Psyllium Husk is a medication which is used for constipation. It works by increasing the stool bulk, an effect that helps to improve the movement of the intestines. In addition, this product makes the stool softer by increasing the amount of water in it.
Psyllium is considered to be a laxative which has been used for the treatment of high cholesterol in combination with a proper diet. This medicine may also be used to remove the irritable bowel syndrome symptoms.
Psyllium husk has to be taken by mouth according to the doctor's directions. If you treat yourself without the supervision of a doctor, you should follow all the directions given on the product's package. If you are not sure about the information, consult your doctor or any other medical worker. To prevent choking from psyllium husk, it should be taken with a full glass of water. The wafers of psyllium husk should be chewed thoroughly before swallowing. This medication tends to decrease the absorption of other medications.
Psyllium husk is a medication that can cause gas or stomach cramping. If these effects worsen, inform your doctor immediately. If your doctor has explained you how to use the medication, remember that the benefit is greater than the risk. Most of people who use psyllium husk don't have side effects.
Psyllium husk has to be taken with a big glass of water (240 milliliters). This product has a tendency to swell, so ensure that you have swallowed it, and it won't cause choking. Ask for immediate medical aid if you face the symptoms of choking: vomiting, chest pain, difficulty swallowing or breathing.
Severe allergic reactions to psyllium husk are very rare. But you should ask for immediate medical help if you feel any symptoms of allergic reactions, such as: itching, rash, swelling (of the throat, tongue or face), trouble breathing, severe dizziness. This is not a full list of possible psyllium husk side effects. In case of getting any other effect, inform your doctor.