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Psyllium use while Breastfeeding

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

Medically reviewed on April 11, 2017.

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]

Effects on Lactation and Breastmilk

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

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