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Drug Information

What is Sodium Picosulfate used for?

Sodium Picosulfate is used to relieve constipation.

Sodium Picosulfate may also be prescribed for other conditions as determined by the doctor.

How does Sodium Picosulfate work?

Sodium Picosulfate belongs to the class of drugs called laxatives. This drug acts by stimulating the nerve endings in the walls of large intestine and rectum, which promotes the peristaltic movement. This movement helps in emptying the bowel and relieving constipation.

How to use Sodium Picosulfate?

The dosage and the drug form depend on the age, weight and medical condition of an individual. Use Sodium Picosulfate as prescribed by your doctor.

  • Swallow the whole tablet. Do not crush or chew the tablet. Take the drug with or without food. However, taking the drug with food prevents stomach upset.
  • Shake the suspension well before taking each dose so as to ensure the uniform mixing of the drug. Use a measuring cup while taking each dose.

If you miss a dose of Sodium Picosulfate, please take it immediately once you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for the missed dose.

The overdose symptoms of Sodium Picosulfate may include:

  • Diarrhoea
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Hypokalaemia
  • Imbalance in electrolytes

What are the drugs that interact with Sodium Picosulfate?

Drugs that interact with Sodium Picosulfate include the following:

  • Amoxicillin
  • Bendroflumethiazide
  • Doxycycline
  • Erythromycin
  • Furosemide
  • Prednisolone

This is not a comprehensive list of drug interactions. Consult your doctor to know more about other possible drug interactions.

What are the side effects of Sodium Picosulfate?

The following are the most common side effects of Sodium Picosulfate:

  • Diarrhoea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

The following are the severe side effects and you may require immediate medical attention:

  • Allergic reaction
  • Trouble breathing
  • Severe dizziness
  • Swelling of face/throat

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Please consult your doctor to know more about other possible side effects.

What special precautions should be followed while using Sodium Picosulfate?

  • Avoid using the medicine if you are allergic to Sodium Picosulfate or similar drugs.
  • Do not exceed the dose of more than what is prescribed.
  • Seek doctor’s advice before using any other drug or herbal products while on Sodium Picosulfate.
  • Keep the medication out of reach of children.
  • Consult your doctor before using Sodium Picosulfate medication during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
  • Be cautious while using Sodium Picosulfate medication if you have any history of liver disease or epilepsy.

You are advised not to use Sodium Picosulfate if

  • it has passed the expiry date of the medicine printed on the pack.
  • the foil or packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering or there is discolouration.

What should you tell your doctor before using Sodium Picosulfate?

  • Tell your doctor if you have any history of the severe inflammatory disease or severe dehydration.
  • Inform the doctor if you are taking any other drugs, OTC medications, herbal products or nutritional supplements.

Frequently asked questions about Sodium Picosulfate

  1. Do I need to follow any dietary precautions while using Sodium Picosulfate medication?
  2. Increase the intake of fibre-rich foods and drink plenty of water while taking Sodium Picosulfate.

  3. How should Sodium Picosulfate be stored?
  4. Sodium Picosulfate should be stored at room temperature, away from heat, sunlight and moisture.

  5. How long can I use Sodium Picosulfate?
  6. Sodium Picosulfate should be used for a prescribed duration of time. Excessive use of the medication can cause chronic diarrhoea and electrolyte imbalance.

  7. Is it safe to use Sodium Picosulfate if I have undergone appendectomy?
  8. It is not advisable to use Sodium Picosulfate if you have undergone appendectomy. Please consult your doctor.


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