Fructines Uses

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Fructines indications

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.

This medication is used to treat constipation caused by conditions such as slowing of the intestines (e.g., diabetic autonomic neuropathy), prolonged bed rest/hospitalization, use of constipating medications (e.g., narcotics), or irritable bowel syndrome. This product contains either a stimulant or irritant laxative. Both types of laxatives help to increase the activity of the intestines to move stool out faster

Uses of Fructines 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.

Fructines is used in the treatment and prevention of constipation. It is also used for bowel emptying before investigational procedures or surgery.

Fructines interactions

•Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them.

•Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor or pharmacist first. Mineral oil products should not be used with senna/sennoside products since serious side effects may occur. If you are currently using any of these medications listed above, tell your doctor or pharmacist before starting this laxative. By increasing how fast the intestines move, this laxative may cause decreased absorption of other medications.

•Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more information and for directions on how to take your other medications. Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use, especially of: aspirin, medications taken by mouth that are monitored with blood levels (e.g., theophylline, digoxin, phenytoin, phenobarbital, valproic acid).

Fructines side effects


•Diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, or bloating may occur.

•If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly. Products that contain senna may cause red or yellow-brown urine.

•This effect is harmless. If your doctor has prescribed this medication, remember that he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects.

•Many people who use this laxative correctly do not have serious side effects. If you experience any of the following symptoms, that may indicate a more serious problem, stop using this medication and tell your doctor immediately: rectal bleeding, bloody stools, sweating, fast heartbeat, weakness, dizziness, fainting. A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare.

•However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Fructines contraindications


Sensitivity to Fructines, intestinal obstruction or undiagnosed abdominal symptoms.

Stimulant laxatives should not usually be used in children younger than 10 years unless prescribed by a doctor.

Active ingredient matches for Fructines:

Phenolphthalein in Argentina, Belgium, France, Switzerland.

Dantron in France.

Sodium Picosulfate in Belgium, France, Switzerland.

Unit description / dosage (Manufacturer)Price, USD
Tablet, Chewable; Oral; Sodium Picosulfate 5 mg
Fructines 5 mg x 30 Tablet

List of Fructines substitutes (brand and generic names):

Tablet, Chewable; Oral; Sodium Picosulfate 5 mg
GALDOM SP SYRUP 1 bottle / 100 ML syrup each (Cerspin Healthcare Pvt Ltd)$ 0.86
GERBISA L 5 MG/5ML SYRUP 1 bottle / 120 ML syrup each (Zydus Cadila)$ 2.10
Gerbisa L 5mg/ml Syrup (Zydus Cadila)$ 2.30
GERBISA-L syr 5 mg x 5 mL x 120ml (Zydus (G.Rem))$ 1.75
Drops; Oral; Sodium Picosulfate 7.5 mg /ml (Boehringer ingelheim)
Guttalax 15 ml - 1 Drops (Boehringer ingelheim)$ 8.40
Jetomisol P 50+15 Tablet (Ethnor Ltd (Johnson & Johnson))$ 0.04
Jetomisol P 150+60 Tablet (Ethnor Ltd (Johnson & Johnson))$ 0.07
LAXAFFIN-SP syr 5 mg x 100ml (Systemic)
LAXAID SACHET 1 packet / 15 GM sachet each (Shreya Life Sciences Pvt Ltd)$ 0.14
Laxaid 10gm Sachet (Shreya Life Sciences Pvt Ltd)$ 0.01
Drops; Oral; Sodium Picosulfate
Drops; Oral; Sodium Picosulfate
Drops; Oral; Sodium Picosulfate 7.5 mg / ml (Teuto)


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