Sterculia is a vegetable gum that absorbs up to 60 times its own volume of water i.e. six times as much as methylcellulose or psyllium. Sterculia is a bulk-forming laxative. Frangula bark powder is a peristaltic stimulant.
Adults (including the elderly) 1-2 heaped teaspoonfuls once or twice daily after meals.
Children (6-12 years old) One half of the above amount.
Normacol Plus is not recommended for children under 6 years of age.
The granules should be placed dry on the tongue (in small quantities if necessary) and, without chewing or crushing, swallowed immediately with plenty of liquid (water or cool drink).
Children may prefer to take the granules mixed with jam, honey or ice cream, immediately followed by drinking plenty of water or a cool drink.
Warnings and Precautions:
Not to be taken immediately before going to bed or in a recumbent position, especially
in the elderly. Adequate fluid intake should be maintained. Caution should be exercised in cases of ulcerative colitis. Possible fluid and electrolyte depletion in association with diarrhoea. Take with plenty of water to reduce the risk of oesophageal obstruction