What is Visicol?Visicol is a medicine used for colon cleansing in preparation for a colonoscopy.
What is the most important information I should know about Visicol?Visicol can cause serious kidney problems. This often happens within a few days, but sometimes can happen several months after taking Visicol.
Your risk for having kidney problems can increase if you experience dehydration, slow moving bowels, constipation, severe stomach pain, or bloating. Also, tell your doctor if you have any disease that causes bowel irritation, colitis (inflammation of the colon), kidney disease, or heart failure, as these conditions can increase your risk. Taking diuretics (water pills) (such as furosemide or hydrochlorothiazide) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) (such as ibuprofen) can also increase your risk for having kidney problems.
Visicol can cause severe dehydration and changes in your electrolytes (chemicals that are important for the cells in your body to function, such as sodium and potassium). These problems can cause abnormal heartbeats, seizures, kidney problems, or even death. Tell your doctor immediately if you experience vomiting, dizziness, or headaches, or if you urinate less often than normal.
Who should not take Visicol?Do not take Visicol if you are allergic to it, any of its ingredients, or if you have kidney problems because of too much phosphate.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Visicol?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Visicol. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have colitis, damage to your bowels, or had stomach surgery; trouble swallowing pills; heart, kidney, stomach, or bowel problems; symptoms of dehydration; a history of seizures; had a recent heart surgery called coronary bypass graft surgery (CABG); drink alcohol; or are on a low salt diet.
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 ≥18 years: Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate dose for you.
How should I take Visicol?Take Visicol exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take extra doses or take more often without asking your doctor.
Drink clear liquids (such as water, flavored water, lemonade with no pulp, ginger ale, or apple juice) before, during, and after taking Visicol. This can help you to prevent kidney damage.
Please review and follow the instructions that came with the prescription on how to properly take Visicol.
What should I avoid while taking Visicol?Do not take other laxatives or enemas, especially those made with sodium phosphate, while you are taking Visicol.
Do not take other medications close to the time you take Visicol. Other medications may not be absorbed from your stomach or intestines if you take them with Visicol.
Do not use Visicol if you have already used it in the last 7 days.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Visicol?If Visicol 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 Visicol with any other medication.
What are the possible side effects of Visicol?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 pain, abnormal heartbeat, bloating, fainting, nausea, seizures, vomiting
Can I receive Visicol if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?The effects of Visicol 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 Visicol?Visicol should be given under special circumstances determined by your doctor. If you miss your scheduled dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
How should I store Visicol?Store at room temperature.