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Sod Phos Mono-Sod Phos Dibasic
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This medication is used to clean out the intestines before a colonoscopy. Sodium phosphate is a laxative that works by drawing large amounts of water into the colon, causing you to have watery bowel movements. This cleans out the intestines so that your doctor can clearly view them during your colonoscopy.

 
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Sod Phos Mono-Sod Phos Dibasic

Uses
This medication is used to clean out the intestines before a colonoscopy. Sodium phosphate is a laxative that works by drawing large amounts of water into the colon, causing you to have watery bowel movements. This cleans out the intestines so that your doctor can clearly view them during your colonoscopy.
Notes
  • Do not share this medication with others.Laboratory and/or medical tests (e.g., blood mineral levels, EKG) may be performed to monitor your progress or check for side effects.
  • Consult your doctor for more details.

Storage
  • Store at room temperature at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C) away from light and moisture.
  • Brief storage between 59-86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) is permitted.
  • Do not store in the bathroom.
  • Keep all medicines away from children and pets.


How To Use
  • Take this medication according to the following directions or exactly as directed by your doctor.
  • Take each dose by mouth with at least 8 ounces (240 milliliters) of clear liquid.
  • The evening before your colonoscopy, take 4 tablets every 15 minutes with liquid as directed.
  • Repeat this dose every 15 minutes until you have taken 5 doses (20 tablets).
  • The next day, start taking the medication 3-5 hours before the colonoscopy.
  • Take 4 tablets every 15 minutes with liquids as directed until you have taken 3 doses (12 tablets).You should not use any other laxative products with sodium phosphate while taking this product or for 7 days after treatment is finished.
  • Doing so may increase your risk for severe side effects.Dosage is based on your age.Watery bowel movements usually begin 1 hour after you start to take the tablets.
  • Since the bowel movements can be very large/watery, drink more clear liquids so that you do not lose too much body water (become dehydrated).
  • Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more information.The watery bowel movements from sodium phosphate may decrease the absorption of your regular medicines.
  • Consult your doctor or pharmacist about how to minimize this effect.Follow any special dietary restrictions or instructions given by your doctor.
  • A period of not eating is usually recommended, usually starting 12 hours before taking this medication and lasting until after the colonoscopy.
  • Only clear liquids are allowed during this time.
  • Solid food is usually allowed after the colonoscopy.This medication may cause psychological dependence, especially if you have an eating disorder (e.g., bulimia) and use it for weight loss.
  • This medication should not be used for weight loss due to the possibility for severe side effects.
  • Though very unlikely, abnormal drug-seeking behavior (addiction) is possible with this medication.
  • Do not take this medication more frequently or for a longer time than prescribed.
  • Tell your doctor if you have an eating disorder.

Side Effects
  • Very watery bowel movements are expected with this medication.
  • Nausea, vomiting, stomach/abdominal pain or bloating, dizziness, and headache may occur.
  • If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects.
  • Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: severe dizziness/lightheadedness, muscle weakness/cramping, dry mouth, fast heartbeat, fast breathing, black/bloody stools.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: irregular heartbeat, fainting, seizures, decrease in the amount of urine.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare.
  • However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing.If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions
  • See also How to Use section.Before taking sodium phosphate, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies.This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions.
  • Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: chronic heart failure, conditions that cause fluid to build up in the abdomen (e.g., liver failure, low levels of proteins in the blood, cirrhosis), unstable chest pain (angina), problems with emptying the stomach/intestines (e.g., stomach retention, ileus, blockage of the intestines, severe chronic constipation), conditions causing slow movement of the intestines (e.g., hypothyroidism, scleroderma), hole in the intestines (perforation), recent worsening of colitis, low levels of certain minerals in the blood (e.g., calcium, potassium), high levels of certain minerals in the blood (e.g., sodium, phosphate), severe loss of body water (dehydration).Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: irregular heartbeat, heart attack or heart surgery within the last 3 months, persistent low blood minerals or dehydration, kidney problems, seizure problem, swallowing problems, narrowing of the swallowing tube (esophagus), conditions that affect body water (e.g., syndrome of inappropriate ADH).Caution is advised when using this drug in the elderly because they may be more sensitive to the effects of the drug, especially kidney problems, dehydration, and irregular heartbeat.During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed.
  • Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk.
  • Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Missed Dose
  • This medication should be used as scheduled.
  • If you miss a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for instructions.
  • Do not double the dose to catch up.

Drug Interactions
  • See also How to Use section.Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them.
  • Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor or pharmacist first.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use, especially of: "water pills" (diuretics such as furosemide and hydrochlorothiazide), ACE inhibitors (e.g., lisinopril, enalapril), angiotensin receptor blockers (e.g., losartan), nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (e.g., ibuprofen, naproxen).Sodium phosphate can rarely increase the risk of an abnormal heart rhythm (QTc prolongation in the EKG) from certain medications.
  • These drugs include amiodarone, dofetilide, sotalol, and erythromycin, among others.
  • QTc prolongation can infrequently result in a serious (rarely fatal) irregular heartbeat.
  • Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details and for instructions on how you may minimize the risk of this effect.Also report the use of drugs which might increase seizure risk when combined with sodium phosphate such as isoniazid (INH), phenothiazines (e.g., thioridazine), and tricyclic antidepressants (e.g., amitriptyline), among others.
  • Consult your doctor or pharmacist for details.If you are currently using any of these medications listed above, tell your doctor or pharmacist before starting sodium phosphate.

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