sodium biphosphate-sodium phosphate (generic name)

It is given before a colonoscopy
(SOE dee um FOS fate sawlts)
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What is this medicine?

Sodium Phosphate salts (SOE dee um FOS fate sawlts) are used to clean out the bowel. It is given 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 electrolytes like sodium, phosphate, potassium or calcium
  • bowel problems like colitis, constipation, and obstruction
  • chest pain caused by angina
  • dehydration
  • heart failure
  • kidney disease
  • seizures
  • 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?

Take this medicine by mouth with a full glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. You must drink at least 8 ounces of clear liquids with each dose of this medicine. Examples of clear liquids are water, flavored water, lemonade (no pulp), ginger ale, or apple juice. Do not drink any liquids colored purple or red. If you do not drink enough liquids while you are taking this medicine you can get dehydrated, which can cause serious side effects.

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 pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Interactions are not expected.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Do not use any other bowel-cleansing preparations, like enemas, while you are taking this medicine. Take only clear liquids starting at least 12 hours before starting 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
  • seizure
  • trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine

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.

Last Updated: October 10, 2012
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