Colonoscopy Prep FAQs

Frequently asked colonoscopy prep questions

What is a colonoscopy prep?

A colonoscopy prep is a prescription medicine that causes diarrhea as a way to flush solid waste from your colon. This helps give your doctor a clear view of your entire colon during colonoscopy.

What kinds of colonoscopy preps are available?

There are many varieties of prescription prep medications available that use different methods to flush out the colon. Some people are advised by their healthcare provider to use over-the-counter (OTC) laxatives to prepare for colonoscopy, but these are not FDA approved for colonoscopy
preparation.

How important is it that I complete my colonoscopy prep?

Very important. Solid waste can block your doctor's view of the walls of your colon—potentially resulting in missed lesions or polyps, which can grow into cancer if they are not detected and removed. Completing your colonoscopy prep will help ensure that your doctor has a clear view of your colon. However, if you have any trouble, don't understand the prep instructions, or have any questions about the bowel prep medication prescribed for you, you should call your doctor.

What other colonoscopy prep information do I need to know?

You will need to take additional steps to prepare in the days and weeks leading up to your procedure. To learn more, check out our sample colonoscopy timetable pdf icon, and download the My MoviMent Prep Kit.

Indication for MOVIPREP

MOVIPREP® (PEG-3350, sodium sulfate, sodium chloride, potassium chloride, sodium ascorbate and ascorbic acid for oral solution) is an osmotic laxative indicated for cleansing of the colon as a preparation for colonoscopy in adults 18 years of age or older.

Important Safety Information about MOVIPREP

Do not take MOVIPREP® (PEG-3350, sodium sulfate, sodium chloride, potassium chloride, sodium ascorbate and ascorbic acid for oral solution) if you have a gastrointestinal (GI) obstruction (a blockage in your bowel), bowel perforation (an opening in the wall of your stomach or intestine), gastric retention (problems with food and fluid emptying from your stomach), ileus (bowel muscle unable to move stomach contents), toxic colitis (damage to the thickness of the intestinal wall) or toxic megacolon (an extremely dilated or distended colon with fever and/or abdominal pain at times), or if you have a known allergy to MOVIPREP or any of its components.

It is important to drink sufficient liquids before, during, and after the use of MOVIPREP. Liquid and blood salt changes can lead to serious side effects including abnormal heartbeats, seizures, and kidney problems. Talk to your doctor before taking MOVIPREP if you take any medications that increase the risk of blood salt abnormalities or if you have known or suspected low blood salt (sodium) level (hyponatremia).

If you have kidney problems or if you take medication that affects kidney function, talk to your doctor before taking MOVIPREP.

If you have suspected bowel blockage or a suspected opening in the wall of your stomach or intestine, talk to your doctor before taking MOVIPREP.

Talk to your doctor before taking MOVIPREP if you have problems swallowing, if you have gastric reflux, or if you are predisposed to aspiration.

If you have a condition that destroys red blood cells called glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency, talk to your doctor before taking MOVIPREP.

Please be advised that MOVIPREP contains 131 mg of phenylalanine per treatment.

If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, talk to your doctor before taking MOVIPREP.

In clinical studies with MOVIPREP, the most common side effects for split dosing were malaise (feeling uneasy), nausea, stomach (abdominal) pain, vomiting, and upper stomach pain. The most common side effects for evening only dosing were stomach swelling (abdominal distension), anal discomfort, thirst, nausea, stomach (abdominal) pain, sleep disorder, rigors (body shakes), hunger, malaise (feeling uneasy), vomiting, and dizziness.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch/ or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

For product information, adverse event reports, and product complaint reports, please contact:

Salix Product Information Call Center
Phone: 1-800-508-0024
Fax: 1-510-595-8183
Email: salix@medcomsol.com

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