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- What is sorbitol-oral, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- Is sorbitol-oral available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for sorbitol-oral?
- What are the side effects of sorbitol-oral?
- What is the dosage for sorbitol-oral?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with sorbitol-oral?
- Is sorbitol-oral safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about sorbitol-oral?
What is sorbitol-oral, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
Sorbitol is a sugar alcohol naturally found in fruits. Its chemical properties allow it to have multiple actions within the body. Its sweetening properties allow it to be used as a low-calorie sweetener in medicinal solutions. Its hyperosmotic properties allow it to work as a laxative, drawing water into the colon from surrounding body tissues to allow softening of stool and relieve constipation. This ability to draw in water also allows it to be used in saliva substitutes to relieve dry mouth and during transurethral prostatectomy as a urinary bladder wash. The FDA approved sorbitol in February 1978.
Is sorbitol-oral available as a generic drug?
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
Do I need a prescription for sorbitol-oral?
- Laxative Syrup No
What are the side effects of sorbitol-oral?
Common side effects of sorbitol are:
- abdominal discomfort,
- dry mouth,
- nausea, and
- fluid retention in tissues (edema),
- loss of electrolytes,
- increased blood sugar, and
- acidification of blood due to lactate production.
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