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Ispaghula

INFORMATION

Uses

Ispaghula is used in the treatment of constipation.

How it works

Ispaghula husk absorbs more water and add bulk (fiber) in the intestine and promotes normal bowel movement.

Common side effects

Abdominal bloating, Flatulence, Intestinal obstruction, Gastrointestinal discomfort

AVAILABLE MEDICINE

No medicine available

Expert advice

  • Together with Ispaghula, fiber rich diet containing whole grain bread and cereals, bran, fruits and green leafy vegetables, is essential to maintain healthy bowel function.
  • Avoid taking a Ispaghula for more than 1 week, unless prescribed by the doctor, as it leads to dependency on the laxative action to produce a bowel movement. 
  • Take Ispaghula after 2 hours from other medicines, as it may interfere with the absorption of other medicines.
  • A Ispaghula should be preferably taken at bedtime because it requires 6 to 8 hours to show impact.
  • Do not try to swallow Ispaghula in the dry form. It should be taken with full glass  of water or fruit juice.


Content on this page was last updated on 28 November, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)