Sodium Phosphates Solution

Name: Sodium Phosphates Solution

Uses of Sodium Phosphates Solution

  • It is used to treat hard stools (constipation).

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Sodium Phosphates Solution?

  • If you have an allergy to sodium phosphates or any other part of sodium phosphates solution.
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • If you have heart failure (weak heart).
  • If you have kidney problems.
  • If you are using another drug that has the same drug in it.
  • If you have any of these health problems: Bowel block, hole in the bowel, or other bowel problems; electrolyte (like sodium, potassium, phosphate) problems; fluid loss (dehydrated); or had stomach or bowel surgery.
  • If you are on a low-salt or salt-free diet.
  • If you have any of these health problems: Belly pain, throwing up, or upset stomach.

This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with this medicine.

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take sodium phosphates solution with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Sodium Phosphates Solution?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take this medicine. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • Do not use other laxatives or stool softeners unless told to do so by the doctor.
  • Talk with your doctor about drinking lots of fluids and other ways to prevent fluid loss. If you have a lot of fluid loss, you may have more side effects from sodium phosphates solution.
  • Tell your doctor if you have too much sweat, fluid loss, throwing up, loose stools (diarrhea), not hungry, or more thirst.
  • Talk with your doctor before you drink alcohol.
  • If you have rectal bleeding or you do not have a bowel movement after using this medicine, talk with your doctor.
  • Very bad and sometimes deadly kidney and heart problems have rarely happened in people using these products to treat hard stools (constipation). Most of the time, this happened when people used more of sodium phosphates solution than they were told. Do not use more than 1 dose of this drug in 24 hours. If you do not pass a stool after a dose of this medicine, do not use another product that has sodium phosphate in it within 24 hours. Call your doctor to find out what to do.
  • Do not use sodium phosphates solution to clean out the bowel before an exam. Talk with the doctor.
  • Do not give this medicine to a child younger than 5 years of age.
  • If you are 65 or older, use sodium phosphates solution with care. You could have more side effects.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this medicine while you are pregnant.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.

How do I store and/or throw out Sodium Phosphates Solution?

  • Store at room temperature.
  • Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
  • Do not freeze.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.
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