How Does This Product Work?
The sodium picosulfate in this medication is a stimulant laxative. It stimulates the muscular movements of the colon
to help clear out the contents. The other active ingredients (magnesium oxide and anhydrous citric acid) combine to form magnesium citrate, an osmotic laxative. Magnesium citrate works by drawing water into the colon, which softens the stool and causes watery bowel movements. The watery bowel movements flush waste from the intestines, cleaning them out.
Can Children Use It?
This product is only approved for use in people 18 years of age and older. It has not been adequately studied in children.
Is Sodium Picosulfate/Magnesium Oxide/Anhydrous Citric Acid Safe for Use in Older Adults?
Older adults can use sodium picosulfate/magnesium oxide/anhydrous citric acid
. In clinical trials, no differences in safety or effectiveness were seen between older adults and younger age groups. However, some older adults may have an increased risk for certain serious side effects, such as:
- Upper gastrointestinal bleeding
- Perforation (tear) of the esophagus
- Shortness of breath
- Buildup of fluid in the lungs.
What About Off-Label Uses?
On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this medicine for something other than bowel preparation before a colonoscopy
. This is known as an "off-label
" use. Sodium picosulfate/magnesium oxide/anhydrous citric acid may be used off-label to cleanse the bowel before other gastrointestinal procedures.