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Sorbitol - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

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General Information on Sorbitol

Generic Name : Sorbitol
Pronunciation : SOR-bi-tole
Latest prescription information about Sorbitol. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its storage instructions .
ICD Code : Y53.4 | Therapeutic Classification : Laxatives
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Why is Sorbitol Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a hyperosmotic laxative used to treat occasional constipation. 

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When should Sorbitol not be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients with known hypersensitivity, renal failure, hepatic failure, inborn errors of metabolism.

What is the dosage of Sorbitol?

Adult Dose for Constipation: Oral: 30 to 150 mL (70% solution) once. Rectal: 120 mL (25% to 30% solution) as a rectal enema once.
Pediatric Dose for Constipation (2 to 11 years): Oral: 2 mL/kg (70% solution) once. Rectal: 30 to 60 mL (25% to 30% solution) as a rectal enema once. Greater than or equal to 12 years: Oral: 30 to 150 mL (70% solution) once. Rectal: 120 mL (25% to 30% solution) as a rectal enema once.

How should Sorbitol be taken?

It comes as a solution to take by mouth with or without food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Sorbitol?

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of hypersensitivity, diabetes, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, rectal bleeding, a sudden change in bowel habits lasting over 2 weeks, elderly, children, pregnant and breastfeeding women.

Do not take additional laxatives or stool softeners while taking this medication unless directed by your doctor.

Do not use this medication beyond the recommended dose.

This medication should be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with others.

Do not use this medication for longer than 1 week without consulting with your health care provider.

What are the side effects of Sorbitol?

Nausea, gas, diarrhea, stomach cramps or anal irritation, hives, difficult breathing, swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat, rectal bleeding, weakness, dizziness, persistent urge to empty the bowel, injury or disorder in digestive tract.

What are the other precautions for Sorbitol?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions for Sorbitol?

Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) away from heat, light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep away from children and pets.




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