What is blond psyllium used for?
Blond psyllium is an herb. The seed and the outer covering of the seed (husk) are used to make medicine.
Blond psyllium is used as a laxative and for softening stools in people with hemorrhoids, anal fissures, and after anal surgery. It is also used for diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), ulcerative colitis, and dysentery. Other uses include high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, weight control, and serious renal disease.
Some people apply blond psyllium to the skin as a poultice for boils.
How does it work?
There are not enough studies about how blond psyllium works. Please discuss with your herbalist or doctor for more information. However, it is known that the husks of the psyllium seed absorb water and form a large mass. In people with constipation, this mass stimulates the bowel to move. In people with diarrhea, it can slow down the bowel and reduce bowel movements.
Precautions & warnings
What should I know before using blond psyllium?
Consult with your doctor or pharmacist or herbalist, 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.
- You have allergy with any substances of blond psyllium or other medications or other herbs.
- You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
- You have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals.
The regulations for an herb are less strict than the regulations for a drug. More studies are needed to determine its safety. The benefits of taking this herb must outweigh the risks before use. Consult with your herbalist or doctor for more information.
How safe is blond psyllium?
Blond psyllium is likely safe for most people when taken by mouth with plenty of fluids. Drink at least 8 ounces of fluids for every 3-5 grams of husk or 7 grams of seed.
Special precautions & warnings
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Blond psyllium is likely safe when taken by mouth appropriately.
Growths in the large intestine and rectum (colorectal adenoma): Blond psyllium might increase the risk of adenoma recurrence in people with a history of colorectal adenoma. People who have had this condition should avoid blond psyllium.
Diabetes: Blond psyllium can lower blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. Monitor blood sugar levels closely. Doses of conventional antidiabetes medications may need adjustment. Another consideration is that some commercial blond psyllium products can contain added sugars that might increase blood sugar levels.
Gastrointestinal (GI) disorders: Don’t use blond psyllium if you tend to develop hard stools in the rectum due to ongoing constipation (fecal impaction), GI tract narrowing, obstruction, or conditions that can lead to obstruction, such as spastic bowel.
Allergy: Some patients can have severe hypersensitivity reactions to blond psyllium. This is more likely to occur in patients with previous occupational exposure to blond psyllium. Don’t use blond psyllium if you are sensitive to it.
Low blood pressure: Blond psyllium can lower blood pressure in people with high and normal blood pressure. Taking blond psyllium might make blood pressure drop too low in people who already have low blood pressure.
Phenylketonuria: Some blond psyllium preparations are sweetened with aspartame (Nutrasweet) and should be avoided in patients with phenylketonuria.
Surgery: Blond psyllium might affect blood sugar levels, making blood sugar control more difficult during and after surgery. Stop taking blond psyllium at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
Swallowing disorders: Do not use blond psyllium if you have problems swallowing. Blond psyllium might increase your risk of choking.
What kind of side effects may I have from blond psyllium?
Some people can have an allergic response to blond psyllium with symptoms such as swollen nasal passages, sneezing, swollen eyelids, hives, and asthma. Some people can also become sensitized to psyllium through exposure at work or repeated use of psyllium. Stop using blond psyllium and get medical attention immediately if you develop symptoms such as flushing, severe itching, shortness of breath, wheezing, swelling of the face or body, chest and throat tightness, or loss of consciousness.
Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about side effects, please consult your herbalist or doctor.
What interactions may I have with blond psyllium?
Blond psyllium may interact with your current medications or medical conditions. Consult with your herbalist or doctor before using.
Products that may interact with blond psyllium include:
- Carbamazepine (Tegretol)
Blond psyllium contains large amounts of fiber. Fiber can decrease how much carbamazepine (Tegretol) the body absorbs. By decreasing how much carbamazepine (Tegretol) the body absorbs blond psyllium might decrease the effectiveness of carbamazepine (Tegretol).
Blond psyllium contains large amounts of fiber. Fiber can decrease how much lithium the body absorbs. Taking lithium along with blond psyllium might decrease the effectiveness of lithium. To avoid his interaction take blond psyllium at least one hour after lithium.
- Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs)
Blond psyllium might decrease blood sugar by decreasing the absorption of sugars from food. Diabetes medications are also used to lower blood sugar. Taking blond psyllium with diabetes medications might cause your blood sugar to be too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely. The dose of your diabetes medication might need to be changed.
