Brand & Generic Names
- Habit forming? No
- Prescription needed? No
- Available as generic? No
- Drug class: Laxative (bulk-forming), antidiarrheal
- Relieves constipation and prevents straining for bowel
- Stops diarrhea.
Dosage & Usage Information
How to take:
Tablets (laxative)--Swallow with 8 oz. cold liquid. Drink 6 to
8 glasses of water each day in addition to the one with each
Tablets (diarrhea)--Take without water at half-hour intervals.
Chewable tablets--Chew well before swallowing.
When to take:
At the same times each day.
If you forget a dose:
Take as soon as you remember. Resume
What drug does:
Absorbs water, stimulating the bowel to form a soft, bulky stool
and decreasing watery diarrhea.
Time lapse before drug works:
May require 2 or 3 days to begin,
then works in 12 to 24 hours.
Don't take with:
Any other medicine without consulting your doctor or pharmacist.
Don't take within 2 hours of taking another medicine.
WHAT TO DO:
Overdose unlikely to threaten life. If person takes much larger
amount than prescribed, call doctor, poison-control center or
hospital emergency room for instructions.
Possible Adverse Reactions or Side Effects
"lump in throat"
Itchy skin, rash,
Warnings & Precautions
Don't take if:
- You are allergic to any bulk-forming laxative.
- You have symptoms of appendicitis, inflamed bowel or
- You have missed a bowel movement for only 1 or 2 days.
Before you start, consult your doctor:
- If you have diabetes.
- If you have a laxative habit.
- If you have rectal bleeding.
- If you have difficulty swallowing.
- If you take other laxatives.
Over age 60:
Adverse reactions and side effects may be more frequent and
severe than in younger persons.
Most bulk-forming laxatives contain sodium or sugars which may
cause fluid retention. Avoid if possible. Consult doctor.
No problems expected. Consult doctor.
Infants & children:
Use only under medical supervision.
Don't take for more than 1 week unless under a doctor's
supervision. May cause laxative dependence.
Skin & sunlight:
No problems expected.
Driving, piloting or hazardous work:
No problems expected.
May be unnecessary to finish medicine. Follow doctor's
Don't take to "flush out" your system or as a "tonic."
Possible Interaction with Other Drugs
||Decreased tetracycline effect.
Possible Interaction with Other Substances