Fybogel or Ispaghula husk is a natural fiber treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome constipation and other IBS symptoms.
It comes as sachets in either original or orange flavors and is mixed in water before swallowing.
It is important to drink plenty of fluids which will increase you chances of success as well as reducing the possibility of causing any obstruction.
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It is used in the treatment of constipation predominant Irritable Bowel Syndrome and primary constipation.
It can also be used in the treatment of chronic diarrhea associated with diverticular disease.
Caution should be taken in people with decreased bowel motility or intestinal narrowing.
Adequate fluid intake needs to be maintained to prevent intestinal obstruction.
You should seek the advice of a health professional if:
It is contraindicated in people with:
Difficulty in swallowing
Previous sensitivity or allergy to the medicine
Side effects can include:
The adult dose depends on the preparation, but is usually 1 sachet in 150ml water (a glass of water) twice a day.
Always read the manufactures instructions
A commonly used preparation prescribed by doctors, but not always effective or appropriate.
It does have a role to play, particularly in IBS-C, although can make symptoms worse in some sufferers.
It’s a drug worth trying in constipation. It comes in a sachets which are original or orange flavour which you mix up in water.
BMJ. 2009 Aug 27;339:b3154. doi: 10.1136/bmj.b3154. Soluble or insoluble fibre in irritable bowel syndrome in primary care? Randomised placebo controlled trial. Bijkerk CJ, de Wit NJ, Muris JW, Whorwell PJ, Knottnerus JA, Hoes AW.
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If any concerns, always read the drug manufacturers guidelines or consult a doctor.