- It is used to treat hard stools (constipation).
- It is used to rinse the bladder.
- If you have an allergy to sorbitol or any other 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, belly pain, upset stomach, rectal bleeding, throwing up, or change in bowel habits lasting >2 weeks.
- If you are not able to pass urine.
- If you are not able to break down fructose.
- Tell dentists, surgeons, and other doctors that you use 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.
- Do not use this drug for more than 1 week unless told to do so by your doctor.
- Do not use other laxatives or stool softeners unless told to do so by your doctor.
- If you have rectal bleeding or you do not have a bowel movement after using this drug, talk with your doctor.
- If you have high blood sugar (diabetes), you will need to watch your blood sugar closely.
- Have your blood work checked. Talk with your doctor.
- 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 or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Very loose stools (diarrhea).
- Shortness of breath, a big weight gain, swelling in the arms or legs.
- Very bad belly pain.
- Upset stomach or throwing up.
- Signs of fluid and electrolyte problems like mood changes, confusion, muscle pain or weakness, a heartbeat that does not feel normal, very bad dizziness or passing out, fast heartbeat, more thirst, seizures, feeling very tired or weak, not hungry, unable to pass urine or change in the amount of urine produced, dry mouth, dry eyes, or very bad upset stomach or throwing up.
- Signs of high blood sugar like confusion, feeling sleepy, more thirst, more hungry, passing urine more often, flushing, fast breathing, or breath that smells like fruit.
- Chest pain.
- Blurred eyesight.
- Belly pain or heartburn.
- Belly cramps.
- Upset stomach.
- Loose stools (diarrhea).
- Rectal irritation.
- Follow how to take this drug as you have been told by your doctor. Do not use more than you were told to use.
- Measure liquid doses carefully. Use the measuring device that comes with this drug. If there is none, get an oral syringe, a dropper, a spoon, or a cup (only for older children) from your pharmacist.
- Take with or without food.
- Take with a full glass of water.
- Mix with juice, milk, water, or sweet foods to make it taste better.
- If you are using this drug as an enema, use it rectally as you have been told by your doctor.
- Drink lots of noncaffeine liquids unless told to drink less liquid by your doctor.
- It is used to rinse the bladder.
- Your doctor will give this drug.
- If you take this drug on a regular basis, take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
- If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
- Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
- Many times this drug is taken on an as needed basis. Do not take more often than told by the doctor.
- Store at room temperature. Do not freeze.
- Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- The shot will be given to you in a hospital or doctor’s office. You will not store it at home.
- Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.
- 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, 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.
If you have any questions or concerns, talk with a member of your healthcare team. You can reach them Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at ____________________. After 5:00 pm, during the weekend, and on holidays, please call____________________. If there’s no number listed, or you’re not sure, call 212-639-2000.
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