Generic Name: Konsyl Brand Name(s): Konsyl.

Uses

What is Konsyl® (psyllium powder) used for?

Konsyl® is commonly used to treat hard stools (constipation). It is used to raise fiber in the diet. It may be given to you for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.

How should I take Konsyl® (psyllium powder)?

Use Konsyl® as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

Take with or without food.

Take with a full glass of water.

Drink lots of noncaffeine liquids unless told to drink less liquid by your doctor.

Mix with water or juice as you have been told and drink.

How do I store Konsyl® (psyllium powder)?

Konsyl® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Konsyl® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Konsyl® that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush Konsyl® down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Konsyl® (psyllium powder)?

Before using this drug, tell your doctor if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
  • You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of Konsyl® or other medications.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
  • You have any of these health problems: Bowel block, belly pain, upset stomach, rectal bleeding, throwing up, or change in bowel habits lasting >2 weeks.
  • You have trouble swallowing.

Tell all of your health care providers that you take this medicine. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.

Try to space other drugs from this one by 2 hours. This medicine stops many drugs from getting into the body.

Do not use Konsyl® for more than 1 week unless told to do so by your doctor.

If you have rectal bleeding or you do not have a bowel movement after using this medicine, talk with your doctor.

Do not use other laxatives or stool softeners unless told to do so by the doctor.

If you do not take Konsyl® with lots of liquid, it may swell and block your throat or swallowing tube (esophagus) and may cause choking. Do not take if you have trouble swallowing. If you have chest pain, are throwing up, or have trouble swallowing or breathing after taking this drug, get help right away.

If you have phenylketonuria (PKU), talk with your doctor. Some products have phenylalanine.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this medicine while you are pregnant.

Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There isn’t enough information about the safety of using Konsyl® during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Konsyl®.

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Konsyl® (psyllium powder)?

Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Trouble swallowing.

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

 

Interactions

What drugs may interact with Konsyl® (psyllium powder)?

Konsyl® may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Does food or alcohol interact with Konsyl® (psyllium powder)?

Konsyl® may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with Konsyl® (psyllium powder)?

Konsyl® may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using this Konsyl® (psyllium powder).

What is the dose of Konsyl® (psyllium powder) for an adult?

Usual Adult Dose for Constipation

Daily fiber:

Adults 19 to 50 years: Male: 38 g/day; Female: 25 g/day

Pregnancy: 28 g/day

Lactation: 29 g/day

Dose: 1 to 2 rounded teaspoonfuls, 1 to 2 packets, 1 to 2 wafers, or 5 to 6 capsules orally with 8 ounces of fluid 1 to 3 times a day.

Usual Adult Dose for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Daily fiber:

Adults 19 to 50 years: Male: 38 g/day; Female: 25 g/day

Pregnancy: 28 g/day

Lactation: 29 g/day

Dose: 1 to 2 rounded teaspoonfuls, 1 to 2 packets, 1 to 2 wafers, or 5 to 6 capsules orally with 8 ounces of fluid 1 to 3 times a day.

What is the dose of Konsyl® (psyllium powder) for a child?

Usual Pediatric Dose for Constipation

Daily fiber:

  • Children 1 to 3 years: 19 g/day
  • Children 4 to 8 years: 25 g/day
  • Children 9 to 13 years: Male: 31 g/day; Female: 26 g/day
  • Children 14 to 18 years: Male: 38 g/day; Female: 26 g/day

Constipation:

  • Children 6 to 11 years: 1.25 to 15 g orally per day in divided doses
  • Children greater than or equal to 12 years and Adults: 2.5 to 30 g per day in divided doses

How is Konsyl® (psyllium powder) available?

Konsyl® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Powder

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Konsyl®, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

 

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Review Date: November 9, 2017 | Last Modified: November 9, 2017

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