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Psyllium Husk

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About Psyllium

Psyllium is a plant (from the Plantago plant genus) that is ingested for it's high fiber properties.

Benefits

Psyllium husk can be used for the treatment of both chronic diarrhea and constipation as well as to lower cholesterol. It does this by absorbing excess water from the bowel, thus firming and bulking stools. Psyllium can also soften stools to help pass by hemorrhoids with less agitation and thus less pain. Psyllium husk is the main ingredient in fibre supplements such as Fybogel and Metamucil.

In a study conducted for people with Ulcerative Colitis, psyllium was found to be as effective as Mesalamine (Pentasa, Rowasa, Asacol) in maintaining remission.[1a]

Dosage

Discuss proper dosing with your doctor. Take the psyllium seed with at least 1 cup (8 oz.) of warm water. Mix the psyllium well and then drink it before it bulks up and becomes too thick to comfortable consume.

Interactions

Psyllium can cause absorption issues with other medications. Do not take any psyllium within 2-4 hours of taking any other medications.

If you have strictures or are at risk for obstruction, it is not recommended to take psyllium.

Psyllium can reduce the effectiveness of tricyclic antidepressants such as Amitriptyline which are commonly prescribed for people with IBD.

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