Magnesium is a naturally occurring mineral that is important for many systems in the body, especially the muscles and nerves. Epimag also increases water in the intestines.
Epimag is used as a laxative to treat occasional constipation.
Epimag may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
An indication is a term used for the list of condition or symptom or illness for which the medicine is prescribed or used by the patient. For example, acetaminophen or paracetamol is used for fever by the patient, or the doctor prescribes it for a headache or body pains. Now fever, headache and body pains are the indications of paracetamol. A patient should be aware of the indications of medications used for common conditions because they can be taken over the counter in the pharmacy meaning without prescription by the Physician.
Prophylaxis against calcium oxalate stone & formation & growth.
Dissolving uric acid stone and prevents the formation of new stones especially to patients suffer from calcium oxalate stones.
How should I use Epimag?
Use Epimag solution as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
Take Epimag solution on an empty stomach. Take Epimag solution with a full glass of water (8 oz/240 mL).
If you also take a bisphosphonate (eg, alendronic acid), digoxin, or a tetracycline (eg, doxycycline), do not take them within 2 to 4 hours of taking Epimag solution. Check with your doctor if you have questions.
If you miss a dose of Epimag solution, take it as soon as you remember. Continue to take it as directed by your doctor or on the package label.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Epimag solution.
Uses of Epimag in details
There are specific as well as general uses of a drug or medicine. A medicine can be used to prevent a disease, treat a disease over a period or cure a disease. It can also be used to treat the particular symptom of the disease. The drug use depends on the form the patient takes it. It may be more useful in injection form or sometimes in tablet form. The drug can be used for a single troubling symptom or a life-threatening condition. While some medications can be stopped after few days, some drugs need to be continued for prolonged period to get the benefit from it.
Use: Labeled Indications
Occasional constipation: Treatment of occasional constipation
Off Label Uses
Bowel preparation before colonoscopy
Based on the the American Society for Gastrointestinal and Endoscopy (ASGE) guideline for bowel preparation before colonoscopy, routine use of Epimag as a stand-alone colonoscopy preparation is not recommended for routine use due to limited efficacy data and potential toxicity. A randomized, prospective 2-part study supports use of Epimag as an effective and well tolerated low-volume colonoscopy preparation.
Excipient information presented when available (limited, particularly for generics); consult specific product labeling.
Bowel preparation before colonoscopy (off-label use): Note: This preparation should be avoided in patients with renal impairment, heart failure, decompensated cirrhosis, or baseline electrolyte abnormalities (A-Rahim 2018). There is no standard dosing for administration; the following recommendations are suggested by some experts.
Single-dose, same-day (for afternoon procedures):
Oral: 1.5 bottles (450 mL or 15 oz) taken 8 hours prior to procedure, followed by clear liquids (at least three 240 mL glasses) over 2 hours. Four hours prior to the procedure, administer a second 1.5 bottle dose followed by clear liquids (three 240 mL glasses) over 1 hour (A-Rahim 2018).
Split-dose (evening before procedure):
Oral: 1 to 1.5 bottles (300 to 450 mL or 10 to 15 oz) in the early evening (ie, between 6 and 8 PM) followed by clear liquids (at least three 240 mL glasses) over 2 hours. Patient should also be given a clear liquid diet the day prior to the procedure. Six hours prior to the colonoscopy, administer a second 1 to 1.5 bottle dose followed by clear liquids (three 240 mL glasses) over 1 hour (ASGE [Saltzman 2015]; A-Rahim 2018).
Oral: Solution: 195 to 300 mL given once or in divided doses
Refer to adult dosing.
Bowel preparation before colonoscopy (off-label use): The ASGE does not recommend use in the elderly (ASGE [Saltzman 2015]); however, some experts suggest that older patients without comorbidities and who cannot tolerate a higher volume preparation may receive Epimag (A-Rahim 2018).
Constipation, occasional: Note: Use of Epimag has generally been replaced with other laxatives (eg, PEG solutions, lactulose) less likely to cause adverse effects (eg, electrolyte disturbances) (Tabbers 2014):
Children 2 to <6 years: 60 to 90 mL administered as a single dose or in divided doses
Children 6 to <12 years: 100 to 150 mL administered as a single dose or in divided doses
Children ≥12 years and Adolescents: 150 to 300 mL administered as a single dose or in divided doses
Bowel preparation: Limited data available:
Oral Solution: Children >6 years and Adolescents: 4 to 6 mL/kg/day, may administer as a single dose or in divided doses the day before the procedure; maximum daily dose: 300 mL/day (NASPGHAN [Pall 2014])
Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Diarrhea; stomach discomfort.
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur while taking Epimag (the active ingredient contained in Epimag)
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); blood in the stool; cramps; dizziness; fainting; irregular heartbeat; severe diarrhea; sweating; weakness.
Hypersensitivity to any ingredient; nausea, vomiting or other symptoms of appendicitis; acute surgical abdomen; fecal impaction; intestinal obstruction; undiagnosed abdominal pain; intestinal bleeding; renal disease
The results of a survey conducted on ndrugs.com for Epimag are given in detail below. The results of the survey conducted are based on the impressions and views of the website users and consumers taking Epimag. We implore you to kindly base your medical condition or therapeutic choices on the result or test conducted by a physician or licensed medical practitioners.
Consumer reported useful
No survey data has been collected yet
1 consumer reported price estimates
Was the price you paid to purchase the drug reasonable? Did you feel it was expensive? The below mentioned numbers have been reported by ndrugs.com website users about whether the Epimag drug is expensive or inexpensive. There is a mixed opinion among users. The rating about the cost of the drug depends on factors like which brand drug the patient purchased, how effective it was for the price paid, the country or place the drug is marketed, and the economic condition of the patient. The users who feel the drug is expensive can look for an alternative brand drug or a generic drug to save the cost.
3 consumers reported time for results
To what extent do I have to use Epimag before I begin to see changes in my health conditions? As part of the reports released by ndrugs.com website users, it takes 1 month and a few days before you notice an improvement in your health conditions. Please note, it doesn't mean you will start to notice such health improvement in the same time frame as other users. There are many factors to consider, and we implore you to visit your doctor to know how long before you can see improvements in your health while taking Epimag. To get the time effectiveness of using Epimag drug by other patients, please click here.
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Information checked by Dr. Sachin Kumar, MD Pharmacology