What is Coloprep Bowel Preparation Kit?
Coloprep Bowel Preparation Kit consists of two bottles of Coloprep solution in a pack, it is a bowel preparation kit that is available in different flavors. Each Coloprep Bowel Prep 6-ounce bottle contains the following active ingredients: sodium sulfate 17.5 grams, potassium sulfate 3.13 grams, and magnesium sulfate 1.6 grams. Inactive ingredients include sodium benzoate, NF, sucralose, malic acid FCC, citric acid USP, flavoring ingredients, purified water . The solution is a clear to slightly hazy liquid. The solution is clear and colorless when diluted to a final volume of 16 ounces with water.
Magnesium, potassium, and sodium are electrolyte minerals that occur naturally in body fluids and they are used in a laxative that works by increasing the amount of water in your intestines and helps your bowels to move more quickly.
Coloprep Bowel Preparation Kit causes diarrhea for the purpose of cleaning your colon before a colonoscopy. Cleaning the colon allows the inside of your colon to be seen more clearly on the colonoscopy. Coloprep is for use in adults and children at least 12 years old.
Colorectal cancer is the third-leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. To rule out this cancer, experts recommend colorectal cancer screening — such as a colonoscopy. But, as of 2020, approximately 20% of people between 50 to 75 years old had never been screened for colorectal cancer.
It’s important to follow preparation instructions to help your doctor get high-quality images of your colon during the colonoscopy. Poor preparation could lead to lower-quality images.
If your gastroenterologist doesn’t have clear photos from the procedure, they’re more likely to miss seeing something that could be concerning, like a polyp. A polyp is an extra growth in your colon. And though most are not dangerous, some may turn cancerous. If images show a polyp, it’s removed and tested. But, if the colon images are of low quality, you may have to repeat your colonoscopy so your doctor can be sure no polyps were missed.
Many people feel that preparing for a colonoscopy is more difficult than the colonoscopy itself. Fortunately, more prep kit options like Coloprep are now available to make preparing for the procedure a little more pleasant.
How Should I Use Coloprep Bowel Preparation Kit?
Use the Coloprep Bowel Preparation Kit exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets.
Never use an adult-strength bowel prep kit on anyone 12 to 18 years old.
Carefully follow all instructions about what to eat or drink in the days before your colon prep.
You must dilute the Coloprep Bowel preparation solution with water before drinking it. Drinking the pure liquid can increase your risk of nausea, vomiting, or dehydration. Do not eat solid food once you start taking Coloprep.
You will need to drink extra water once you start your colon prep. Drink only clear liquids and avoid alcohol, milk, or any drink that is red or purple.
Watery bowel movements usually begin about 1 hour after you drink the mixed Coloprep Bowel preparation solution. The bowel movements can be very large and watery.
If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canadian residents can call a provincial poison control center.
Coloprep Bowel Preparation Kit can cause severe dehydration, which can lead to a serious electrolyte imbalance, seizures, or kidney failure. Call your doctor if you are sick with vomiting and cannot drink enough water for your bowel prep, or if you have a headache, dizziness, or decreased urination.
What are the common side effects of the Coloprep Bowel Preparation Kit?
According to MedsSafety, you should expect to have multiple loose bowel movements with minimal discomfort while taking Coloprep. Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction to Coloprep Bowel Preparation Kit: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor right away if you have:
- a headache and dizziness;
- little or no urination;
- severe nausea or vomiting;
- painful bloating or stomach cramps;
- trouble drinking liquids;
- mouth sores;
- a seizure;
- irregular heartbeats; or
- worsening gout symptoms (joint pain, redness, or swelling).
Common Coloprep Bowel Preparation Kit side effects may include:
- stomach pain or discomfort;
- nausea, vomiting; or
- mild bloating.
This is not a complete list of Coloprep Bowel Preparation Kit side effects and others that may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Coloprep Bowel Preparation Kit Contraindications
- This medicine is not right for everyone. Do not use it if you have an allergic reaction to sodium sulfate, potassium sulfate, and magnesium sulfate, or if you have a bowel perforation (tear or hole) or blockage, ileus, toxic megacolon, or if you have problems with digestion.
Coloprep Bowel Preparation Kit Warnings
- This medicine may cause the following problems: Dehydration, Heart rhythm problems, Seizures, Kidney problems, stomach or bowel problems, including ulcers, ischemic colitis
- Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.
- Your doctor will do lab tests at regular visits to check on the effects of this medicine. Keep all appointments.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have kidney disease, heart disease (including heart failure, recent heart attack), trouble swallowing, stomach or bowel problems (including inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis), or a history of seizures or heart rhythm problems (including arrhythmia, prolonged QT). Tell your doctor if you are withdrawing from drinking alcohol or taking certain medicines (including benzodiazepines).
Coloprep Bowel Preparation Kit Interactions
- Do not take other laxatives (including bisacodyl, and sodium picosulfate) while you are taking this medicine. Do not take any medicine by mouth within 1 hour before you start using this medicine.
- Take chlorpromazine, digoxin, penicillamine, iron supplements, or tetracycline or fluoroquinolone antibiotics at least 2 hours before or 6 hours after you take this medicine.
- Do not accidentally drink milk or alcohol while you are using this medicine.
- Some medicine can affect how this medicine works. Tell your doctor if you are using any of the following: Blood pressure medicine (including ACE inhibitors, ARBs), Diuretic (water pill), Medicine to treat depression, NSAIDs (including aspirin, celecoxib, diclofenac, ibuprofen, naproxen)