Dietary Fiber Laxative [OTC]; Evac [OTC]; Fiber Therapy [OTC]; Geri-Mucil [OTC]; Konsyl [OTC]; Konsyl-D [OTC]; Laxmar Natural Vegetable Laxat [OTC] [DSC]; MetaFiber [OTC] [DSC]; Metamucil MultiHealth Fiber [OTC]; Natural Fiber Therapy [OTC]; Natural Fiber [OTC]; Natural Psyllium Fiber [OTC] [DSC]; Natural Psyllium Seed [OTC]; Natural Vegetable Fiber [OTC]; Reguloid [OTC]; Sorbulax [OTC]
- It is used to treat hard stools (constipation).
- It is used to raise fiber in the diet.
- It may be given to your child for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.
- If your child has an allergy to this drug or any part of this drug.
- If your child is allergic to any drugs like this one or any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell the doctor about the allergy and what signs your child had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- If your child has a bowel block.
- If your child has trouble swallowing.
- Tell dentists, surgeons, and other doctors that your child is using this drug.
- If your child has phenylketonuria (PKU), talk with your child’s doctor. Some products have phenylalanine.
- Try to space other drugs from this one by 2 hours. This drug stops many drugs from getting into the body.
- Do not use other laxatives or stool softeners unless told to do so by the doctor.
- If your child does not take this drug with lots of liquid, it may swell and block your child’s throat or swallowing tube (esophagus). This may cause choking. Do not give if your child has trouble swallowing. If your child has chest pain, throws up, or has trouble swallowing or breathing after taking this drug, get help right away.
If your child is pregnant or breast-feeding a baby:
- Talk with the doctor if your child is pregnant, becomes pregnant, or is breast-feeding a baby. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this drug.
- 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.
- Very upset stomach or throwing up.
- Very bad belly pain.
- Bleeding from rectum or rectal pain.
- Belly pain.
- Belly cramps.
- Give this drug with or without food.
- Give this drug with a full glass of water.
- Have your child drink lots of noncaffeine liquids every day unless told to drink less liquid by your child’s doctor.
- Have your child swallow whole. Do not let your child chew, break, or crush.
- If your child takes more than 1 capsule per dose, be sure your child swallows only 1 capsule at a time.
- Mix with a full glass of water or other liquid and have your child drink.
- If your child takes this drug on a regular basis, give a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
- If it is close to the time for your child’s next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your child’s normal time.
- Do not give 2 doses or extra doses.
- Many times this drug is given on an as needed basis. Do not give to your child more often than told by the doctor.
- Store at room temperature.
- Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.
- If your child’s symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your child’s doctor.
- Do not share your child’s drug with others and do not give anyone else’s drug to your child.
- Keep a list of all your child’s drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child’s doctor.
- Talk with your child’s doctor before giving your child any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your child’s doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.