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Sorbitol irrigation solution

Pronunciation

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

Sorbitol irrigation solution is used for:

Preventing infection during prostate surgery or other urinary tract surgeries. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Sorbitol irrigation solution is a hexitol irrigant. It works by flushing debris out of the surgical area to help prevent infection.

Do NOT use sorbitol irrigation solution if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in sorbitol irrigation solution
  • you have anuria or difficulty urinating

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

Before using sorbitol irrigation solution:

Some medical conditions may interact with sorbitol irrigation 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 acid-base imbalance, diabetes, heart problems (eg, disease), heart failure, or kidney problems, or you are severely dehydrated

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with sorbitol irrigation solution. However, no specific interactions with sorbitol irrigation 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 irrigation 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 irrigation solution:

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

  • Sorbitol irrigation solution will be administered by your doctor or health care professional during surgery.
  • If sorbitol irrigation solution contains particles or is discolored, or if the vial is cracked or damaged in any way, do not use it.
  • Once opened, prompt use is recommended to prevent bacterial contamination. Discard unused portion.
  • If you miss a dose of sorbitol irrigation solution, contact your doctor immediately.

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

Important safety information:

  • Diabetes patients - Sorbitol irrigation solution may affect your blood sugar. Check blood sugar levels closely and ask your doctor before adjusting the dose of your diabetes medicine.
  • LAB TESTS, including blood tests, kidney function, and electrolytes, may be performed to monitor your progress or to check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Use sorbitol irrigation solution with extreme caution in CHILDREN. Safety and effectiveness have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: It is unknown if sorbitol irrigation solution can cause harm to the fetus. If you become pregnant while taking sorbitol irrigation solution, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using sorbitol irrigation solution during pregnancy. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using sorbitol irrigation solution, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of sorbitol irrigation 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:

Dry mouth; increased or decreased urination.

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); blurred vision; change in heart rate; chest pains; confusion; diarrhea; nausea; seizures; shortness of breath; swelling of hands or feet; thirst; tiredness; vomiting.

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. Symptoms may include fluid or solution overload; dehydration.

Proper storage of sorbitol irrigation solution:

Sorbitol irrigation solution is handled and stored by a health care provider.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about sorbitol irrigation solution, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Sorbitol irrigation 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 irrigation 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 irrigation solution. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to sorbitol irrigation 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 irrigation solution.

Review Date: November 3, 2016

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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