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Sodium Phosphates
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

Sodium Phosphates Overview

Written by FoundHealth.

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U.S. Brand Names

Fleet® Enema Extra® [OTC]; Fleet® Enema [OTC]; Fleet® Pedia-Lax™ Enema [OTC]; Fleet® Phospho-soda® EZ-Prep™ [OTC] [DSC]; Fleet® Phospho-soda® [OTC] [DSC]; LaCrosse Complete [OTC]; OsmoPrep®; Visicol®

Canadian Brand Names

Fleet Enema®

Pharmacologic Category

Cathartic; Electrolyte Supplement, Parenteral; Laxative, Bowel Evacuant

What key warnings should I know about before taking this medicine?

• Oral solution or tablets taken before a colon exam may increase your risk of severe kidney disease. Talk with healthcare provider.

• Please read the medication guide.

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to sodium phosphates or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

Oral and injection:

• If you have any of the following conditions: Fluid in the belly, weakened heart, or underactive thyroid gland.


• If you are on a low-salt or salt-free diet.

• If you have any of the following conditions: Active colitis, chest pain or pressure, enlarged colon, intestinal blockage, poor emptying of the stomach, severe constipation, or slow movement through the intestinal tract.

Injection (I.V.):

• If you have high phosphate levels, low calcium levels or high sodium levels in your body.

How does it work?

• As a laxative, sodium phosphate pulls water into the small intestine.

• It is a source of phosphate for the body.

How is it best taken?

Bowel exams:

• Follow directions given by healthcare provider.

• You should drink clear liquids for 12 hours before starting this medicine.

• Take this medicine with a full glass of water.

• Drink plenty of noncaffeine-containing liquid unless told to drink less liquid by healthcare provider.


• Take this medicine on an empty stomach.

• A liquid (solution) is available if you cannot swallow pills.

• Those who have feeding tubes can also use the liquid. Flush the feeding tube before and after medicine is given.

• Mix dose with 1 cup of cool water.

• Take this medicine with a full glass of water.

• Do not take another dose for at least 24 hours.

• Use enema rectally.

Injection (I.V.):

• This medicine is given as a shot into a vein over a period of time.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Many times this medicine is taken on an as needed basis.

• Do not take a double dose or extra doses.

• If in preparation for an examination, take a missed dose as soon as possible.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• Bowel movements.

How should I store this medicine?

• Store at room temperature.

• Protect tablets from moisture. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

• The injection will be given to you in a healthcare setting. You will not store it at home.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

Created: 2006-10-13 15:43:26.0

Modified: 2010-05-06 14:29:18.0

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