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MoviPrep Warnings and Precautions

Specific Precautions and Warnings With MoviPrep

Some warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking this laxative include the following:
  • There have been rare reports of seizures associated with electrolyte (i.e., potassium and sodium) problems in people taking MoviPrep. These seizures occurred in people without a history of seizures. People who have low blood sodium levels (hyponatremia) or low blood potassium levels (hypokalemia), or who take certain medications (see MoviPrep Drug Interactions), may have an increased risk for seizures with MoviPrep use. In these cases, certain blood tests should be performed before and after a colonoscopy.
  • Some people may have a higher risk for serious reactions to MoviPrep. This includes people who have:
    • Severe ulcerative colitis (an inflammatory bowel disease)
    • Toxic colitis (a condition in which there is damage to the intestinal wall)
    • Toxic megacolon (extreme swelling of the intestines)
    • Ileus (when the intestines stop moving food forward).
If you have any of these conditions, or a history of these problems, talk to your healthcare provider before starting MoviPrep.
  • If severe abdominal (stomach) swelling, bloating, or discomfort occurs while using MoviPrep, temporarily stop taking the medication or try drinking each portion more slowly until the symptoms lessen. Some temporary abdominal discomfort and swelling are normal when you first start drinking MoviPrep.
  • People with difficulty swallowing, with an impaired gag reflex, or who otherwise may be at risk for vomiting and potentially breathing in (aspirating) this solution should be monitored closely while they are taking MoviPrep.
  • MoviPrep should be used with caution in people with a hole or blockage in the intestines (bowel perforation or obstruction). If you have symptoms of intestinal perforation or obstruction, your healthcare provider will need to perform tests to make sure you do not have these conditions before using MoviPrep. Symptoms of a bowel obstruction or perforation may include:
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Severe abdominal (stomach) pain
    • Abdominal (stomach) distention or swelling
    • Abdominal (stomach) pain and cramping.
  • MoviPrep contains phenylalanine (131 mg), which may be important for people with a genetic condition known as phenylketonuria (a problem breaking down amino acids).
  • No additional ingredients should be added to MoviPrep solution, including any flavorings or other liquids.
  • MoviPrep contains sodium ascorbate and ascorbic acid, which may cause hemolytic anemia in people with a genetic condition called glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency. Make sure your healthcare provider knows if you have this disorder before you take MoviPrep.
  • Rare cases of an allergic reaction have been reported in some people using MoviPrep. Stop the medication and talk to a healthcare provider if you develop any signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
    • A skin rash
    • Hives
    • Itching
    • Swelling of the face, tongue, or lips
    • Shortness of breath.
  • MoviPrep may interact with other medications, including those taken within one hour of starting treatment (see MoviPrep Drug Interactions).
  • MoviPrep is considered a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that this medication may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are currently unknown. Talk to your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using MoviPrep during pregnancy (see MoviPrep and Pregnancy).
  • It is unknown if MoviPrep passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug (see MoviPrep and Breastfeeding).

MoviPrep Medication Information

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