Sodium picosulfate/magnesium oxide/citric acid solution is used to clean out the intestines before surgery or certain procedures (such as colonoscopy, X-rays). It is a laxative that works by drawing large amounts of water into your intestines and stimulating the colon. This causes watery bowel movements (diarrhea). Clearing stool from the intestines helps your doctor to better examine the inside of your colon.
How to use Sodium Picosulf 10 Mg-Mg Ox 3.5 Gram-Citric Acid 12 Gram Powder Packet
Read the Medication Guide and, if available, the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start using this product and each time you get a refill. Be sure to read and follow all instructions for use from your doctor or the manufacturer before taking this product. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Follow any special diet instructions provided by your doctor. Usually, you may only have clear liquids on the day before your procedure. Do not drink milk, other dairy products, red/dark-colored liquids, or alcohol. To prevent losing too much body water (becoming dehydrated), drink as much clear liquid as you can before, during, and after drinking this medication. Try to drink not only water, but also other types of clear liquids as directed by your doctor. Follow your doctor's directions carefully.
Take this product in 2 separate doses as directed by your doctor. Carefully follow your doctor's directions for when to take each dose. The dosage is based on your age and medical condition.
This product comes as either a powder in packets that must be mixed with water before taking or as a liquid in bottles that is ready to drink. Carefully follow the instructions for your product. If you are using the powder packets, just before using, mix each dose with 5 ounces/150 milliliters of cold water as directed. Stir well until the powder dissolves completely (2 to 3 minutes), then drink all of it.
Watery bowel movements usually begin 2 to 4 hours after you drink the medication. This is normal and shows that the medicine is working. You should have access to a toilet until the effects of this medication have worn off.
Do not take any other medications by mouth within 1 hour before you start to drink this product because your body may not absorb the other medications. Some medications (such as digoxin, iron, tetracycline antibiotics, quinolone antibiotics such as ciprofloxacin/levofloxacin, chlorpromazine, penicillamine) should not be taken within 2 hours before or 6 hours after taking this product. Ask your doctor or pharmacist when to take your other medications.
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