MoviPrep

Drug List

MoviPrep

Drug Name

MoviPrep (Sodium Sulfate and Ascorbic Acid)

Manufactured By

Salix Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

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Class

Treats Disease/Condition

Uses

PEG (polyethylene glycol) with electrolyte is used to clean out the intestines before certain bowel exam procedures such as colonoscopy or barium enema X-rays. It is a laxative that works by drawing large amounts of water into the colon. This effect results in watery bowel movements. Clearing stool from the intestines helps your doctor to better examine the intestines during your procedure.

How To Use

Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start taking this medication and each time you get a new prescription for it. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Follow any special diet instructions provided by your doctor. Be sure to ask your doctor about acceptable foods/liquids you may eat or drink before the procedure; otherwise the exam may have to be repeated. Finish your evening meal at least 1 hour before starting this medication. After you start drinking this medication, do not eat any solid food until after your procedure is done. To prevent losing too much body water (becoming dehydrated), drink plenty of clear liquids as directed by your doctor. Before using this product, mix it as directed. Read and follow all directions provided by the manufacturer to mix this product. After mixing, you may place the container in the refrigerator until ready to drink. Chilling the mixed liquid may improve its taste. Take this product by mouth without food or as directed by your doctor. Dosage is based on your age and medical condition. The night before your procedure, quickly drink one 8-ounce glass (240 milliliters) of the mixture every 15 minutes until you finish the first container (1 liter), or take as directed by your doctor. Drink the second liter of prepared solution either the night before your procedure (one-and-a-half hours after the first liter) or on the morning of your procedure as directed by your doctor. After drinking each liter of the prepared solution, you should drink additional amounts of water or other clear liquid as directed by your doctor or on the Instructions for Use leaflet. It is best to drink the mixed liquid quickly instead of sipping slowly. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions about how to mix or take this product or what to expect after taking this product. Watery bowel movements usually begin about 1 hour after you start to drink the mixed liquid. The bowel movements can be very large and watery. Do not take any other medications by mouth within 1 hour of starting to drink the mixed liquid because your body may not absorb the other medications. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure when to take your other medications.

Side Effects

Very watery bowel movements are expected with this medication. Nausea, bloating, or feelings of fullness in the stomach/abdomen are very common. Stomach/abdominal cramps, vomiting, and anal irritation occur less often. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly. If severe bloating or abdominal pain occurs, drink the mixture more slowly or temporarily stop drinking the mixture until the symptoms improve. Tell your doctor right away if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: vomit that is bloody or looks like coffee grounds, chest pain, fast/slow/irregular heartbeat, dizziness, fainting, seizures, sudden shortness of breath, signs of kidney problems (such as change in the amount of urine), severe or persistent stomach/abdominal pain, bloody stools, rectal bleeding. A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing. This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Drug Interactions

Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval. Some products (especially drugs that can change the amount of water, sodium, or potassium in your body) that may interact with this drug include: "water pills" such as thiazide diuretics, some heart/blood pressure medications called ACE inhibitors (such as captopril, enalapril).

In Case of Overdose

If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.

In Case of Missed Dose

Not applicable.

Storage

Store the unmixed powder at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. After mixing the solution, you may store it in the refrigerator. Use within 24 hours after mixing. Discard any unused mixture. Keep all medicines away from children and pets.