Fybogel - Ispaghula husk
Fybogel is a supplement made from a plant Ispaghula husk, used to treat the constipation. It could also be used by patients suffering from irritable bowel syndrome, chronic diarrhea, hemorrhoids, ulcerative colitis, colostomy, ileostomy or anal fissure.
It is believed that Ispaghula husk can lower high cholesterol in the blood, and therefore could be used to treat this condition also. Most likely, Ispaghula husk decrease the bile acids necessary to absorb the cholesterol, and that way less cholesterol gets absorbed fro the intestines into the bloodstream.
Ispaghula husk is a bulk forming laxative plant. The fibers in the plant swell in contact with the fluid of the intestines, increasing the volume of the intestinal content and easing gastrointestinal problems.
Fybogel should be taken with plenty of water or some other liquid, and the full effect is to be expected several days later. The medication is especially helpful for people intolerable to cellulose.
Patients using fybogel often experience overload of gases in the stomach and intestines, known as flatulence. Bloating and swelling of the abdomen, leading to abdomen distension are also reported by the patients using this medication. Some people might experience bowel obstruction while using ispaghula husk.
Fybogel is not known to cause interaction with other medications.
Fybogel is not known to cause any harm to pregnant women, unborn babies or breastfeeding moms, but if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant consult the doctor about using this medication.
Older people should be careful when using this medication and always use enough of fluids for the drug to work.
Fybogel should not be used in intestinal obstruction, feacal impaction, and in patient suffering from swallowing difficulties or phenylketonuria. Also, patients allergic to Ispaghula husk or any substance present in the medication should not use fybogel. Any previous allergic reaction to this drug should be reported to your doctor. If you happen to experience an allergy while using the fybogel, stop the medication and ask for medical advice.
Using the Medicine
This drug is known to swell in contact with water and because of that it should always be carefully swallowed. Drink enough of fluids while using this medication. Keep in mind that doctors do not recommend using fybogel before bedtime.
This medication is a type of fiber, advisable to use in cases when the dietary intake of fiber can’t be increased or when people can’t tolerate cellulose.