Sorbitol solution

Pronunciation

Generic Name: sorbitol (SOR-bi-tole)
Brand Name: Generic only. No brands available.

Sorbitol solution is used for:

Treating occasional constipation. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Sorbitol solution is a hyperosmotic laxative. It works by retaining fluid in the colon, which helps to increase muscle movement in the intestines.

Do NOT use sorbitol solution if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in sorbitol solution

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using sorbitol solution:

Some medical conditions may interact with sorbitol solution. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have an acid-base imbalance or diabetes
  • if you have abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, or rectal bleeding

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with sorbitol solution. However, no specific interactions with sorbitol solution are known at this time.

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if sorbitol solution may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use sorbitol solution:

Use sorbitol solution as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Sorbitol solution may be taken with or without food.
  • Use a measuring device marked for medicine dosing. Ask your pharmacist for help if you are unsure of how to measure your dose.
  • Do not take additional laxatives or stool softeners while taking sorbitol solution unless directed by your doctor.
  • If you are using sorbitol solution as a rectal enema, follow the directions given with the enema. Ask your doctor or pharmacist any questions you may have about giving an enema.
  • Do not exceed the recommended dose or use sorbitol solution for longer than 1 week without checking with your doctor.
  • If you miss a dose of sorbitol solution, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use sorbitol solution.

Important safety information:

  • If you have rectal bleeding or failure to have a bowel movement after use, contact your doctor immediately.
  • If you notice a sudden change in bowel habits that lasts for 2 weeks or more, consult your doctor.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant while taking sorbitol solution, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using sorbitol solution during pregnancy. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using sorbitol solution, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of sorbitol solution:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Anal irritation; diarrhea; gas; nausea; stomach cramps.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); continuing constipation; dizziness; rectal bleeding; sudden weight gain; unusual swelling; vomiting; weakness.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of sorbitol solution:

Store sorbitol solution at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Do not freeze. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep sorbitol solution out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about sorbitol solution, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Sorbitol solution is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take sorbitol solution or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about sorbitol solution. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to sorbitol solution. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using sorbitol solution.

Issue Date: December 3, 2014
Database Edition 14.4.1.003
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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