LEMON | LIME FLAVOUR REGULAN
NAME OF THE MEDICINAL PRODUCT
Lemon/Lime Flavour Regulan.
QUALITATIVE AND QUANTITATIVE COMPOSITION
Lemon/Lime Flavour Regulan contains 3.4g of Ispaghula Husk, BP.
Premeasured, single-dose sachets containing a lemon/lime flavoured beige,
fine ground powder, which when reconstituted with water is intended for oral
For the relief of constipation and for patients who need to increase their daily
Posology and Method of Administration
The measured dosage should be poured into a glass and 150m1 (¼ pint) of cool
water, milk, fruit juice or other liquid added, stirred, and taken immediately.
Additional liquid may be taken if required. Adequate fluid
intake should be
Adults and children over 12 years
Usual dosage is the entire contents of one sachet taken one to three times daily.
No alteration in dosage necessary.
Children 6-12 years
A reduced dosage based upon age of the child should be given. ½ - 1 level
teaspoonful one to three times daily.
When preparing the product for administration, it is important to try to avoid inhaling
any of the powder in order to minimise the risk of sensitisation to the active
Known hypersensitivity to ispaghula or any of the ingredients (See 4.4 Special
Warnings and Special Precautions for Use).
Not to be given to patients with intestinal obstruction, faecal impaction, colonic
atony or hypersensitivity to ispaghula.or any of the ingredients.
Do not give to children under 6 years of age, unless on the advice of a doctor
Special Warnings and Special Precautions for Use
It is important to take the product with sufficient fluid Lemon/Lime Flavour Regulan
should always be taken as a liquid suspension and should be drunk immediately after
mixing. The product should not be taken if you have difficulty swallowing unless on
the advice of a doctor. The last dose should not be taken immediately before going to
sleep since impaired or reduced gastric motility may impair the intestinal passage and
then cause sub-obstruction. The product should be taken ½ to 1 hour before or after
intake of other oral medicines. The drug may cause allergic reactions in people
sensitive to inhaled or ingested ispaghula powder.
It may be advisable to supervise treatment in the elderly or debilitated and patients
with intestinal narrowing or decreased motility, as rare instances of gastrointestinal
obstruction have been reported with mucilloid preparations when taken, contrary to
the administration instructions, with insufficient liquid.
Warning on hypersensitivity reactions
In individuals who have continued occupational contact with the product (powder) ie.
healthcare workers, caregivers etc, allergic sensitisation may occur due to inhalation;
this is more frequent in atopic individuals. This sensitisation usually leads to
hypersensitivity reactions which could be serious (See 4.8 Undesirable effects).
It is recommended to assess clinically the possible sensitisation of individuals at risk
and, if justified, to perform specific diagnostic tests.
In case of proven sensitisation leading to hypersensitivity reactions, exposure to the
product should be stopped immediately and avoided in the future (See 4.3 Contraindications)
Each sachet contains 25 mg of phenylalanine and this should be considered in
The colouring agent, Sunset Yellow, can cause allergic type reactions including
asthma. Allergy is more common in those people who are allergic to aspirin.
If symptoms persist consult your doctor
Keep out of reach and sight of children.
Interactions with other Medicinal Products and other forms of
There are no known clinical relevant interactions.
Pregnancy and lactation
Controlled studies in pregnant and lactating women are not available, but the
product has been in wide use for many years without apparent ill consequence
and animal studies have shown no hazard. Ispaghula is not thought to be
absorbed nor is it thought to enter breast milk. Nevertheless the benefits of
therapy should be weighed against the possible risks if used during pregnancy
Effects on ability to drive and use machines
Regulan (Ispaghula), as with other bulk laxatives, may temporarily increase
flatulence and abdominal distension when the product is first used. Other
symptoms including nausea, diarrhoea and abdominal discomfort or pain have
rarely been reported (<1 in 1000).
Intestinal obstruction and faecal impaction may occur very rarely (<1 in 10,000),
especially if the product is taken with insufficient fluid.
Immune system disorders:
Ispaghula contains potent allergens. The exposure to these allergens is possible
through oral administration, contact with the skin and, in the case of powder
formulations, also by inhalation.
As a consequence to this allergic potential, individuals exposed to the product can
develop hypersensitivity reactions such as rhinitis, conjunctivitis, bronchospasm and
in some cases, anaphylaxis (very rare, <1 in 10,000). Cutaneous symptoms such as
skin rashes, allergic dermatitis, urticaria and/or pruritus have also very rarely been
reported (<1 in 10,000). Special attention should be given to individuals handling the
powder formulations routinely (See 4.4 Special warnings and precautions for use).
No instances of true overdosage have been reported. If overdosage should
occur there is no specific treatment and symptomatic measures should be
The active constituent, ispaghula husk, is the epidermis and collapsed adjacent
layers removed from the dried ripe seeds of plantago ovata, containing
mucilage and hemicelluloses.
The ispaghula husk is not absorbed and produces its effect as a bulking agent
by physical means alone.
Preclinical safety data
List of excipients
Sunset Yellow FCF
Regulan is sugar free and gluten free. Each sachet contains 0.23 mmol of
Special precautions for storage
Store in a dry place not above 25ºC.
Nature and contents of container
Paper/foil/polyethylene sachets. The product is available in pack sizes of 30
Instructions for Use/Handling
A patient leaflet is provided with details of use and handling of the product.
See 4.2 Posology and Method of Administration
MARKETING AUTHORISATION HOLDER
Procter & Gamble (Health & Beauty Care) Limited
MARKETING AUTHORISATION NUMBER(S)
DATE OF FIRST AUTHORISATION/RENEWAL OF THE
15th September 1992 / 6th March 1998
DATE OF REVISION OF THE TEXT