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Psyllium use while Breastfeeding

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Aug 9, 2023.

Drugs containing Psyllium: Metamucil, Reguloid, Laxative Natural, Konsyl, Fiber Capsules, Metamucil Orange Smooth Texture, Fiberall, Laxmar, Modane Bulk, Perdiem Fiber Powder, Show all 42 »Cilium, Hydrocil, Genfiber, Metamucil Orange Smooth Texture Sugar Free, Fiber Therapy, Metamucil Original Texture Regular, Perdiem, Metamucil Plus Calcium, Xyralid RC, Syllamalt, V-Lax, Konsyl for Kids, Konsyl-Orange, Konsyl-D, Maalox Daily Fiber Therapy, Alramucil, Serutan, Fiber Eze, Natural Fiber Therapy, Laxmar Orange, Konsyl Orange Sugar-free, Metamucil Unflavored Coarse Milled Original Texture, Metamucil Orange Coarse Milled Original Texture, Metamucil Unflavored Smooth Texture Sugar Free, Metamucil Berry Burst Smooth Texture Sugar Free, Laxmar Sugar Free, Metamucil Pink Lemonade Smooth Texture Sugar-Free, Metamucil Smooth Texture, Metamucil MultiHealth Fiber, Metamucil MultiHealth Fiber Sugar-free, Syllact, SennaPrompt

Psyllium Levels and Effects while Breastfeeding

Summary of Use during Lactation

Few data are available on psyllium use during breastfeeding. However, the drug is not absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract, so it cannot enter the breastmilk. Psyllium is 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 not stated), none had any loose stools.[3]

Effects on Lactation and Breastmilk

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

Alternate Drugs to Consider

(Constipation) Bisacodyl, Docusate, Magnesium Hydroxide, Sodium Phosphate; (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) Linaclotide, Lubiprostone, Plecanatide, Prucalopride, Tenapanor


Lewis JH, Weingold AB., 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. [PubMed: 2864852]
Hagemann TM. Gastrointestinal medications and breastfeeding. J Hum Lact. 1998;14:259–62. [PubMed: 10205441]
Faber P, Strenge-Hesse A. Relevance of rhein excretion into breast milk. Pharmacology. 1988;36 Suppl 1:212–20. [PubMed: 3368521]

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Breast Feeding


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