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Visicol 0.398-1.102gm Tablets

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Tablets
Chemical Name: SODIUM PHOSPHATE (SOE-dee-um FOS-fate)

Common uses
Visicol is a laxative used to clear the bowel before tests.

Before using
Some medicines or medical conditions may interact with this medicine. INFORM YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST of all prescription and over-the-counter medicine that you are taking. DO NOT TAKE OR USE other laxative products with this medicine. ADDITIONAL MONITORING OF YOUR DOSE OR CONDITION may be needed if you are taking “water pills” (such as hydrochlorothiazide); medicines affecting the heart rhythm (QT prolongation) such as cisapride, pentamidine, certain antibiotics (quinolones such as moxifloxacin; or macrolides such as erythromycin), psychiatric medicines (such as chlorpromazine, amitriptyline, ziprasidone, or risperidone), quinidine, procainamide, sotalol, or amiodarone; or medicines that may increase your seizure risk (such as tramadol). DO NOT START OR STOP any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval. Inform your doctor of any other medical conditions, including a history of abnormal heartbeat, seizures, withdrawal from alcohol or benzodiazepines (such as lorazepam or diazepam), electrolyte abnormalities, syndrome of inappropriate secretion of antidiuretic hormone (SIADH), adrenal insufficiency, dehydration, ongoing inflammatory bowel disease, scleroderma, uncontrolled thyroid disease, kidney disease, kidney or urinary stones, allergies, pregnancy, or breast-feeding. This medicine should be used with caution if you have had a heart attack or heart surgery within the past 3 months. USE OF THIS MEDICINE IS NOT RECOMMENDED if you have appendicitis or are currently experiencing abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, or other symptoms of appendicitis; rectal bleeding; or if you have a history of gastrointestinal disease (including retention, impaction, obstruction, severe ongoing constipation, perforation, inflammation, toxic megacolon, or slowed movement), severe kidney disease (including kidney failure), unstable angina, abdominal swelling (ascites), uncontrolled electrolyte abnormalities (including abnormal blood sodium, phosphate, potassium, or calcium levels), or congestive heart failure. Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns about using this medicine. Use of this medicine in children under age 18 is not recommended. Discuss with your doctor the risks and benefits of giving this medicine to your child.

Directions
Follow the directions for using Visicol provided by your doctor. TAKE THIS MEDICINE on an empty stomach. DO NOT EAT ANY SOLID FOOD for 12 hours prior to starting this medicine until your procedure is complete. Drink only clear liquids. STORE THIS MEDICINE at room temperature at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C), away from heat and light. Brief storage between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. NOTIFY YOUR DOCTOR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if you are unable to finish taking this medicine prior to your test.

Cautions
DO NOT TAKE THIS MEDICINE if you have had an allergic reaction to it or are allergic to any ingredient in this product. DO NOT EXCEED THE RECOMMENDED DOSE unless directed by a doctor. Serious side effects may occur from excess dosage. Do not repeat a course of this medicine within 7 days. This medicine will produce a loose or watery stool in 3 to 6 hours or less. Undigested or partially digested tablets may be seen in the watery diarrhea. If you are taking other medicines, this medicine may interfere with them. Discuss any concerns you have with your doctor. Talk with your doctor before taking this medicine if you are on a low salt diet. This medicine contains sodium. Your blood pressure may be affected if you take this medicine. KEEP ALL DOCTOR AND LABORATORY APPOINTMENTS while you are taking this medicine. THIS MEDICINE MAY CAUSE DIZZINESS. DO NOT DRIVE, OPERATE MACHINERY, OR DO ANYTHING ELSE THAT COULD BE DANGEROUS until you know how you react to this medicine. This medicine comes with desiccant packets to keep your tablets dry. DO NOT EAT the desiccant packets. CAUTION IS ADVISED WHEN USING THIS MEDICINE IN THE ELDERLY because they may be more sensitive to the effects of this medicine. FOR WOMEN: IF YOU PLAN ON BECOMING PREGNANT, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using this medicine during pregnancy. IT IS UNKNOWN IF THIS MEDICINE IS EXCRETED in breast milk. IF YOU ARE OR WILL BE BREAST-FEEDING while you are using this medicine, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects
SIDE EFFECTS that may occur while taking this medicine include abdominal discomfort or bloating, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and headache. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. Diarrhea is an expected effect of this medicine. CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY if you experience tingling of lips, tongue, fingers or toes; confusion; unusual tiredness or weakness; excitability; muscle cramps; irregular heartbeat; or seizures. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.

Drug interactions
Drug interactions can result in unwanted side effects or prevent a medicine from doing its job. Use our drug interaction checker to find out if your medicines interact with each other.

If you take too much
If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include, confusion, excitability, muscle cramps, irregular heartbeat, or seizures.

Additional information
DO NOT SHARE THIS MEDICINE with others for whom it was not prescribed. DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE for other health conditions. KEEP THIS MEDICINE out of the reach of children.

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