCol can be found within the patient information leaflet enclosed with your medicine.

If you experience any side effects, regardless of whether they are listed above or in the patient information leaflet, inform your doctor right away.

Allergies

Do not take CosmoCol if you are allergic to macrogol 3350, potassium chloride, sodium chloride or any of the other ingredients listed in the patient information leaflet.

If you experience an allergic reaction after taking CosmoCol, top taking the medicine immediately. Seek urgent medical attention by going straight to the nearest accident and emergency department. Remember to take the packaging and any remaining medicine with you so that doctors know exactly what you have taken.

Signs of an allergic reaction include:

  • Chest tightening
  • Dry, red and cracked skin
  • Itchy, red watery eyes
  • Raised, itchy, red rash (hives)
  • Swelling of the lips, tongue, eyes or face
  • Tummy pain, nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea
  • Wheezing

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

If you are pregnant, think you might be pregnant, or breastfeeding, seek advice from your doctor or a pharmacist before you take CosmoCol.

Other safety information

Always speak to your doctor before you buy CosmoCol online from Prescription Doctor.

Please inform our medical team of all medicines you are currently taking, including those prescribed by your doctor, or bought over the counter, as well as health and herbal supplements.

While taking laxatives, it's important to keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water. You should try to drink between 6 to 8 glasses of water throughout the day.

Do not take CosmoCol past the expiry date printed on the packaging. The date refers to the last day of the specified month. For example, "EXP: 03/2025" means the 31st of March 2025.

Never throw away medicines via household or water waste. Take any unwanted or expired medicine to your local pharmacy and ask them dispose of it safely on your behalf.

Always store CosmoCol out of sight and reach from children and pets.

Never share your medicine with anybody else, even if they are experiencing the same symptoms or have the same condition as you.


Frequently asked questions

What should I do if I forget to take CosmoCol when I should?

If you forget to take a dose of CosmoCol then you should take one as soon as you do remember. If it is nearly time for your next dose, wait until the correct time and skip the missed dose. Never take a double dose to make up for missing an earlier one.

Since CosmoCol is a medication to be taken as required (up to three times in a 24-hour period) there are no specific timings for taking it.

What should I do if I take too much CosmoCol?

Too much CosmoCol can cause severe stomach pains and abdominal swelling. It can also lead to diarrhoea and vomiting. If you take too much CosmoCol you should consult your doctor or a pharmacist as soon as possible.

Can I drink alcohol while taking CosmoCol?

You can drink alcohol while taking CosmoCol and alcohol will have no effect on the efficacy of the medication. However, alcohol can be problematic when suffering from constipation and should ideally be avoided.

Will CosmoCol impact my ability to drive or operate machinery?

CosmoCol will not impact your ability to drive or operate machinery.

How long can I take CosmoCol for?

CosmoCol should not be taken for more than two weeks at a time.

How long does CosmoCol take to work?

CosmoCol may take up to 3 days to take effect. If you do not notice an improvement in your condition after a week of taking CosmoCol, speak to your doctor.

Does CosmoCol cause weight loss?

CosmoCol should not be used for weight loss.


Table of contents

What is CosmoCol?

How does CosmoCol work?

How do I take CosmoCol?

CosmoCol side effects and cautions

Frequently asked questions

Sources

NHS, 2020. Constipation.

NHS, 2019. Laxatives

Stirling Anglian Pharmaceuticals Ltd, 2015. CosmoCol Plain powder for oral solution: Summary of Product Characteristics

Treatment information

  • Product Name: CosmoCol
  • Manufacturer: Stirling Anglian Pharmaceuticals
  • Active Ingredient(s): Potassium chloride, sodium chloride, sodium hydrogen carbonate, macrogol 3350
  • Administration: Oral
  • Presentation: Powder for oral solution
  • Available Strength: 13.125g Macrogol 3350
  • Exemption: Pharmacy
  • Dosage: 1 sachet mixed with 125ml of water up to 3 times a day.
  • Description: CosmoCol is a laxative used for the treatment of chronic constipation.
  • Drug Class: Laxative
  • Alcohol Consumption: Avoid excessive alcohol consumption as it may exacerbate symptoms
  • When Pregnant: Speak to your doctor before taking CosmoCol if you are pregnant or think you might be pregnant.
  • When Breastfeeding: Speak to your doctor before taking CosmoCol if you are breastfeeding.
Click here to view the CosmoCol - Patient Information Leaflet

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