Proper Use

Drug information provided by: IBM Micromedex

Take this medicine exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more of it, do not take it more often, and do not take it for a longer time than your doctor ordered. To do so may increase the chance of side effects.

This medicine comes with a Medication Guide. Read and follow these instructions carefully. Ask your doctor if you have any questions.

Swallow the tablet whole. Do not crush, break, or chew it. You may take this medicine with or without food.

If you have trouble swallowing the tablet, you may mix the contents with applesauce or water.

  • To mix with applesauce: Crush the tablet to a powder and mix with 1 teaspoonful of applesauce. Swallow the mixture immediately without chewing. Do not store it for later use.
  • To mix with water: Place the tablet in a clean cup and pour 30 milliliters (mL) of water on it. Mix by gently swirling the tablet and water mixture in the cup for at least 10 seconds. Swallow the entire mixture immediately. If any portion of the tablet is left in the cup, add another 30 mL of water to the cup and swirl for at least 10 seconds. Drink the water right away to make sure all of the medicine is taken. Do not store it for later use.
  • The water mixture may also be used with a nasogastric or gastric feeding tube. After the mixture is given, flush the tube with an additional 30 mL of water.

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 (tablets):
    • For chronic idiopathic constipation and irritable bowel syndrome with constipation:
      • Adults—3 milligrams (mg) once a day.
      • Children 6 years of age and older—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
      • Children younger than 6 years of age—Use is not recommended.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

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.

Keep the medicine in a dry place. Protect from moisture. Keep the tablets in the original bottle until you are ready to use it. The bottle contains a desiccant packet that helps protect the tablets from moisture. Do not remove the packet from the bottle.