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Psyllium - Drug Information

Generic Name : Psyllium | Pronunciation : sil' i yum

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Latest prescription information about Psyllium. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y53.4 | Therapeutic Classification : Laxatives
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Trade Name(s): 


India- Fiberall , Hydrocil Instant, Konsyl, Metamucil, Modane Bulk Powder, Perdiem Fiber, Serutan, Siblan.
International- Metamucil.

Why it is prescribed (Indications) : 


This medication is a fiber laxative, prescribed for irritable bowel syndrome, and constipation. It absorbs water and swelling in the intestines. This helps the stool form the bulk necessary to be easily passed. 

When it is not to be taken (Contraindications): 


Do not use this herb where there is esophageal stenosis, abnormal intestinal narrowing or bowel obstruction, due to bulk forming effect which may cause or further complicate impaction.

Pregnancy Category :

A B C D X

Category N :

Not yet classified.


Dosage & When it is to be taken : 


The recommended dose for adult is 1 to 2 teaspoons along with a glass of water, and for child 0.5 to 1 teaspoon taken upto 3 times a day in children and 4 times a day in adults.

How it should be taken : 


Oral dosage forms include granules, powder or wafer.

Warnings and Precautions : 

Caution needed for patients with history of diabetes mellitus, heart disease, high blood pressure, kidney disease, rectal bleeding, intestinal blockage, or difficulty swallowing, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Avoid taking additional laxatives without your doctor’s advice.
If you notice a sudden change in bowel habits that lasts for 2 weeks or more, do not continue this medication.
Avoid taking other oral (by mouth) medications within 2 hours before or after taking this medication.


Side Effects : 


  Allergic reactions
- Like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue, difficulty in breathing.

  Gastrointestinal
- Stomach pain, difficulty in swallowing, nausea, vomiting, rectal bleeding.

Other Precautions : 

Inhalation of this drug dust may cause an allergic reaction.

Storage Conditions : 

Store at 25°C. Store it in an airtight container and keep away from children.

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