Oral Purgative; Pico-Salax; Picodan; Picoflo; Purg-Odan
- It is used to clean out the GI (gastrointestinal) tract.
- If you have an allergy to this drug or any part of this drug.
- If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- If you have any of these health problems: Bowel block, enlarged colon, hole in the GI (gastrointestinal) tract, or slow-moving GI (gastrointestinal) tract.
- If you have kidney disease.
- If you have electrolyte (like sodium, potassium, phosphate) problems.
- If you are taking other laxatives.
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take this drug. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Do not use other laxatives or stool softeners unless told to do so by the doctor.
- Avoid drinking alcohol while taking this drug.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this drug while you are pregnant.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Belly pain.
- Swelling of belly.
- Stomach cramps.
- Throwing up blood or throw up that looks like coffee grounds.
- Black, tarry, or bloody stools.
- Bleeding from rectum or rectal pain.
- Trouble swallowing.
- This drug may cause you to be dehydrated or have electrolyte problems. Rarely, this may be very bad or deadly. Tell your doctor right away if you get very dizzy, pass out, feel very tired or weak, or have a fast heartbeat, a heartbeat that does not feel normal, or seizures. Tell your doctor right away if you have headache, mood changes, confusion, muscle pain or weakness, more thirst, not hungry, dry mouth, dry eyes, very bad upset stomach or throwing up, if you are unable to pass urine, or if you have a change in the amount of urine produced.
- Upset stomach or throwing up.
- Take this drug as your doctor has told you. Follow all instructions you have been given closely. This includes when to take this drug, foods and drinks to avoid before the exam, and when to stop eating and drinking before the exam. Talk with your doctor if you have any questions.
- Do not eat solid food or drink milk while taking this drug.
- Do not take other drugs within 1 hour of starting this drug. Talk with your doctor about how to take your other drugs with this drug.
- Drink clear liquids before, during, and after taking this drug. Do not drink any liquids that are purple or red.
- If you have very bad belly pain, swelling, or bloating after the first dose, do not take the second dose until they go away. Talk with your doctor.
- Do not take other drugs within 1 hour of starting this drug. Some drugs may need to be separated from this drug by a longer time. Talk with your doctor about how to take your other drugs with this drug.
Powder for solution:
- Mix with water as told before you take this drug. Do not swallow the dry powder.
- This drug is ready to drink. You do not need to dilute this drug before you take it.
- Call your doctor to find out what to do.
- Call your doctor if you are not able to finish this drug before your exam.
Powder for solution:
- Store at room temperature.
- Store at room temperature. Do not refrigerate or freeze.
- Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else’s drugs.
- Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
- Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.