SODIUM SULFATE; MAGNESIUM SULFATE; POTASSIUM CHLORIDE (SODIUM SUL fate; mag NEE zee um SUL fate; poe TASS i um klor ide) cleans the bowel out before a medical procedure. It works by increasing the amount of water your intestine absorbs. This softens the stool, making it easier to have a bowel movement. It also increases pressure, which prompts the muscles in your intestines to move stool. It belongs to a group of medications called laxatives.
This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): SUTAB
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
Take this medication by mouth. Take it as directed on the label. Your care team will tell you what time to start this medication. Do not skip a dose or stop your medication early.
This medication comes with INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE. Ask your pharmacist for directions on how to use this medication. Read the information carefully. Talk to your pharmacist or care team if you have questions.
Take other medications that you take by mouth at a different time of day than this medication. Take this medication at least 1 hour after taking your other medications. Some medications may need to be separated by longer. Talk to your pharmacist about when to take your medications.
You will need to follow a special diet before your procedure. Talk to your care team. You may drink clear liquids while taking this medication 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 care team about the use of this medication in children. Special care may be needed.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
This does not apply. This medication is not for regular use.
Do not take this medication with any of the following:
This medication may also interact with the following:
This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.
You will need to follow a special diet before your procedure. Talk to your care team.
Talk to your care team 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 care team right away if you do not have a bowel movement after using this medication.
Side effects that you should report to your care team as soon as possible:
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report these to your care team if they continue or are bothersome):
This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Keep out of the reach of children and pets.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Get rid of any unused medication after your medical procedure.
To get rid of medications that are no longer needed or have expired:
NOTE: This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.
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