Sodium Picosulfate

Description

Sodium Picosulfate is a laxative used in the treatment of constipation; it prevents dry and hard stools. It is also used with other medicines for bowel cleansing before colonoscopy or surgery.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Sodium Picosulfate

  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Stomach cramps

Uses of Sodium Picosulfate

What is it prescribed for?

  • Constipation
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The effect of this medicine can be observed within 6-12 hours of administration of the dose.
  • Duration of effect
    The amount of time for which this medicine remains effective is subject to vary based on the strength of the dose, the form of administration, and the individual constitution.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit-forming tendencies were reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to sodium picosulfate or any other inactive ingredients present along with it.

Ileus or intestinal obstruction

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients suffering from ileus or intestinal obstruction due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition.

Inflammatory bowel disease

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients suffering from acute inflammatory bowel diseases due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition.

Severe dehydration

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients suffering from severe dehydration due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.
General warnings

Prolonged use

This medicine is not recommended for use for more than 5 days due to the increased risk of dependence. It may also cause fluid and electrolyte imbalance on prolonged use.

Use in Children

This medicine is not recommended for use in children less than 10 years of age unless prescribed by your physician.

Hypokalaemia

Prolonged use of this medicine may decrease the potassium levels in the blood. Close monitoring of potassium levels, appropriate dose adjustments, or replacement with a suitable alternative may be necessary based on the clinical condition.

Driving or Operating machinery

Use of this medicine may cause dizziness, syncope, etc in some patients. It is advised that you do not perform any activities such as driving a vehicle or operating machinery if you experience any of these symptoms during treatment with this medicine.

Missed Dose

This medicine is generally used as needed. If you are on a scheduled dosing regimen of this medicine, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not double the dose to make up for the missed one.

Overdose

Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine

Diuretics

Antibiotics

Disease interactions

Disease

Information not available.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Take/Administer this medicine exactly as instructed by the doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts than prescribed/advised. Seek emergency medical treatment in case of any severe adverse effects. Ensure that the course of treatment is completed. Do not stop the use of this medicine without consulting your doctor.
Miscelleneous

To be taken with food

To be taken at bedtime only

Does not cause sleepiness

How it works
This medicine increases the bowel movements by stimulating the muscles in the bowel and makes the stools easy to pass from the body.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Approved

Approved

Classification

Category

Laxatives

Schedule

Schedule H

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http://www.mhra.gov.uk/home/groups/par/documents/websiteresources/con2033258.pdf

Dulcolax Pico Liquid - Summary of Product Characteristics (SmPC) - (eMC) [Internet]. Medicines.org.uk. 2018 [cited 20 September 2018]. Available from:

https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/905/smpc

Sodium picosulfate - DrugBank [Internet]. Drugbank.ca. 2018 [cited 20 September 2018]. Available from:

https://www.drugbank.ca/salts/DBSALT001831

Sodium picosulfate for constipation | Medicines for Children [Internet]. Medicinesforchildren.org.uk. 2018 [cited 20 September 2018]. Available from:

https://www.medicinesforchildren.org.uk/sodium-picosulfate-constipation

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Information on this page was last updated on 11 Jun 2019

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