This medicine contains ispaghula husk which is a bulking agent. This means that when it is taken with water it increases the size of the faeces (stools) and helps solid waste to pass through the body. Ispaghula Husk sachets are used to treat constipation and in conditions where it is better for the patient to have soft stools. They are also used for patients who require a high fibre diet
The husk and seed of Plantago ovata are commonly known as psyllium or Ispaghula. Psyllium is widely used as a fiber supplement for the treatment of constipation. Psyllium husk is obtained by milling the seed of P.ovata.
Psyllium is classified as a mucilaginous fiber due to its powerful ability to form a gel in water. This ability comes from its role as the endosperm of the P. ovata seed, where it’s functions to retain water in order to prevent the seed from drying out. Psyllium husk contains
- High proportion of hemicellulose
- Galacturonic acid units (arabinoxylans)
- 35% soluble and 65% insoluble polysaccharides
- Adult: 3.5 g 1-3 times daily. Mix with a full glass of liq.
- Child: ≤12 yr Each level 5-mL spoonful contains 1.75 g: Half to 1 level 5-mL spoonful bid (morning and evening) to be dissolved in water.
Mild to moderate hypercholesterolaemia:
- Adult: As adjunct to lipid-lowering diet: 7.5-10 g daily. Mix with a full glass of liq.
Should be taken on an empty stomach. Take before meals with a full glass of water.
Pregnancy & Lactation
Management: Maintain adequate fluid intake.