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Movicol in Childhood Constipation (ProMotion Study)

This study has been completed.
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Norgine Identifier:
First received: November 24, 2006
Last updated: January 3, 2007
Last verified: January 2007
This was a single centre study comprised of two stages (Parts I and II). Part I was a 9-day open label evaluation of Movicol administered to patients in hospital. This study evaluated the safety and efficacy of Movicol in treating faecal impaction. Movicol was administered over 3 - 7 days to achieve disimpaction.

Condition Intervention Phase
Feces, Impacted
Drug: Polyethylene glycol 3350 NA bicarbonate NaCl KCl (Movicol)
Drug: Lactulose
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Single Centre Study to Assess the Safety and Efficacy of Movicol in the Treatment of Faecal Impaction in Children Followed by a Double Blind, Randomised Phase to Compare the Safety and Efficacy of Movicol and Lactulose for Maintenance Therapy

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • evaluate the safety and efficacy of Movicol in the treatment of faecal impaction in children.

Estimated Enrollment: 60
Study Start Date: October 2000
Estimated Study Completion Date: April 2002
Detailed Description:

Patients received Movicol treatment until disimpaction was achieved according to the following regime:

Day 1: Ages 2 – 4 received 1 (one) sachet whilst 5 – 11 year olds received 2 (two).

Day 2: Ages 2 – 4 received 2 (two) sachets whilst 5 – 11 year olds received 3 (three).

Day 3: Ages 2 – 4 received 2 (two) sachets whilst 5 – 11 year olds received 4 (four).

Day 4: Ages 2 – 4 received 3 *three) sachets whilst 5 – 11 year olds received 5 (five).

Day 5: Ages 2 – 4 received 3 (three) sachets whilst 5 – 11 year olds received 6 (six).

Day 6: Ages 2 – 4 received 4 (four) sachets whilst 5 – 11 year olds received 6 (six).

Day 7: Ages 2 – 4 received 4 (four) sachets whilst 5 – 11 year olds received 6 (six).

If on day 8 the patient was still impacted they were withdrawn from study and treated according to their individual needs. Disimpaction was assessed clinically (loss of faecal masses and passage of watery stools).

Two days following disimpaction patients were randomised (according to the randomisation list) to receive Movicol or Lactulose Dry. During bowel retraining the appropriate maintenance dose of Movicol or Lactulose Dry was determined. Patients were discharged once they were passing regular, painless, bowel actions.


Ages Eligible for Study:   2 Years to 11 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • patients that, in the opinion of the investigator, are constipated/fecally impacted as to require hospital stay to treat and/or relieve the impaction
  • children aged 2 - 11 years old inclusive
  • patients of either sex

Exclusion Criteria:

Patients with

  • intestinal perforation or obstruction
  • severe inflammatory conditions of the intestinal tract
  • uncontrolled renal/hepatic/cardiac diseases
  • uncontrolled endocrine disorder(s)
  • any neuromuscular condition affecting bowel function
  • hypersensitivity to lactulose or PEG or other constituent of Movicol
  • patients who have taken any investigational drug in the three months
  • patients or patients whose parents would in the opinion of the investigator are unable to comply with requirements of the study
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00403858

United Kingdom
St Richard's Hospital, Royal West Sussex Hospital NHS Trust
Chichester, United Kingdom, PO19 4SE
Sponsors and Collaborators
Principal Investigator: David CA Candy, MD St Richard's Hospital
  More Information

Publications: Identifier: NCT00403858     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 99/05 (Part I)
Study First Received: November 24, 2006
Last Updated: January 3, 2007

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Fecal Impaction
Intestinal Obstruction
Intestinal Diseases
Gastrointestinal Diseases
Digestive System Diseases
Polyethylene glycol 3350
Gastrointestinal Agents
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