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This drug should not be used with the following medications because very serious interactions may occur: antacids/laxatives that contain magnesium (such as magnesium hydroxide).
If you are currently using any of these medications listed above, tell your doctor or pharmacist before starting sodium polystyrene sulfonate.
If you are taking sodium polystyrene sulfonate by mouth, other antacids and laxatives (such as calcium carbonate, aluminum carbonate, aluminum hydroxide) may also affect how well it works if they are used at the same time. These products may also increase the risk of side effects with this medication. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about which products you can safely use.
Taking the laxative sorbitol with sodium polystyrene sulfonate by mouth is not recommended because doing so may cause serious intestinal problems in some people. If you are using sodium polystyrene sulfonate rectally with sorbitol, using a cleansing enema after the dose of this medication may help to decrease the risk of intestinal side effects. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use.
This medication may decrease the absorption of levothyroxine into your bloodstream. Therefore, if you take levothyroxine, take it 4 hours before or 4 hours after using this medication.
This document does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist.
OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call the US National Poison Hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center. Symptoms of overdose may include: irregular heartbeat, slowed breathing, paralysis.
NOTES: Do not share this medication with others.
Laboratory and/or medical tests (such as blood levels of potassium and other minerals, EKG) should be performed periodically to monitor your progress or check for side effects. Consult your doctor for more details.
MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.
STORAGE: Store tightly closed at room temperature at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Brief storage between 59-86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) is permitted. Do not store in the bathroom. After mixing, use the suspension within 24 hours. Keep all medicines away from children and pets.
Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details about how to safely discard your product.
Information last revised March 2011. Copyright(c) 2011 First Databank, Inc.
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