Wednesday, December 17, 2008

FDA Alert - Bowel Cleanser Warning

This is something you should read if you do 'cleanses' or are preparing for GI (gastrointestinal) or a colonoscopy procedure. Many of these related products can be found everywhere, including the corner drug store, so be aware. Read this FDA news release for the full details, "FDA Requires New Safety Measures for Oral Sodium Phosphate Products to Reduce Risk of Acute Kidney Injury Risk associated with both prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) products. The greatests risk are associated with . . .

  • people over 55 years of age,
  • people who suffer from dehydration, kidney disease, acute colitis, or delayed bowel emptying, and
  • people taking certain medicines that affect kidney function, such as diuretics (fluid pills), angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors (medications that lower blood pressure) angiotensin receptor blockers, (used to treat high blood pressure, heart or kidney failure) and possibly nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (similar to ibuprofen and other arthritis medications).
  • FDA also warns that products should not be used by children under 18 years of age or in combination with other laxative products containing sodium phosphate

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