What is it?

Normacol is made up of granules of gluten-free sterculia. It has the appearance of 'bird seed.'

What is it used for?

It is a bulk-forming laxative used to relieve constipation. It works by increasing the mass of stool which presses on the intestinal wall stimulating peristalsis, thus promoting a bowel motions.

It may take a few days before sufficient bulk has built up to cause a bowel movement. This is quite usual and you should continue with the treatment.

How do I take it?

5-10 ml are taken twice daily following breakfast and the evening meal. The granules are swallowed whole with 1-2 large glasses of water. It can also be sprinkled on food or taken in yoghurt etc. to help it 'slip' down.

The dose can be adjusted once a regular soft stool has been achieved.

Are there any precautions?

Insufficient fluid intake can occasionally lead to obstruction of the bowel. Fluid intake should usually be at least one and a half litres daily (and not limited to tea and coffee).

It should not be taken immediately before bedtime when fluid consumption is normally considerably reduced.

Are there any side effects?

Normacol may cause:
• flatulence (wind)
• abdominal distension
• obstruction (if inadequate fluids are taken).