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Prepopik Uses

A healthcare provider may prescribe Prepopik to help cleanse the bowels in preparation for a colonoscopy. Prepopik is used in combination with clear liquids to help remove waste from the colon. This allows your healthcare provider to examine the colon for any problems, such as abnormal growths, ulcers, or inflammation. Prescribing this product to prepare for other gastrointestinal procedures would be considered off-label uses.

What Is Prepopik Used For?

Prepopik® (sodium picosulfate/magnesium oxide/anhydrous citric acid) is a prescription medication licensed to empty the bowels before a colonoscopy in adults. This type of bowel cleansing is often called colonoscopy preparation, or simply colon prep or bowel prep.
 
Prepopik is unique in that it uses the lowest volume of medication of all prescription bowel-prep products. Additional clear fluids must be consumed after both doses, but you can choose your own more palatable fluids.
 

Using Prepopik Before a Colonoscopy

A colonoscopy is a common medical procedure used to screen for colon and rectal cancer. It is also done to look for possible causes of unexplained changes in bowel habits.
 
During a colonoscopy, your physician will insert a long, flexible, lighted tube (called a colonoscope) into your rectum and slowly guide it into your colon. The colonoscope transmits an image of the inside of the colon, which allows your physician to carefully examine the lining of the colon. Your physician will look for any problems, such as abnormal growths (polyps), ulcers, or inflammation. If polyps are seen, they can be removed during the procedure.
 
(See Colonoscopy Procedure for more information about what to expect during a colonoscopy.)
 
It is important for your healthcare provider to see inside your large intestine, or colon, during a colonoscopy. Any stool inside the colon may hide important findings. For this reason, the bowels are prepped, or cleaned out, prior to a colonoscopy. Medications like Prepopik are used to empty the bowels and prepare them for this procedure.
 
(See Colonoscopy Prep to learn about other things that are done to prepare for a colonoscopy.)
 

Prepopik Medication Information

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