Sterculia is a bulk forming laxative and excellent treatment for your constipation predominant Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
It is an extract from a tree which produces a gum called gum karaya which provides the bulk and is there a natural fiber for your bowel.
On this page you can find out more about this treatment including side effects and cautions.
It's trade name is Normacol for IBS or Normacol Plus.
It should be used with caution in people with decreased bowel motility or intestinal narrowing.
An adequate fluid intake needs to be maintained to prevent intestinal obstruction.
It is contraindicated in people who have difficulty in swallowing, in intestinal obstruction and impacted stool. It shouldn't be used in colonic atony where there is a lack of bowel contraction.
The main side effects are flatulence, abdominal distension, hypersensitivity to the drug and bowel obstruction.
It comes as granules.
The dose is one to two 5ml spoonfuls, washed down with plenty of water, once or twice a day.
It is quite a gentle laxative so you might not find it works initially, but keep taking it and movements should follow.
A laxative that I am particularly fond of as it doesn't cause the wind and bloating symptoms that other laxatives often cause due to fermentation in the bowel.
It bulks up the stool which increases bowel transit of your stools.
I look forward to reading your posts about this drug too.