Proper Use

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Your doctor may have special instructions for you, depending on the type of test you are going to have. If you have not received such instructions, or if you do not understand them, check with your doctor in advance.

Take this medicine exactly as directed. Otherwise, the test you are going to have may not work and may have to be done again.

This medicine comes with a Medication Guide. You must read, understand, and follow these instructions carefully. Ask your doctor if you have any questions.

It is best if you do not eat any solid food for 3 to 4 hours before you start using this medicine. You must not eat anything for 2 hours before starting to use this medicine. Once you drink your first dose of medicine, do not eat anything until after you are finished with your test.

You may drink clear liquids (eg, water, ginger ale, decaffeinated cola, decaffeinated tea, broth, gelatin) up until 2 hours before the time of the test. However, check first with your doctor. Do not drink red and purple liquids.

To use the medicine:

  • The powder must be mixed with water before it is used. Do not swallow the powder directly. Add lukewarm water to the fill mark on the bottle. If you are using flavoring powder that came with the medicine, add it before you add the water. Do not add any extra flavorings to the medicine.
  • Shake well until all the ingredients are dissolved.
  • After you mix the solution, you must use it within 48 hours.
  • You will need to drink 240 milliliters (mL) of the mixed medicine about every 10 minutes. It is best to drink it fast instead of sipping it.
  • About 1 hour after you drink the first glass of liquid, you should have your first loose stool or mild diarrhea. This is how the medicine cleans out your bowels. You may have bloating or an upset stomach before the loose stools start.
  • Keep drinking 240 mL of the mixed medicine about every 10 minutes until your stools are clear. Most people need to drink all of the liquid (4 liters) to get completely clear stools.
  • If you cannot swallow the liquid, it can be given through a tube inserted into your nose.

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 cleansing of the colon:
    • For oral dosage form (powder for oral solution):
      • Adults—240 milliliters (mL) every 10 minutes.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Storage

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

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.