Sodium Picosulfate

Description

Sodium Picosulfate is a laxative medicine used in the treatment of constipation. It stimulates the movement within the intestines which helps facilitate the passage of stool. It is also used with other medicines for bowel cleansing before colonoscopy or surgery. This medicine is available in different dosage forms like oral solution, tablet, syrup. Sodium Picosulfate may cause side effects like nausea, vomiting and headache. Consult your doctor if any of these symptoms persist. Sodium Picosulfate increases water loss so it is advised that you drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration and electrolyte loss. Sodium Picosulfate should be taken at bedtime as it can take 6-8 hours to produce the effect. Sodium Picosulfate should be taken 2 hours after other medicine as it can affect their absorption. It should not be used for more than 5 days as prolonged use can cause electrolyte imbalance and dependence on Sodium Picosulfate. Sodium Picosulfate is not recommended for use in children below the age of 10 years. Consult your doctor before using this medicine, if you are pregnant or are breastfeeding. Sodium Picosulfate is not recommended if you have any dehydration, electrolyte imbalance, stomach or intestine blockage disorders. Inform your doctor immediately if you feel any stomach discomfort while using this medicine. This medicine is to be taken along with a high-fibre diet including fruits and vegetables for best results.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Sodium Picosulfate

  • Diarrhoea
  • 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 Sodium Picosulfate can be observed within 6-8 hours after taking it.
  • Duration of effect
    The amount of time for which Sodium Picosulfate remains effective in your body is not known.
  • 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 for Sodium Picosulfate.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    Sodium Picosulfate is not recommended to be used in pregnancy unless necessary. Discuss all the risks and benefits with your doctor before taking this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    Sodium Picosulfate is safe to be used during breastfeeding. However, consult your doctor before using this medicine.

Allergy

Avoid taking Sodium Picosulfate if you are allergic to it. If you notice any symptoms such as a skin rash, itching/swelling anywhere on your body, dizziness, breathing difficulty, etc., consult your doctor immediately.

Ileus or intestinal obstruction

Sodium Picosulfate is not recommended for use if you have ileus or intestinal obstruction problem as this medicine may increase the risk of worsening your condition.

Inflammatory bowel disease

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a group of disorders that cause chronic pain and swelling in your intestines. Sodium Picosulfate is not recommended for use if you have inflammatory bowel disease due to the increased risk of worsening your condition.

Severe dehydration

Sodium Picosulfate is not recommended for use if you have severe dehydration as it may worsen your condition.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

Sodium Picosulfate is not recommended to be used in pregnancy unless necessary. Discuss all the risks and benefits with your doctor before taking this medicine.

Breast-feeding

Sodium Picosulfate is safe to be used during breastfeeding. However, consult your doctor before using this medicine.
General warnings

Prolonged use

Sodium Picosulfate is not recommended for use for more than 5 days due to the increased risk of dependence (it becomes difficult to pass stool without using it). It may also cause fluid and electrolyte imbalance on prolonged use.

Use in children

Sodium Picosulfate is not recommended for use in children less than 10 years of age as no safety data is available.

Hypokalaemia

Prolonged use of Sodium Picosulfate may decrease the potassium levels in your blood. Your doctor may suggest tests to monitor your potassium blood levels while you are on treatment with this medicine.

Driving or Operating machinery

Sodium Picosulfate may cause dizziness, fainting, etc in some people. It is advised that you do not perform any activities such as driving vehicles or operating machines if you experience any of these symptoms during treatment with this medicine.

Missed Dose

Sodium Picosulfate 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

Never take more than the prescribed dose. Seek emergency medical treatment in case of an overdose with Sodium Picosulfate.
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 Sodium Picosulfate as instructed by the doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts than prescribed. Seek emergency medical treatment if you experience severe side effects. Do not stop the use of this medicine without consulting your doctor. Keep away from the reach of children and pets. Ensure that the unused medicine is disposed of properly.
Miscelleneous

To be taken with food

To be taken at bedtime only

Does not cause sleepiness

How it works
Sodium Picosulfate increases the bowel movements by activating the muscles in the bowel and makes it easier to pass the stools.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Approved

Approved

Classification

Category

Laxatives

Schedule

Schedule H

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Information on this page was last updated on 24 Sep 2021

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