The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning the public that over-the-counter (OTC) sodium phosphate drugs used for treating constipation might cause deadly kidney and heart side effects.
What Are Sodium Phosphate Constipation Drugs and What Are They Prescribed For?
Sodium phosphate is a common salt chemical that has been used for decades to treat constipation. As a result, it is often sold as a generic drug, but sometimes it is sold under the brand name “Fleet.” Sodium phosphate comes in the form of an oral solution that’s diluted in water, but it can also be used as an enema. It’s also marketed as sodium biphosphate or a combination of the two chemicals.
Sodium Phosphate Constipation Drugs Might Cause Deadly Side Effects
On January 8, 2014, the FDA issued a drug safety communication warning the public that OTC sodium phosphate constipation drugs can cause deadly side effects to users’ kidneys and hearts if they are used more than once over a 24-hour period.
The agency studied adverse event reports it received between 1969 and 2012 and the medical literature from 1957 to August 2013 for cases of serious side effects associated with use of OTC sodium phosphate constipation drugs. It found 10 cases in the adverse events reports and another 44 in the medical literature—54 total. 25 cases were of adults and the remaining 29 of children. Most cases involved children under the age of five and older adults. Half of the adult cases were fatal as was one of the 29 children. The FDA considered two-thirds of the remaining adult cases and all of the remaining child cases life-threatening.
Reported symptoms of sodium phosphate overdose included:
- Electrolyte disturbances
- Kidney disease
- Acute colitis
- Delayed bowel emptying
Sodium phosphate users who suffered serious side effects often also took drugs that acted on renal function, such as diuretics, ACEIs, ARBs, and NSAIDs.
RLG’s Sodium Phosphate Constipation Drug Lawyers Will Make Things Easier
The process of demanding compensation for the harm you’ve suffered can be complicated, even if it doesn’t seem fair that you should have to go through even more trouble to be made whole again. The lawyers at the Rottenstein Law Group believe that obtaining legal satisfaction from those who harmed you shouldn’t require more hardship. That’s why we do everything we can to streamline the process, and we will file a sodium phosphate constipation drug lawsuit on your behalf if necessary. RLG will also keep you up to date on any sodium phosphate constipation drug class action lawsuits, additional FDA sodium phosphate constipation drug warnings, and sodium phosphate constipation drug FDA recall announcements. If you or a loved one has taken sodium phosphate constipation drug, and you believe it caused an injury, contact RLG today.