Prior to surgical procedures that involve the bowels, patients are required to go through a preparation procedure that involves cleaning the intestines and bowels, usually through the use of bowel prep solutions like Fleet Phospho-soda, Osmoprep or Visicol. These laxatives have long been used prior to things like colonoscopies or surgery, but there is new evidence that suggests an increased chance of developing renal failure or kidney damage when the bowel prep solutions are used at high doses. In some cases those who suffer injury as a result of these solutions could be well within their rights to contact an attorney and seek financial compensation for their injuries
While the use of Bowel Prep Solutions like Fleet Phospho-soda are still common and in most cases relatively safe, the risk of damage lies in the fact that high doses of the solution could trigger a variety of different problems. These include:
Evidence of kidney damage caused by bowel prep solutions was first reported in 2003 and warnings were not added to the packages until three years later. Even then some bowel prep solutions sold over the counter did not have the warnings attached to them. This resulted in a number of patients using these laxatives without being made aware of the inherent risks within them. As a result, various cases of the above conditions have been reported due to the use of bowel prep solutions.
Symptoms to watch for that could indicate renal or kidney failure include:
Just as their name suggests, most bowel prep solutions are used to prepare the bowels for colonoscopies or colon surgery. A small number of people use them as a laxative to relieve constipation, but the most common use remains surgical preparation. Their use ensures that the bowels are clean and that surgeons can see all of the tissue clearly, and with a lower risk of infection. They're a type of basic oral laxative that help flush the intestines and bowel and induce bowel movements. But higher doses of the solutions can cause major health problems to develop, sometimes of a fatal nature. This is true even when used according to instructions.