Proper Use

Drug information provided by: Micromedex

Use this medicine only as directed by your doctor. Do not use more of it, do not use it more often, and do not use it for a longer time than your doctor ordered.

If you are using this medicine without a prescription, follow the instructions on the package.

Use as a laxative:

  • Dissolve the powder in 8 ounces (oz) of water.
  • Add lemon juice to the mixture to improve the taste.
  • Drink the mixture at least 2 hours before or after other medicines.

Use as a soaking solution:

  • Dissolve the powder in warm water for use as a compress, soaking solution, or bath.
  • As a compress, apply with a bandage or towel for 30 minutes up to 3 times per day.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For oral dosage form (powder for solution):
    • For constipation:
      • Adults and children 12 years of age and older—2 to 6 level teaspoons per day as a single dose or in 2 divided doses. Dissolve the powder in 8 ounces (oz) of water. If the dose is divided, separate the doses by at least 4 hours. Do not use more than 2 doses per day.
      • Children 6 to 11 years of age—1 to 2 level teaspoons per day as a single dose or in 2 divided doses. Dissolve the powder in 8 ounces (oz) of water. If the dose is divided, separate the doses by at least 4 hours. Do not use more than 2 doses per day.
      • Children younger than 6 years of age—Use is not recommended.
  • For topical dosage form (powder for solution):
    • For minor sprains, bruises, muscle or joint discomfort, tired feet:
      • Adults—2 cups dissolved in one gallon of warm water.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Storage

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

If the powder has settled and formed a thick layer, gently tap the carton to free the granules.