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Generic Name: Polyethylene Glycol/Electrolytes/Ascorbic Acid (POL-ee-ETH-i-leen GLYE-kole/e-LECK-troe-lites/as-KORE-bik AS-id)
Brand Name: MoviPrep

MoviPrep is used for:

Cleansing the bowel before certain procedures (colonoscopy). It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

MoviPrep is a bowel cleansing solution. It works by causing the colon to produce a watery stool and empty the bowel.

Do NOT use MoviPrep if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in MoviPrep

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

Before using MoviPrep :

Some medical conditions may interact with MoviPrep . 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 swallowing problems (eg, history of aspiration or regurgitation) or your gag reflex does not function properly
  • if you have electrolyte problems (eg, low blood sodium or potassium levels) or a history of seizures
  • if you have a history of stomach or bowel problems (eg, inflammation, blockage, perforation, severe constipation)
  • if you have phenylketonuria or glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G-6-PD) deficiency or a history of blood problems (eg, hemolysis)

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

  • Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors (eg, lisinopril), diuretics (eg, furosemide, hydrochlorothiazide, spironolactone), or eplerenone because of the risk of side effects, including abnormal blood electrolyte levels, seizures, and irregular heartbeat, may be increased

Ask your health care provider if MoviPrep 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 MoviPrep :

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

  • You should only have clear liquids (eg, clear soup) or plain yogurt for the last meal that you eat before you start MoviPrep . Start MoviPrep at least 1 hour after this meal. Do not eat any solid food from the time you start MoviPrep until after your bowel test or procedure is completed.
  • MoviPrep has to be mixed before you use it. Mix the contents of 1 pouch A and 1 pouch B into a glass container or the container provided. Add 1 liter of lukewarm water to the container and mix until everything is dissolved. The final solution will contain 2 liters (64 oz).
  • Keep MoviPrep in the refrigerator after you mix it. This may also help improve the taste. Do not add sugar, sweetening agents, flavoring agents, or other products to MoviPrep .
  • Drink MoviPrep according to your doctor's instructions. It is usually taken in 8 ounce (240 mL) portions. Shake well before you take each dose.
  • You will need to drink extra fluids along with MoviPrep . Check with your doctor for instructions.
  • Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking other medicines by mouth while you use MoviPrep . Medicines taken by mouth within 1 hour of MoviPrep may not be absorbed or work as well.
  • If you miss a dose of MoviPrep , take it as soon as you remember. Continue to take it as directed by your doctor. Notify your doctor right away if you are unable to finish taking MoviPrep before your exam or procedure.

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

Important safety information:

  • The first bowel movement usually occurs about 1 hour after you begin drinking MoviPrep .
  • You may experience stomach swelling, bloating, or discomfort before your first bowel movement after you start using MoviPrep . If you do, it may help if you briefly stop drinking the medicine or if you drink it more slowly. If these effects are severe or persist, contact your doctor.
  • MoviPrep contains phenylalanine. If you must have a diet that is low in phenylalanine, ask your pharmacist if it is in your product.
  • Use MoviPrep with caution in patients who are not fully conscious; they may be at greater risk for vomiting and getting the medicine into the airway or lungs.
  • Use MoviPrep with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
  • MoviPrep should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you think you may be pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using MoviPrep while you are pregnant. It is not known if MoviPrep is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use MoviPrep , check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of MoviPrep :

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:

Bloating; dizziness; increased thirst; nausea; rectal irritation; stomach cramps; tiredness; vomiting.

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); chest pain; muscle weakness; persistent or severe nausea and vomiting; seizure; severe or persistent stomach bloating, swelling, or pain; shivering; slow or irregular heartbeat; trouble sleeping; vomiting of blood.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of MoviPrep :

Before mixing, store MoviPrep at room temperature, 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Brief storages at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. After mixing the medicine, store MoviPrep in the refrigerator in a tightly closed container. Use within 24 hours. Discard any unused portion of MoviPrep . Keep MoviPrep out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about MoviPrep , please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • MoviPrep 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.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about MoviPrep . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: September 5, 2007
Database Edition
Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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