Side-effects are a risk of any medication, prescription or over-the-counter. Because of this, every drug manufacturer’s product is subject to the FDA’s strict scrutiny. However, when an unknown or unannounced side-effect threatens your well-being or life, someone must be held accountable.
A 2008 FDA mandate required manufacturers to introduce new safety measures for certain colonoscopy prep products, specifically oral sodium phosphates , to help reduce the risk of acute kidney injury . Unfortunately, this warning was issued long after hundreds of thousands of people had already used these products.
Keller & Keller LLP has compiled a list of side effects associated with each of the colonoscopy preps that have been identified to possibly lead to acute kidney injury . If you have experienced any of these symptoms and are concerned that your kidneys may have been compromised, schedule an appointment with your doctor to discuss your concerns. A simple blood test can be performed to measure the health of your kidneys.
Common OsmoPrep , Visicol , and Fleet Phospho-soda side effects:
Less frequent OsmoPrep , Visicol , and Fleet Phospho-soda side effects:
Rare OsmoPrep , Visicol , and Fleet Phospho-soda side effects:
anaphylaxis (a severe, whole-body allergic reaction )
pruritus (itch or a sensation that makes a person want to scratch )
urticaria/Hives (skin rash notable for dark red, raised, itchy bumps )
bronchopasm (sudden constriction of the muscles in the walls of the bronchioles )
dyspnea (difficulty of breathing or painful breathing )
pharyngeal edema (throat swelling )
dysphagia (difficulty in swallowing )
paresthesia and swelling of the lips
Critical OsmoPrep , Visicol , and Fleet Phospho-soda side effects:
increased blood urea nitrogen (BUN )
acute renal failure
nephrocalcinosis (deposition of calcium salts in the renal tubes )
renal tubular necrosis (kidney disorder involving damage to the tubule cells of the kidneys )
cardiac arrhythmias (abnormal electrical activity in the heart )