bulk-forming laxatives - oral (cont.)
HOW TO USE: Take this medication by mouth 1 to 3 times daily as directed on the product package. If your doctor has prescribed this medication, take it exactly as directed. If taking 1 dose a day, take it at bedtime. Take each dose with a large glass of liquid (8 ounces or 240 milliliters). If you are taking the chewable tablets or wafers, chew them completely, swallow, and follow with a glass of liquid. Swallow regular tablets or capsules whole with a full glass of liquid. Measure powders according to the directions on the product label. Mix in a glass of liquid, stir completely, and drink immediately. If using a liquid form of this medication, use a medication-measuring spoon/device, not a regular teaspoon, to make sure you have the correct dose.This product must be taken with adequate liquids so that it will not swell in the throat, causing choking. Do not use this product if you have problems swallowing. After taking this product, if you experience chest pain, vomiting, or difficulty swallowing or breathing, seek immediate medical attention.Drink plenty of fluids (6 to 8 large glasses) throughout the day while taking this medication unless your doctor has instructed you to limit fluids.If you are starting this product for the first time, start with 1 dose a day and increase the dose every 3 to 7 days up to 3 times daily. Doing so will help to decrease side effects.Dosage is based on your age, medical condition, and response to treatment.Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time(s) each day. Do not use this laxative for more than 7 days unless directed to do so by your doctor.Tell your doctor if your constipation persists for more than 7 days or if you are unable to have a bowel movement after using this product for 3 days. These may be signs of a more serious problem.
SIDE EFFECTS: Bloating, gas, or stomach cramps may occur. These effects usually decrease with smaller doses. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.If your doctor has directed you to use this medication, remember that he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people who use this medication correctly do not have serious side effects.If you experience any of the following symptoms, that may indicate a more serious condition, stop using this medication and tell your doctor immediately: rectal bleeding, bloody stools, sweating, fast heartbeat, weakness, dizziness, fainting.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.In the US -Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
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