Psyllium use while Breastfeeding
Drugs containing Psyllium: Metamucil, Konsyl, Metamucil Orange Smooth Texture, Fiber Therapy, Reguloid, Cilium, Fiber Capsules, Laxative Natural, Hydrocil, Metamucil Orange Smooth Texture Sugar Free, Show all 40 »Genfiber, Metamucil Orange Coarse Milled Original Texture, Metamucil Original Texture Regular, Perdiem Fiber Powder, Fiberall, Perdiem, Natural Fiber Therapy, Metamucil Unflavored Smooth Texture Sugar Free, Serutan, Konsyl-D, Laxmar Sugar Free, Metamucil Berry Burst Smooth Texture Sugar Free, Konsyl Orange Sugar-free, Metamucil Pink Lemonade Smooth Texture Sugar-Free, Metamucil Unflavored Coarse Milled Original Texture, Metamucil Smooth Texture, SennaPrompt, Xyralid RC, Syllact, Laxmar Orange, Laxmar, V-Lax, Modane Bulk, Syllamalt, Konsyl for Kids, Konsyl-Orange, Fiber Eze, Alramucil, Maalox Daily Fiber Therapy, Metamucil Plus Calcium
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.
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.
Effects on Lactation and Breastmilk
Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.
Alternate Drugs to Consider
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
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