Norgalax Disposable Microenema 10g 6 Pack

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Alexandra Moses - Medical Content Writer
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Medical Content Writer
07/09/2021
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What is Norgalax Disposable Microenema? 

Norgalax Disposable Microenema is a simple-to-use gel that provides fast relief for the struggles and discomfort of constipation. This product may also be used if you need to clear your bowels before an examination, such as a colonoscopy.

How to use this product

Always use Norgalax Microenema exactly as described in the patient information leaflet or as your doctor / Chemist4U pharmacist has told you. To use, remove the cap and carefully press until a small amount of gel is lubricating the neck of the tube. Gently insert the neck into your back passage and squeeze until empty.

You should feel an effect within 20 minutes, so it’s advisable to stay close by to a toilet until the product has worked. Likely, you will only need to use one tube, but if needed, you can use a second later on in the day. Prolonged use is not recommended, and if you’re still constipated after 5 days of using Norgalax Micoenema, you should speak to your GP.

How does docusate sodium relieve constipation?

Norgalax Microenema contains the active ingredient docusate sodium, which is a type of medicine called a laxative. It works by allowing water and fat to penetrate the hard, dry stools to make them softer and easier to pass. 

Additionally, docusate sodium stimulates the nerves in the colon and rectum, making the muscles in the bowel contract more frequently. With this increased pressure, it shifts the stools through the colon to the rectum so your bowel can be emptied without straining.

What is constipation?

Constipation isn’t just about not being able to go to the toilet - rather, it describes a collection of symptoms that include:

  • Hard, pellet-like stools

  • Excessive straining

  • A sensation that you are unable to go

  • A decrease in bowel movements

However, it’s important to remember that constipation is subjective to the individual, and it’s very normal to not have a daily bowel movement. The source of constipation varies, but it could be caused by medication, fibre, dehydration, stress, exercise, hormones, or ignoring the urge to go to the toilet.

Is Norgalax Microenema suitable for children? 

This product should not be used for children aged 12 years or under. If your child is suffering from any discomfort caused by constipation, speak to a doctor for expert advice and suitable treatments.

Is Norgalax Microenema suitable for pregnant and breastfeeding women? 

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, think you may be pregnant, or are planning to have a baby, you must ask your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist for advice before using any new medicine.

When should this product not be used? 

Norgalax Microenema may be unsuitable for certain people. Do not use this product if you are allergic to any of the ingredients or if you have any of the following:

  • Hemorrhoids (piles)

  • A tear in the back passage (anal fissure)

  • Bleeding or inflammation in the rectum or colon

  • If you have inflammatory bowel disease (such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease)

  • If you feel sick, have been sick in the last 24 hours, or if you have stomach pain

  • A blockage in the gut (intestinal obstruction)

Are there any side effects? 

Like all products, Norgalax Microenema may cause side effects in some people, but these won’t affect everybody. Seek emergency medical attention if you notice any signs of a severe allergic reaction, symptoms of which include swelling of the face and throat, skin rash, breathing difficulties and/or loss of consciousness. Side effects may include pain or burning in the anal or rectal area, a rash and bleeding.

Prolonged or excessive use of laxatives may lead to diarrhoea, low potassium levels in the blood (hypokalaemia) and an imbalance of electrolytes in the body. It may also make constipation worse in the long term as your body will rely on the laxative.

For more information on potential side effects, refer to the patient information leaflet. If you experience any side effects, including any not included in the patient information leaflet, you can report them using the MHRA Yellow Card Scheme

Storage information

Store below 25°C in a cool, dry place out of sight and reach of children. Do not use after the expiry date, referring to the last day of the month stated on the packaging. Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste.

Important information

This product is a medicine; make sure to speak to your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist before taking this product if you have an underlying medical problem or are taking any other medicine or complementary therapy. If your symptoms get worse or continue after taking this product, contact us or your doctor. For medical services in your area, please refer to https://www.nhs.uk

If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor or our pharmacist before taking this product. If you suffer from any allergies, ask your doctor or our pharmacist if this medicine is right for you.

Store all medicines out of sight and reach of children.

Please read the included leaflet carefully before using this product.

Please contact your GP if appropriate regarding this product.

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