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Psyllium use while Breastfeeding

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

Medically reviewed on Aug 18, 2018

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

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

Breast Feeding

Lactation

Cathartics

Gastrointestinal Agents

Laxatives

Administrative Information

LactMed Record Number

471

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