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Dibasic sodium phosphate + Monobasic sodium phosphate - Oral - Patient Medicine Information

> Why do I need this medicine?
> How do I take this medicine?
> When should I not use this medicine?
> What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
> What side effects could I experience?
> Can I take this with other medicines?
> What special dietary instructions should I follow?
> How should I store this medicine?

 
Other Known Brands
  • Fleet Phos    

Why do I need this medicine?

Dibasic sodium phosphate and Monobasic sodium phosphate are combined together in this medicine.

This medicine is used to relieve occasional constipation.

This medicine belongs to a group of medicines called osmotic laxatives. These laxatives work by increasing water in the bowel, which makes the stools softer so they move out of the body more easily.

This medicine may also be used for bowel cleansing before surgery or bowel examinations.

How do I take this medicine?

Take Dibasic sodium phosphate + Monobasic sodium phosphate exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

This medicine is available as a tablet or oral liquid.

If you are taking the tablets for bowel cleansing, take this medicine with 250 mL (1 cup) of clear liquids each time. Clear liquids may include water, flavoured water or pulp-free fruit juice. Avoid purple or red coloured liquids. Drink water before and after the bowel examination.

If you are taking the oral liquid for constipation, dilute this medicine in 250 mL of water (1 cup) then take on an empty stomach at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals. Follow the diluted dose with an extra cup of water. Do not repeat this medicine within 24 hours.

You may stop taking this medicine when you have no more constipation.

Check with your doctor or nurse on how to take this medicine if you are taking it for bowel cleansing.

When should I not use this medicine?

Alert your doctor if you have the following conditions:
  • stomach and bowel disease or disorder e.g. blocked bowel, ruptured bowel, dilated colon, movement disorder of intestine, abnormal accumulation of fluid in abdominal cavity, inflammation of the bowels, gastric bypass surgery (surgery to make stomach smaller)
  • proven kidney injury due to phosphate
  • heart failure
  • severe kidney disease
as this medicine may not be suitable for you.

Do not take this medicine when you are experiencing nausea, vomiting, and stomach pain.

Do not take Dibasic sodium phosphate + Monobasic sodium phosphate with other constipation medicines containing sodium phosphate.

What should I take note of while taking this medicine?

Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:
  • heart diseases e.g. recent heart attack, irregular or abnormal heart beat, chest pain that is not well controlled
  • electrolyte imbalance (imbalance of certain ionised salts e.g. sodium, phosphate, potassium in the blood)
  • history and risk of seizures (fits)
  • impaired gag reflex (protective reflex to prevent object from throat)
  • severe chronic constipation
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Be sure to check with your doctor or pharmacist before giving Dibasic sodium phosphate + Monobasic sodium phosphate to the elderly or debilitated patients.

What lifestyle changes can I make to prevent constipation?

You can adopt some of the following lifestyle changes to help prevent constipation:
  1. Include high-fibre foods such as fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole-grain cereals and breads in your diet. Add fibre to your diet gradually to help reduce gas and bloating.
  2. Drink plenty of liquids. Limit caffeine intake, which may worsen symptoms of constipation by causing dehydration.
  3. Be active and exercise regularly.
  4. Do not ignore the urge to have a bowel movement.

What side effects could I experience?

Dibasic sodium phosphate + Monobasic sodium phosphate may cause dizziness. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.

Other side effects include any of the following: nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, bloating and headache.

Some side effects may be serious, although they are not common. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience:
  • weakness, tiredness, muscle cramps, thirst, irregular heartbeat
  • confusion or memory loss, hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that are non-existent), bone fracture, and numbness and tingling in the hands, feet, and face
  • seizures, muscle twitching
  • numbness and tingling around the mouth, rash, itchy skin, bone and joint pain
  • difficulty urinating, swelling of legs, ankle, and feet.
Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.

Can I take this with other medicines?

Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:
  • medicines for high blood pressure e.g. enalapril, perindopril, losartan, valsartan, amiodarone, procainamide
  • diuretics or “water pills” e.g. furosemide, cyclopenthiazide
  • medicines to treat depression e.g. amitriptyline, nortriptyline, citalopram
  • medicines for pain and inflammation or NSAIDs e.g. diclofenac, ibuprofen, mefenamic acid
  • medicine for mood disorders e.g. lithium, chlorpromazine
  • certain antibiotics e.g. azithromycin, clarithromycin, erythromycin
  • hormones e.g. parathyroid hormone
  • multivitamins and mineral supplements 
This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Dibasic sodium phosphate + Monobasic sodium phosphate.

This medicine should not be taken with antacids (e.g. magnesium trisilicate, calcium carbonate, sodium bicarbonate) as antacids could reduce the effectiveness of this medicine. If you must take antacids, take between meals at least 2 hours after you have taken this medicine.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Avoid alcohol.

A clear liquid diet should be followed 12 hours before and while taking this medicine. Clear liquids may include water, flavoured water or pulp-free fruit juice. Avoid purple or red coloured liquids.

How should I store this medicine?

Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry data.

This information is independently developed by MIMS based on Dibasic sodium phosphate + Monobasic sodium phosphate - Oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2019 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com

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