Generic name: psyllium [ SIL-ee-um ]
Brand names: Hydrocil, Konsyl, Laxmar, Metamucil, Natural Fiber Therapy, Reguloid
Drug class: Laxatives
What is Konsyl?
Konsyl is a bulk-forming fiber laxative that is used to treat occasional constipation or bowel irregularity.
Konsyl may also help lower cholesterol when used together with a diet low in cholesterol and saturated fat.
Konsyl may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.
Before taking this medicine
You should not take Konsyl if you have ever had an allergic reaction to it.
Ask a doctor or pharmacist if Konsyl is safe to use if you have ever had:
trouble swallowing; or
a sudden change in bowel habits lasting longer than 2 weeks.
This medicine may contain sugar, sodium, or phenylalanine. Check the medication label if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, phenylketonuria (PKU), or if you are on a low-salt diet.
Ask a doctor before using this medicine if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Your dose needs may be different during pregnancy or while you are nursing.
Do not give Konsyl to a child younger than 6 years old without medical advice.
How should I take Konsyl?
Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor.
Laxatives may be habit-forming if they are used too often or for too long.
Konsyl can swell in your throat and cause choking if you don't take it with enough liquid. Drink plenty of fluids each day to help improve bowel regularity.
Take Konsyl with a full glass (at least 8 ounces) of water or other liquid.
Swallow Konsyl capsules one at a time.
Konsyl powder must be mixed with liquid before you take it. Do not swallow the dry powder. Mix with at least 8 ounces of liquid such as water or fruit juice. Stir and drink this mixture right away. Add a little more water to the glass, swirl gently and drink right away.
Konsyl usually produces a bowel movement within 12 to 72 hours.
Do not take Konsyl for longer than 7 days in a row without a doctor's advice. Using a laxative too often or for too long may cause severe medical problems with your intestines.
Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve, or if they get worse.
Konsyl may be only part of a complete program of treatment that also includes diet, exercise, and weight control. Follow your doctor's instructions very closely.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the container tightly closed when not in use.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Since Konsyl is used when needed, you may not be on a dosing schedule. Skip any missed dose if it's almost time for your next dose. Do not use two doses at one time.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
What should I avoid while taking Konsyl?
Avoid breathing in the dust from Konsyl powder when mixing. Inhaling this medicine dust may cause an allergic reaction.
If you take Konsyl as part of a cholesterol-lowering treatment plan, avoid eating foods high in fat or cholesterol or your overall treatment will not be as effective.
Konsyl side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Konsyl may cause serious side effects. Stop using Konsyl and call your doctor at once if you have:
constipation that lasts longer than 7 days;
rectal bleeding; or
severe stomach pain.
Common side effects of Konsyl may include:
minor change in your bowel habits.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What other drugs will affect Konsyl?
Konsyl can make it harder for your body to absorb other medicines you take by mouth, possibly making them less effective. If you take any oral medicines, take them 2 hours before or 2 hours after you take this medicine.
Other drugs may affect Konsyl, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any medicine you start or stop using.
More about Konsyl (psyllium)
- Check interactions
- Reviews (8)
- Drug images
- Side effects
- Dosage information
- During pregnancy
- Drug class: laxatives
- En español
Metamucil, Reguloid, Hydrocil, Laxmar, Natural Fiber Therapy
Related treatment guides
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
Copyright 1996-2023 Cerner Multum, Inc. Version: 9.01.