Psyllium use while Breastfeeding

Drugs containing Psyllium: Metamucil, Konsyl, Metamucil Orange Smooth Texture, Fiber Therapy, Reguloid, Metamucil Original Texture Regular, Fiber Capsules, Cilium, Fiberall, Konsyl-D, Show all 40 »Perdiem, Hydrocil, Metamucil Orange Smooth Texture Sugar Free, V-Lax, Konsyl Orange Sugar-free, Modane Bulk, Metamucil Unflavored Coarse Milled Original Texture, Laxmar Orange, Laxmar, Natural Fiber Therapy, Metamucil Orange Coarse Milled Original Texture, Metamucil Berry Burst Smooth Texture Sugar Free, Fiber Eze, SennaPrompt, Metamucil Pink Lemonade Smooth Texture Sugar-Free, Laxmar Sugar Free, Metamucil Unflavored Smooth Texture Sugar Free, Metamucil Smooth Texture, Metamucil Plus Calcium, Syllact, Konsyl for Kids, Syllamalt, Xyralid RC, Perdiem Fiber Powder, Konsyl-Orange, Laxative Natural, Serutan, Alramucil, Maalox Daily Fiber Therapy, Genfiber

Psyllium Levels and Effects while Breastfeeding

Summary of Use during Lactation

Few data are available on psyllium use during breastfeeding; however, it is unabsorbed orally. Most authorities consider psyllium acceptable to use during breastfeeding.[1][2]

Drug Levels

Maternal Levels. Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Infant Levels. Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Effects in Breastfed Infants

Twenty postpartum mothers were given a laxative containing 2.7 grams of plantango (psyllium) and senna equivalent to 15 mg of sennosides a and b daily on days 2 to 4 postpartum. Of the 11 infants who were breastfed (extent notstated), none had any loose stools.[3]

Possible Effects on Lactation

Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Alternate Drugs to Consider

Bisacodyl, Docusate, Magnesium Hydroxide, Senna

References

1. Lewis JH, Weingold AB and the Committee of FDA-Related Matters, American College of Gastroenterology. The use of gastrointestinal drugs during pregnancy and lactation. Am J Gastroenterol. 1985;80 :912-23. PMID: 2864852

2. Hagemann TM. Gastrointestinal medications and breastfeeding. J Hum Lact. 1998;14:259-62. PMID: 10205441

3. Faber P, Strenge-Hesse A. Relevance of rhein excretion into breast milk. Pharmacology. 1988;36 (Suppl 1):212-20. PMID: 336852

Psyllium Identification

Substance Name

Psyllium

CAS Registry Number

8063-16-9

Drug Class

  • Cathartics

Administrative Information

LactMed Record Number

471

Information from the National Library of Medicine's LactMed Database.

Last Revision Date

2013-09-07

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