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Sorbitol solution miscell.
SORBITOL - ORAL

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

SORBITOL - ORAL

Uses

This medication is used as a laxative to treat occasional episodes of constipation.

How To Use

This medication is usually taken by mouth. Do not use for longer than one week and do not take with additional laxatives or stool softeners unless directed by your doctor. Laxatives should only be used temporarily until normal bowel habits return. Prolonged use can lead to laxative dependence. This medication may also be used rectally as an enema after properly mixing. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Side Effects

Nausea, gas, diarrhea, stomach cramps or anal irritation may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these serious side effects occur: rectal bleeding, vomiting, weakness, dizziness, persistent urge to empty the bowel. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these highly unlikely but very serious side effects occur: black, tarry stools. An allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions

This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: undiagnosed stomach pain, nausea/vomiting, rectal bleeding, a sudden change in bowel habits lasting over 2 weeks. Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: any allergies. Contact your doctor promptly if your constipation is not relieved after using this medication for one week. Caution is advised when using this drug in the elderly because they may be more sensitive to the effects of the drug. Caution is advised when using this drug in children because they may be more sensitive to the effects of the drug. This medication is not recommended during pregnancy. Consult your doctor if you are pregnant. It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Drug Interactions

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription products you may use, especially of: other laxatives, stool softeners, sodium polystyrene sulfonate. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include: stomach cramps, diarrhea.

Notes

Do not share this medication with others. Consult your doctor for a plan that is right for you to prevent constipation. The plan may include drinking more fluids, increasing bulk or fiber in your diet, and regular exercise.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.

Storage

Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medicines away from children and pets.