Some medications used for diabetes include glimepiride (Amaryl), glyburide (DiaBeta, Glynase PresTab, Micronase), insulin, pioglitazone (Actos), rosiglitazone (Avandia), chlorpropamide (Diabinese), glipizide (Glucotrol), tolbutamide (Orinase), and others.
- Warfarin (Coumadin)
Warfarin (Coumadin) is used to slow blood clotting. Some people worry that blond psyllium may decrease warfarin (Coumadin) absorption and its effectiveness, which could increase the risk of clotting. But blond psyllium does NOT seem to affect warfarin (Coumadin) absorption or effectiveness.
- Digoxin (Lanoxin)
Blond psyllium is high in fiber. Fiber can decrease the absorption and decrease the effectiveness of digoxin (Lanoxin). As a general rule, any medications taken by mouth should be taken one hour before or four hours after black psyllium to prevent this interaction.
- Ethinyl estradiol
Ethinyl estradiol is a form of estrogen that’s in some estrogen products and birth control pills. Some people worry that psyllium can decrease how much ethinyl estradiol the body absorbs. But it is unlikely that psyllium will significantly affect ethinyl estradiol absorption.
The information provided is not a substitute for medical advice. ALWAYS consult your herbalist or doctor before using this medication.
What is the usual dose for blond psyllium?
The following doses have been studied in scientific research:
- As a laxative for constipation: 7-40 grams of blond psyllium seed per day, in 2-4 divided doses.
- For diarrhea: 7-18 grams of blond psyllium, in 2-3 divided doses or 5 grams of a combination of blond psyllium, calcium carbonate, and calcium phosphate (in ratio of 4:1:1 by weight).
- For decreasing diarrhea in patients receiving tube feedings: up to 30 grams of blond psyllium daily in divided doses of 2.5-7.5 grams per dose. It may be given through the feeding tube, either mixed with the nutritional formula or all at once followed by a flush with water. However, use care, because psyllium might clog the feeding tube.
- For chronic diarrhea after gall bladder surgery: 6.5 grams of blond psyllium three times daily.
- For diarrhea that sometimes accompanies the use of a medicine called misoprostol: 3.4 grams of blond psyllium twice daily.
- For irritable bowel syndrome (IBS): 10-30 grams of blond psyllium seed husk in two to three divided doses daily. 10 grams of blond psyllium seed husk twice daily with 15 mg of propantheline three times daily has also been used.
- For reducing the gastrointestinal (GI) side effects of a medicine called orlistat: 6 grams of blond psyllium three times daily with each orlistat dose.
- For keeping symptoms of ulcerative colitis under control: 10 grams of blond psyllium seeds, taken twice daily.
- For relieving bleeding from hemorrhoids: 3.5 grams of psyllium seed husk, twice daily for three months.
- For high cholesterol: 3.4 grams of blond psyllium seed husk three times daily or 5.1 grams twice daily. However, doses up to 20.4 grams per day have been tried. Cereal with added psyllium that provides 12 grams of soluble fiber per day has also been used. A mixture of 2.1 grams of psyllium, 1.3 grams of pectin, 1.1 grams of guar gum and 0.5 grams of locust bean gum has been used three times daily. A combination of 2.5 grams of blond psyllium powder (Metamucil) with 2.5 grams of colestipol, taken three times daily has also been used. A combination of simvastatin (Zocor) 10 mg and blond psyllium (Metamucil) 15 grams daily has also been used. In children with high cholesterol: cereal containing 5-10 grams of psyllium daily.
- For type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol: 15 grams of blond psyllium in three divided doses.
- For reducing the glycemic index of food in patients with type 2 diabetes: 15 grams of blond psyllium in three divided doses with a carbohydrate meal has been used.
- For high blood pressure: 15 grams of blond psyllium husks daily for 8 weeks.
The dose for blond psyllium may be different for every patient. The dose that you take depends on your age, health, and several other conditions. Herbs are not always safe. Please discuss with your herbalist or doctor for your appropriate dosage.
What form does blond psyllium come in?
Blond psyllium may be available in the following forms:
- Blond psyllium powder
- Raw psyllium husk
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