Suprep

Generic Name: Potassium

  • What is Suprep?

    Suprep is a medicine used for bowel cleansing in preparation for a colonoscopy.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Suprep?

    Suprep can cause serious dehydration and changes in your electrolytes (chemicals that are important for the cells in your body to function, such as sodium and potassium). These changes can cause abnormal heartbeats, seizures, and kidney problems, especially if you have heart or kidney problems, or are taking diuretics (water pills) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) (such as ibuprofen).

    Tell your doctor immediately if you experience dizziness, headache, urinate less often than normal, or if you vomit to the degree that it prevents you from drinking the amount of water required to be taken with this medication.

  • Who should not take Suprep?

    Do not use Suprep if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

    Do not use Suprep if you have a blockage in your bowel, an opening in the wall of your stomach or intestine, problems with food and fluid emptying from your stomach, or a very enlarged intestine.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Suprep?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Suprep. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have a history of seizures; ulcerative colitis (inflammatory disease of the large intestine); heart, kidney, stomach or bowel problems; gout (severe and painful inflammation of the joints); problems with swallowing or impaired gag reflex; low blood sodium levels; or are withdrawing from drinking alcohol.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: The day before your colonoscopy (early in the evening), dilute one bottle of Suprep with 16 ounces of water and drink the entire amount. Drink an additional 32 ounces of water over the next hour. Then, on the day of the colonoscopy (10-12 hours after the evening dose), repeat the steps you took on the prior day with the second bottle of Suprep.

    Drink all Suprep Bowel Prep Kit solution and required water at least 1 hour prior to your colonoscopy.

  • How should I take Suprep?

    Take Suprep exactly as prescribed by your doctor.

    Please review the instructions that came with your prescription on how to properly prepare and use Suprep.

  • What should I avoid while taking Suprep?

    Do not take other laxatives while you are taking Suprep.

    Do not eat solid foods while you are taking Suprep.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Suprep?

    If Suprep is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is important to check with your doctor before combining Suprep with any other medication.

  • What are the possible side effects of Suprep?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: abdominal cramping, bloating, discomfort, nausea, vomiting

  • Can I receive Suprep if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Suprep during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Suprep?

    Suprep should be given under special circumstances determined by your doctor. If you miss taking Suprep on the day before or the day of your scheduled colonoscopy, contact your doctor for advice.

  • How should I store Suprep?

    Store at room temperature.