IN THIS ARTICLE
- What is psyllium (Fiberall, Hydrocil, Konsyl, Konsyl Orange Sugar-free, Konsyl-D, Konsyl-Orange, Laxmar, Laxmar Orange, Laxmar Sugar Free, Metamucil, Metamucil Berry Burst Smooth Texture Sugar Free, Metamucil Orange Coarse Milled Original Texture, Metamucil Orange Smooth Texture, Metamucil Orange Smooth Texture Sugar Free, Metamucil Original Texture Regular, Metamucil Pink Lemonade Smooth Texture Sugar-Free, Metamucil Unflavored Coarse Milled Original Texture, Metamucil Unflavored Smooth Texture Sugar Free, Natural Fiber Therapy, Perdiem Fiber Powder, Reguloid)?
- What are the possible side effects of psyllium?
- What is the most important information I should know about psyllium?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking psyllium?
- How should I take psyllium?
- What happens if I miss a dose?
- What happens if I overdose?
- What should I avoid while taking psyllium?
- What other drugs will affect psyllium?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose?
Since psyllium is used as needed, it does not have a daily dosing schedule. Call your doctor promptly if your symptoms do not improve after using psyllium.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
Overdose symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, and stomach pain. Using a laxative too often or for too long may cause severe medical problems involving your intestines.
What should I avoid while taking psyllium?
Avoid taking other oral (by mouth) medications within 2 hours before or after you take psyllium. Bulk-forming laxatives can make it harder for your body to absorb other medications, possibly making them less effective.
Avoid breathing in the dust from psyllium powder when mixing. Inhaling psyllium dust may cause an allergic reaction.
If you take psyllium as part of a cholesterol-lowering treatment plan, avoid eating foods that are high in fat or cholesterol. Your treatment will not be as effective in lowering your cholesterol if you do not follow a cholesterol-lowering diet plan.
What other drugs will affect psyllium?
Tell your doctor about all other medications you use, especially:
- a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven); or
- demeclocycline (Declomycin), doxycycline (Adoxa, Doryx, Oracea, Vibramycin), minocycline (Dynacin, Minocin, Solodyn, Vectrin), or tetracycline (Brodspec, Panmycin, Sumycin, Tetracap).
This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with psyllium. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about psyllium.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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