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Fleet Enema and Constipation Remedies Could Result In Congestive Heart Failure, Cardiac and Kidney Failure Lawsuits

Fleet Enema | Lawsuits, Lawyers | Side Effects: Kidney Failure, Heart Attacks, Congestive Heart Failure

Recent research has raised concern that in rare instances, certain bowel-cleansing preparations that patients drink before a procedure can severely damage the kidneys. These products are oral preparations made with sodium phosphate, and they include prescription Visicol tablets and other over-the-counter versions containing the same active ingredients.

A team of doctors from the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons recently reported 21 cases of acute kidney failure from these products, including three that led to permanent dialysis and one to a kidney transplant. The study appeared in the November 2005 issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology

Until recently, only certain patients were warned about the risks of these phosphate-based bowel preparations, including those with impaired kidneys or congestive heart failure. The new research broadens the list of people who may be vulnerable to kidney damage to include healthy elderly people, patients with unstable angina, people who have had heart attacks, and anyone who is especially likely to become dehydrated, including people who take certain hypertension drugs and people who do not drink enough fluid to replenish that lost in bowel cleansing.

In the new study, Dr. Markowitz and his colleagues described the findings from the Columbia renal pathology lab. The lab receives kidney tissue samples from 80 to 90 hospitals in 12 states each day. While looking for a source of the phosphate, the doctors noticed the patients had been prescribed a sodium phosphate solution to drink the night before the exam. The doctors decided to investigate all 7,349 kidney biopsy samples received by the laboratory since 2000, looking for cases of nephrocalcinosis. Dr. Markowitz has seen the medical records of people who were healthy before swallowing a phosphate-based bowel cleanser and are now on dialysis, and he wants to make sure every patient understands the risk.

Sodium Phosphate Medications to Treat Constipation Linked to Kidney, Cardiac Injury and Death

Over-the-counter (OTC) sodium phosphate medications used to treat constipation have also been implicated in cases of serious kidney and cardiac harm, and death, according to a warning issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The agency warns that using more than one dose of these preparations in a 24-hour period may increase risks for serious kidney and heart injury. Products are marketed under the Fleet brand, as well as under store and generic names.

The agency indicates that it is aware of severe hydration reported in some people who have taken more than the recommended dose of these OTC sodium phosphate preparations, as well as reports of changes in serum electrolyte levels—calcium, sodium, and phosphate. Injuries include serious, adverse kidney and heart damage and death.

Reports revealed that most cases involving significant harm took place following just one larger-than-recommended sodium phosphate dose or more than one dose in a single day. The OTC sodium phosphate products, such as Fleet, may be taken orally or as rectal enemas and are available as single-ingredient products that contain either sodium biphosphate or sodium phosphate or as combination drug product containing both sodium ingredients.

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Bowel Cleansers Get FDA Warning

May 5, 2006 | AP
Federal health officials warned Friday of kidney failure associated with certain products used to cleanse the bowel before colonoscopies and other procedures. The Food and Drug Administration said in an alert to doctors and patients that it has documented 22 cases of acute phosphate nephropathy, a rare but serious form of kidney failure associated with the use of oral sodium phosphates. The products cleanse the bowel by causing patients to loose large amounts of fluid through bowel movements. ...

Colonoscopy preparation may have risks

Mar 20, 2006 | www.statesman.com
Of all the yucky aspects of getting a colonoscopy, an exam that screens for cancer of the colon and other abnormalities the yuckiest is the preparation that takes place beforehand: emptying the bowel by ingesting purgatives. Now some bowel-cleansing products used prior to colonoscopies have been linked to chronic kidney failure, according to Public Citizen, the consumer advocacy organization. It cited recent research published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology showing...

Bowel-cleansing products, kidney failure are linked

Mar 15, 2006 | COX NEWS SERVICE
Certain bowel-cleansing products used prior to colonoscopies are linked to chronic kidney failure, according to Public Citizen, the consumer advocacy organization. It cited recent research published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology showing bowel-cleansing products containing sodium phosphate are an under-recognized cause of chronic kidney failure in the U.S. Common bowel-cleansing drugs that include sodium phosphate are Visicol, a prescription oral tablet, and the...

Bowel-Cleansing Products Linked to Chronic Kidney Failure

Mar 8, 2006 | www.healthcentral.com
Some bowel-cleansing products that are used prior to colonoscopies are linked to chronic kidney failure, says the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen.In a new posting on its WorstPills.org Web site, the Washington, D.C.-based group cites a recent study in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology that shows bowel-cleansing products that contain sodium phosphate are an under-recognized cause of chronic kidney failure.The research listed several factors that may contribute to the...

Certain colonoscopy prep can pose risk

Dec 27, 2005 | UPI
Colonoscopies undoubtedly save lives but researchers say there could be potential danger to kidneys in some procedural preparations.A new study has shown that in rare instances certain popular bowel-cleansing preparations that patients gulp down the day before a colonoscopy can severely damage the kidneys, The New York Times says.The products are identified as oral preparations made with sodium phosphate, including Visicol tablets, sold by prescription, and over-the-counter solutions like...

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