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Does Kristalose help take away gas or give it?
by Holly in KY, 10/23/2006
My 16 year old daughter was prescribed this medication for chronic constipation. She is supposed to take 20 grams 2 times per day. She is also taking 17 grams of glycolax 2 times per day and 24 mcg amitiza 2 times per day. She missed her medicine in t...
by lisa in Buffalo, NY, 06/01/2006
Kristalose (Oral) Drug and Prescription Information
Kristalose (Oral) Medication Classification
HYPEROSMOTIC LAXATIVE (By mouth)
Kristalose (Oral) Brandname
Miralax, Nulytely, Colyte With Flavor Packs, Visicol, Kristalose, Golytely, Phospho-Soda, Mag-Ox 400, Phillips Milk Of Magnesia, Colyte, Colyte Flavored, TriLyte w/Flavor Packs, PEG 3350 & Electrolytes, Uro-Mag, Generlac
Kristalose (Oral) is used for the Treatment
Treats constipation by helping you have a bowel movement. Sometimes used to empty your bowel before surgery or other medical procedures.
When To Not Use Kristalose (Oral)
You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to lactulose, polyethylene glycol, sorbitol, magnesium, or sodium phosphate. Make sure your doctor knows if you are allergic to any other laxative medicines. You should not use this medicine if you have a blockage in your intestines. Tell your doctor if you cannot have lactose, or if you have other digestive problems. Also tell your doctor if you have kidney disease or congestive heart failure (CHF).
How Should You Use Kristalose (Oral)
Tablet, Powder for Suspension, Capsule, Liquid, Packet
- Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
- Measure the oral liquid medicine with a marked measuring spoon, oral syringe, or medicine cup. You might need to mix the liquid with at least 4 ounces (1/2 cup) of water before you drink it.
- You will need to mix the powder or the contents of the packet with water before using it. Most powders must be mixed with at least 4 ounces (1/2 cup) of water. Make sure you understand how much water to mix the medicine with. Drink the mixture right after you mix it.
- If you using this medicine to empty your bowel before surgery or medical tests, follow your health caregiver's instructions about when to use this medicine. It is important to follow the correct schedule.
- Drink a full glass of water when you take this medicine, unless your health caregiver tells you otherwise. One full glass of water is about 8 ounces or 1 cup. Most people should drink 6 to 8 full glasses of water every day. Doing this will help soften your bowel movements, making them easier to pass. If a dose is missed:
- If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
Proper Kristalose (Oral) Storage
Store Kristalose (Oral) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep Kristalose (Oral) and all medications out of the reach of children.
What To Avoid While Using Kristalose (Oral)
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are using any other medicine for digestion problems, such as an antacid, or any medicine for your heart.
Kristalose (Oral) Warnings
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breast feeding, or if you have diabetes or heart disease. Tell your doctor if you have trouble with magnesium, potassium, calcium, or sodium (salt) levels in your blood.
- If you do not have a bowel movement after using this medicine, talk to your doctor. The amount of time before you should have a bowel movement depends on the type of laxative you are using. Some laxatives might cause a bowel movement in 30 minutes, and other laxatives could take as long as 48 hours (2 days).
- Make sure any doctor or dentist who treats you knows that you are using this medicine. You may need to stop using this medicine several days before having surgery or medical tests.
- Some kinds of laxatives are not for long-term use. Other laxatives might be used over a long time period. Ask your doctor how long it is safe to use this laxative.
- If you are using this medicine for a long time, your doctor may need to check your blood at regular visits. Be sure to keep all appointments.
Kristalose (Oral) Side Effects
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing.
- Bleeding from your rectum.
- Confusion, weakness, and muscle twitching.
- Dry mouth, increased thirst, muscle cramps, severe nausea or vomiting.
- Severe stomach pain, bloating, vomiting, or diarrhea. If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Mild stomach pain, cramps, gas, nausea, vomiting.