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Sodium Sulfate; Potassium Sulfate; Magnesium Sulfate Oral Solution

What is this medicine?

SODIUM SULFATE; POTASSIUM SULFATE; MAGNESIUM SULFATE (SODIUM SUL fate; poe TASS i um SUL fate; mag NEE zee um SUL fate) is a laxative. It is used to clean out the bowel before a colonoscopy.

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Your doctor will tell you what time to start this medicine. Take exactly as directed. Do not skip a dose or stop your medicine early.

This drug comes with INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE. Ask your pharmacist for directions on how to use this drug. Read the information carefully. Talk to your pharmacist or health care provider if you have questions.

Take other drugs that you take by mouth at a different time of day than this drug. Take this drug at least 1 hour after taking your other drugs. Some drugs may need to be separated by longer. Talk to your pharmacist about when to take your medicines.

You will need to follow a special diet before your procedure. Talk to your doctor. You may drink clear liquids while taking this medicine and up until 2 hours before the colonoscopy.

A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 12 years for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • bloody or black, tarry stools

  • seizures

  • signs and symptoms of a dangerous change in heartbeat or heart rhythm like chest pain; dizziness; fast, irregular heartbeat; palpitations; feeling faint or lightheaded; falls; breathing problems

  • symptoms of gout

  • trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine

  • trouble swallowing

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • bloating

  • headache

  • nausea, vomiting

  • stomach pain

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:

  • other laxatives

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • certain antibiotics like ciprofloxacin, doxycycline, levofloxacin, moxifloxacin, tetracycline

  • certain medicines for blood pressure, heart disease, irregular heartbeat

  • certain medicines for depression, anxiety, or psychotic disorders

  • chlorpromazine

  • digoxin

  • diuretics

  • iron

  • medicines for seizures

  • NSAIDs, medicines for pain and inflammation, like ibuprofen or naproxen

  • penicillamine

What if I miss a dose?

This does not apply. This medicine is not for regular use.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • dehydration

  • diet low in salt

  • gout

  • heart disease

  • high or low levels of calcium, magnesium, potassium, or sodium in the blood

  • irregular heartbeat

  • kidney disease

  • seizures

  • stomach or intestines problems

  • trouble swallowing

  • withdrawing from drinking alcohol or from taking benzodiazepines

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to magnesium sulfate; potassium sulfate; sodium sulfate, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

You will need to follow a special diet before your procedure. Talk to your health care professional.

Talk to your healthcare professional if you are not able to complete the regimen as prescribed.

Do not use with any other laxatives. Drink fluids as directed to prevent dehydration. See your healthcare professional right away if you do not have a bowel movement after using this medicine.

Author: StayWell Custom Communications
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