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Psyllium use while Breastfeeding

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

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2019.

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 notstated), 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


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

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Breast Feeding



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