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psyllium (generic name)

(SIL i yum): A laxative - This medicine is used to treat constipation

psyllium

What is this medicine?
PSYLLIUM (SIL i yum) is a bulk-forming fiber laxative. This medicine is used to treat constipation.

This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • breathing problems
  • chest pain
  • nausea, vomiting
  • rectal bleeding
  • trouble swallowing

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • bloated or 'gassy' feeling
  • diarrhea
  • headache
  • stomach cramps

This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

How should I use this medicine?
Take this medicine by mouth with a full glass of water. Follow the directions on the package labeling, or take as directed by your health care professional. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 12 years old for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
What may interact with this medicine?
Interactions are not expected.

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.
Who should NOT use this medication?

  • Known hypersensitivity to bulk-forming laxatives or any ingredient in the formulation.
  • Acute abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, or other symptoms of appendicitis or undiagnosed abdominal pain.
  • Partial obstruction of the bowel.
  • Esophageal obstruction, dysphagia, or problems of the throat. (See Obstruction under Cautions.)
  • Sudden change in bowel habits that lasts >2 weeks.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?
This medicine can take up to 3 days to work. Check with your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse. See your doctor if you have to treat your constipation for more than 1 week.

Avoid taking other medicines within 2 hours of taking this medicine.

Drink several glasses of water a day while you are taking this medicine. This will help to relieve constipation and prevent dehydration.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • change in bowel habits for more than 14 days
  • blocked intestines or bowel
  • stomach pain, nausea, or vomiting
  • trouble swallowing
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to psyllium, tartrazine dye, other medicines, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying or get pregnant
  • breast-feeding
Can I stop taking the medication if I feel better?
As a general rule, you should always take your medications exactly as prescribed and do not change the dosage or stop taking the medication without first discussing it with your healthcare provider.
I am on so many medications; do I have to take them all?
This is called polypharmacy—many different medications being used at the same time by one person. Sometimes, being on multiple medications is acceptable and appropriate but at other times it may be problematic. If you are receiving your medications from multiple physicians you need to ensure that they all know what medications you are taking. The best way to do this is to make a list of all the medications you are currently using, including all nutritional supplements, homeopathic remedies, vitamins and over-the-counter drugs (if possible, also include all the diseases you have been diagnosed with). Give a copy to every doctor who takes care of you so they have it on file, this way they can avoid duplicating medications and perhaps even try to consolidate some. After every doctor's visit remember to update the list accordingly. Also, as much as you possibly can, try to use the same pharmacy to fill all your prescriptions, this way any potential drug interactions can be caught and averted.
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