Fleet Phospho Soda Oral Saline Laxative
In preparation for a colonoscopy, many doctors advise their patients to take Fleet Phospho Soda, a product designed to cleanse the bowels the day before the exam. Fleet phospho soda is an oral saline laxative that contains sodium phosphate. The high concentration of sodium works to dehydrate the intestines, allowing your body to create multiple bowel movements to create an unobstructed view of your intestines for your doctor.
Things You Should Know
The directions for Fleet Phospho Soda advise that the patient drink plenty of clear liquids when taking the saline laxative and to follow directions directly as stated. Before using the product it is important to discuss your medical history with your doctor. Be sure to tell him/her if you have any of the following conditions:
- Liver problems
- Congestive heart failure
- Heart rhythm disorder
- History of heart attack or heart surgery
- History of gastric bypass surgery or stomach stapling
- Epilepsy or another disorder that caused seizures
- Inflammatory bowel disease, colitis or toxic megacolon
Dehydration and the Dangers of Phospho Soda
While the oral saline laxative may clear the bowels of obstruction, the large concentrations of salt also create an electrolyte disturbance as the body works to process and compensate for the excess of this natural substance. In addition, the extra phosphate in the system is diverted into the kidneys, which work overtime to filter all substances through the body, separating the useful from the useless.
Anything that the body doesn't need is filtered out of the body through the bladder. The phosphate turns into crystals in the kidneys, which cannot pass through the renal tubes of the kidneys, causing a buildup. This is dangerous because this buildup can cause phosphate nephropathy, or renal failure.
Risks and Litigation
Due to the risk of kidney failure, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning to all patients concerning the safety of Fleet Phospho Soda. Though C.B. Fleet Company, who manufactures the phospho soda, issued a recall on the product in response to the FDA's warning, it contends that the product, when used as directed, is safe. The company claims that patients who develop kidney damage from the product did not take it according to the proper dosage instructions.
If you or a loved one has suffered kidney failure or damage as a result of Fleet Phospho Soda, you may qualify to seek compensation by filing a lawsuit against C.B. Fleet Company. Recoverable compensation may include (but is not limited to):
- Physical pain
- Emotional suffering
- Lost wages if you are unable to work
- Cost of medical bills and other financial losses
Drug manufacturers have a responsibility to American consumers and when their products cause harm, they can be held accountable. For more information about your legal rights and options, contact a Fleet Phospho soda attorney today.
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