Novartis Consumer Health
Bulk Forming Laxative
Action And Clinical Pharmacology: Psyllium is a high fiber bulk forming laxative. It absorbs water and expands to provide increased bulk and moisture content to the stool. The increased bulk encourages normal peristalsis and bowel motility. tag_IndicationsIndications
Indications And Clinical Uses: The relief of simple, chronic, atonic, and spastic constipation and for constipation associated with pregnancy, convalescence and advanced age. For use in special diets lacking in residue fiber, mucous and ulcerative colitis and in the management of constipation associated with irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulitis, hemorrhoids and anal fissures.
Contra-Indications: The presence of nausea, fever or vomiting, abdominal pain or symptoms of an acute abdomen or fecal impaction.
Manufacturers’ Warnings In Clinical States: Do not use in patients with a history of psyllium allergy. Psyllium allergy is rare but can be severe. If an allergic reaction occurs, discontinue use.
Bulk forming agents have the potential to obstruct the esophagus, particularly in the presence of esophageal narrowing or when consumed with insufficient fluid. Taking this product without adequate fluid may cause it to swell and block the throat or esophagus and may cause choking. Patients should be made aware of the symptoms of esophageal obstruction, including chest pain/pressure, vomiting, and difficulty swallowing. Patients experiencing these symptoms should seek immediate medical attention. Patients with esophageal narrowing or dysphagia should not use this product.
Precautions: Taking this product without enough liquid may cause choking (see Warnings).
As with all laxatives, this product should not be taken for more than 1 week, unless a special schedule has been ordered by the physician.
Drug Interactions : As with all laxatives, this product should not be taken within 2 hours of another medication, because the desired effect of the other medication may be reduced.
Dosage And Administration: Adults: 5 to 10 g (1 or 2 teaspoonfuls) once or twice/day. This dose may be taken before breakfast and/or in the evening, depending on the condition being treated, its severity and individual responsiveness. Moisten the mouth with a sip of beverage. Place the measured dose on the tongue and swallow unchewed with at least 240 mL of any cool or warm beverage including juice, milk or water. The dosage may be taken a little at a time or all at once. Do not chew. Because of its mode of action, optimal effectiveness may take 2 to 3 days. Do not interrupt therapy.
Children 6 to 12 years: half the adult dose.
Availability And Storage: Each 5 g (1 level teaspoonful) of light brown minty tasting granules contains: psyllium 3.25 g. Nonmedicinal ingredients: acacia, flavors, iron oxide, paraffin, sucrose, talc and titanium dioxide. Energy: 16 kJ (3.85 kcal). Potassium: 30 mg. Sodium:
PRODIEM® PLAIN Novartis Consumer Health Psyllium Bulk Forming Laxative