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Generic Name: sodium biphosphate-sodium phosphate

It is used to treat constipation or to clean the bowel before a colonoscopy
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What is this medicine?

SODIUM PHOSPATE SALT (SOE dee um FOS fate sawlt) is a saline laxative. It is used to treat constipation or to clean the bowel before a colonoscopy.

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

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • abnormal blood levels of electrolytes like sodium, phosphate, potassium or calcium
  • bowel problems like colitis, constipation, and obstruction
  • change in bowel habits lasting more than 2 weeks
  • chest pain
  • dehydration
  • heart failure
  • kidney disease
  • on low salt or sodium diet
  • stomach pain, nausea, vomiting
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to sodium phosphate, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for rectal use only. Do not take by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Wash your hands before and after use. Remove tip from enema bottle. Gently insert enema tip into the rectum. Squeeze bottle until almost all of the medicine is inside the rectum. Remove enema tip from the rectum and stay in position until the urge to evacuate is strong. Do not use more often than directed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 2 years old for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What if I miss a dose?

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

What may interact with this medicine?

Interactions are not expected.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

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

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
  • irregular heart beat
  • rectal bleeding
  • seizures

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
  • bloating
  • dizziness
  • headache
  • nausea and vomiting
  • stomach pain

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.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.


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