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Psyllium is a true dietary fiber, even though it is classified by some as a laxative or mucilaginous fiber, and is a convenient way to increase intake of dietary fiber because of its high mucilage content. This bulking agent swells considerably when added to liquid, which can help to support healthy gastrointestinal transit time. This bulking action and healthy transit time can play an important role in maintaining healthy gastrointestinal function.
Each teaspoon (5 mL) contains:
Psyllium (Plantago ovata) (Seed Husks) 1.7 g
Dosages: Children 6 – 12 years: Take 2 teaspoons, 3 times daily. 12 years old to Adults: Take 4 teaspoons, 3 times daily.
Directions: Mix each dose into 250 mL (1 cup) of liquid, stir briskly and drink immediately. Produces bowel movement in 12 to 72 hours (3 days).
Consult a health care practitioner if symptoms worsen or if laxative effect does not occur within seven days. Consult a health care practitioner immediately if you experience chest pain, vomiting, or difficulty in swallowing or breathing after taking this product. Consult a health care practitioner prior to use if you are taking medications which inhibit peristaltic movement (e.g. opioids, loperamide) and/or if you have symptoms such as abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting or fever (as these could be signs of abnormal constrictions of the gastrointestinal tract, diseases of the oesophagus and/or the superior opening of the stomach (cardia), potential or existing intestinal blockage, paralysis of the intestine, megacolon, fecal impaction, inflamed bowel or appendicitis). Do not use if you are experiencing a sudden change in bowel habits that has persisted for more than 2 weeks, undiagnosed rectal bleeding, failure to defecate following the use of another laxative product, if you have diabetes mellitus in which blood sugar is difficult to regulate and/or difficulty swallowing. Hypersensitivity, such as allergy, has been known to occur following inhaled and/or ingested psyllium; in which case, discontinue use. May cause temporary gas and/or bloating.
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