Sodium picosulfate is a contact laxative used as a treatment for constipation or to prepare the large bowel before colonoscopy or surgery.
Orally administered sodium picosulfate is generally used for thorough evacuation of the bowel, usually for patients who are preparing to undergo a colonoscopy. It works very quickly, so access to a toilet at all times is recommended. It starts off by making bowel movements looser and more frequent, but within an hour or so of taking it the patient should experience diarrhea.
1.Orally administered sodium picosulfate is generally used for thorough evacuation of the bowel, usually for patients who are preparing to undergo a colonoscopy. It takes 12-24 hours to work, since it works in the colon.
2.The most common side effects of picosulfate are abdominal cramps and diarrhea.
3.The use of sodium picosulfate has also been associated with certainelectrolyte disturbances, such as hyponatremia and hypokalemia.Patients are often required to drink large amounts of clear fluids as well as rehydrate to reestablish the electrolyte balance.