What is Numark Sodium Picosulfate?
Numark Sodium Picosulfate is a remedy for constipation. It works overnight to help relieve your constipation by encouraging a healthy bowel movement. Sodium Picosulfate is perfect for people older than 10 who are suffering with constipation and need a reliable way to help to get their bowel movements back to normal.
Why do I have constipation?
There are lots of reasons why you may have constipation, and many people experience it at one point in their lives. When you have constipation, you’ll find that you’re unable to have a poo as regularly as you usually would, or may find that your poo is larger or harder than usual. Some of the most common causes of constipation include:
- Not getting enough fibre in your diet
- A sudden change in diet
- Not exercising regularly or living a sedentary lifestyle
- Some medications, including codeine
How will sodium picosulfate help to ease my constipation?
Sodium picosulfate works to ease constipation because it is a type of medication called a laxative. It stimulates the muscles in your bowel, which helps poo move through your intestine so you can have a healthy bowel movement. It works overnight, and is ideal when you’re trying to help your body get back into its natural rhythm.
Can I use this product if I’m pregnant?
If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking sodium picosulfate. Some medications will not be suitable for you at this time, and a medical professional will help you to choose the best possible remedy for your problem.
Can I use this product if I’m taking other medication?
If you’re taking any other medication, including herbal remedies and medicines obtained without a prescription, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking this product. This especially applies if you are taking:
- Diuretics, which are used to help you to pass water, e.g. bendrofluazide, furosemide
- Steroid medicines, e.g. prednisolone
- Antibiotics, which are used to treat infections
How to take sodium picosulfate
Take one or two 5ml spoonfuls of sodium picosulfate at night, before you go to bed. Do this every night for up to 5 nights until your bowel movements are regular again. If you need to take this product for more than 5 days, speak to your doctor.
When should this product not be used?
Sodium picosulfate is not suitable for children younger than 10. Do not use this product if you are allergic to sodium picosulfate or any of the other listed ingredients. Do not take this product if you have:
- Severe dehydration
- Ileus, which is a bowel condition with a blockage in the intestine
- A serious abdominal condition, e.g. appendicitis
- Severe abdominal pain with nausea and vomiting and/or fever
- A blocked bowel (intestinal obstruction)
- Inflammation of the bowel
Does this product have any side effects?
Like all medications, sodium picosulfate can have side effects, although not everyone will experience them. These include:
- Feeling faint
- Allergic reaction
- Skin reactions, e.g. rash, itching
- Abdominal discomfort, stomach cramps, stomach pain
- Feeling sick
If you experience these or any other side effects while taking this product, stop use and speak to your doctor or pharmacist right away. For more information about reporting the side effects of medication, please see the MHRA’s Yellow Card Scheme.
How to store this product
Store in a cool, dry place. Store bottle in original carton to protect from sunlight. Do not use if the expiry date printed on the original packaging. Keep out of sight and reach of children.
This product is a medicine; make sure to speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before taking this product if you have an underlying medical problem or are taking any other medicine or complementary therapy. If your symptoms get worse or continue after taking this product, contact us or your doctor. For medical services in your area, please refer to https://www.nhs.uk
If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor or our pharmacist before taking this product. If you suffer from any allergies, ask your doctor or our pharmacist if this medicine is right for you.
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Please read the included leaflet carefully before using this product.
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Each 5 ml contains 5 mg of sodium picosulfate (present as sodium picosulfate monohydrate) as the active ingredient
Don’t you just hate blockages? Whether it is in the nose and you struggle to breathe through it and smell, or whether it is a traffic jam caused by an accident that leaves you stuck on the road, they are a pain.
The same can be said about constipation, a simple blockage in the digestive system that can cause a lot of problems. To find the solution to constipation, first, you need to know the cause.
Is this suitable for a 9 year old? We already have a prescription for it but we need a 100ml version for our American holiday.
Sodium Picosulfate Liquid should only be used by a child under the age of 10 after being advised to do so by a doctor. The usual dose is 2.5ml or 5ml of liquid night.
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