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Psyllium seed, Blonde

Plantaginis ovatae semen

Indische Flohsamen

Published

February 1, 1990

;
Revised

April 19, 1991

Name of Drug

Plantaginis ovatae semen, psyllium seed, blonde psyllium seed.

Composition of Drug

Psyllium, consisting of the ripe seeds of Plantago ovata Forsskaol (syn.   P.  isphagula Roxburgh) [Fam.  Plantaginaceae] and pharmaceutical preparations thereof.   The drug contains bulking agents.

Chronic constipation; disorders in which easy bowel movements with a loose stool are desirable, e.g., in patients with anal fissures, hemorrhoids, following anal/rectal surgery; during pregnancy; as a secondary medication in the treatment of various kinds of diarrhea and in the treatment of irritable bowel.

Contraindications

Stenosis of the gastrointestinal tract.  Obstruction or threatening obstruction of the bowel (ileus).  Difficulties in regulating diabetes mellitus.

Side Effects

In rare cases allergic reactions may occur.

Interactions with Other Drugs
Dosage

Unless otherwise prescribed: Daily dose: 12 - 40 g of the drug;equivalent preparations.

Mode of Administration

The whole seeds as well as other galenical preparations to be taken orally.   Note:Sufficient fluids must be taken with the drug, e.g., 150 ml water to 5 g drug.  The dose should be taken a half hour to one hour after taking other medication.

Duration of Administration

Warning:If diarrhea lasts for more than 3 - 4 days, a physician must be consulted.

Actions

Diarrhea: An increase of the passage time of the bowel content through bonding of water.   Constipation: A decrease of the passage time of the bowel content through increase in the volume of the stool.   A lowering of the serum-cholesterol level.

Approved Herbs with Similar Pharmacological Actions
as Psyllium seed, Blonde
Cholesterol Lowering
Peristalsis, Regulation of