Fybogel

 
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Overview

Information specific to: Fybogel.

About Fybogel and how it works

This medicine is a natural plant extract which helps relieve constipation and maintain regularity particularly in people who need to take an increased fibre diet. This medicine can help relieve symptoms of diarrhoea as well and may be useful for people who have had part of their bowel removed. As it can be used to control diarrhoea or constipation, it may be helpful in managing conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, diverticular disease or ulcerative colitis. It can also be used to ease the passing of stools in situations where it may be painful such as haemorrhoids.

This medicine swells as it absorbs water in the bowel and the increased bulk in the bowel helps regulate bowel movement. It also softens stools and makes them pass through the bowel more easily and is particularly useful if stools are small and hard as it reduces straining.

This medicine is available in the form of granules that need to be dispersed in a glass of water and taken by mouth. You must take this medicine as soon as possible after preparing it. Do not inhale the powder when preparing your medicine.

Make sure you drink plenty of fluid.

It is best to take this medicine after meals but do not take this medicine just before going to bed.

Speak to your doctor if your bowels do not open after three days of taking this medicine, or if you get any other symptoms during treatment with this medicine.

Before using Fybogel

This medicine may not be suitable for everyone and some people must never take it. Check the leaflet that comes with your medicine to make sure that the medicine is suitable before taking it.

Always get advice from a healthcare professional before taking this medicine if:

  • you are allergic or sensitive to or have had a reaction to any of the ingredients in the medicine
  • this medicine is for a child under six years of age
  • you have a bowel obstruction
  • you have phenylketonuria
  • you have impacted faeces
  • you have decreased motility or paralysis of the bowels

Medicines interactions

If you are taking more than one medicine they may interact with each other. Before taking this medicine consult your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines including vitamins supplements and herbal or complementary preparations.

The following medicines may interact with this medicine:

  • cardiac glycosides
  • coumarin derivatives
  • lithium
  • vitamins such as vitamin B12
  • minerals such as calcium, iron, or zinc

Possible side effects of Fybogel

Most medicines can cause some side-effects but not everyone taking the same medicine will get the same side-effects.

The following side-effects have been associated with people taking this medicine:

  • hypersensitivity reactions such as rhinitis, conjunctivitis, bronchospasm and rarely anaphylaxis
  • itching and skin problems
  • distension of the stomach
  • flatulence

If you experience other side effects or have any other worrying symptoms while you are taking this medicine, seek medical advice.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding

This medicine is not known to cause any problems during pregnancy or while breast-feeding. However, as with all medicines, you should seek medical advice from your doctor before taking this medicine if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.

Other important information

Make sure that you read the leaflet that comes with your medicine to check what dose you should take and if there is anything that you need to do if you take more than the recommended dose. If you are in any doubt about whether this medicine is suitable for you, speak to your doctor or pharmacist.

This medicine is available in three different flavours: plain, orange or lemon.

Keep all medicines out of the sight and reach of children.

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