What is Fructines® (natrium picosulfas) used for?
Fructines® is commonly used for the treatment of constipation, before some surgery or medical examinations.
Natrium picosulfate works by encouraging the muscles in your bowel to move waste products through your body. This helps you to go to the toilet. It usually has an effect within 6-12 hours.
How should I take Fructines® (natrium picosulfas)?
This drug is taken by mouth. Swallow it whole. Do not chew or crush. Drink with a full glass of water.
How do I store Fructines® (natrium picosulfas)?
Fructines® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Fructines® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Fructines® that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.
You should not flush Fructines® down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.
Precautions & warnings
What should I know before using Fructines® (natrium picosulfas)?
Before using this drug, tell your doctor if:
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
- You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
- You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of Fructines® or other medications.
- You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
- It is for a child. This is because laxatives should only be given to children on the advice of a doctor or healthcare professional.
- You have severe pain in your tummy (abdomen) and feel sick.
- You have recently had any bowel or abdominal surgery, or if you have been told you have an inflammatory bowel condition.
- You are lacking in fluid in the body (dehydrated) or taking ‘water’ tablets (diuretics).
Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?
There isn’t enough information about the safety of using Fructines® during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Fructines®.
What side effects can occur from Fructines® (natrium picosulfas)?
Some side effects may occur when using this drug, such as:
Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.
What drugs may interact with Fructines® (natrium picosulfas)?
Fructines® may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.
Does food or alcohol interact with Fructines® (natrium picosulfas)?
Fructines® may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.
What health conditions may interact with Fructines® (natrium picosulfas)?
Fructines® may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.
These health conditions are:
- An obstruction of the intestine (gut)
- Paralytic ileus (lack of bowel movements, leading to blockage of the gut)
- Abdominal pain plus feeling sick (nausea) or vomiting
- Active inflammatory bowel disease (e.g. ulcerative colitis, a disease of the lower intestine characterised by open sores with symptoms such as frequent diarrhoea mixed with blood)
- Surgical abdominal conditions (such as appendicitis)
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Fructines® (natrium picosulfas).
What is the dose of Fructines® (natrium picosulfas) for an adult?
The dose for adults is 2-4 tablets. Take the capsules with a drink of water to help you swallow. Sodium picosulfate takes about 6-12 hours to work; therefore, it is best taken at bedtime.
What is the dose of Fructines® (natrium picosulfas) for a child?
The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
How is Fructines® (natrium picosulfas) available?
Fructines® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:
- Tablet, Chewable; Oral; Sodium Picosulfate 5 mg
What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?
In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.
What should I do if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of Fructines®, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.
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Review Date: May 6, 2017 | Last Modified: September 13, 2019