Psyllium

Drug Levels and Effects:




Summary of Use during Lactation:


Few data are available on psyllium use during breastfeeding; however, it is unabsorbed orally. Most authorities consider psyllium acceptable to use during breastfeeding.[1][2]


Drug Levels:


Maternal Levels.

Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Infant Levels.

Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.


Effects in Breastfed Infants:


Twenty postpartum mothers were given a laxative containing 2.7 grams of plantango (psyllium) andsennaequivalent to 15 mg of sennosides a and b daily on days 2 to 4 postpartum. Of the 11 infants who were breastfed (extent notstated), none had any loose stools.[3]


Possible Effects on Lactation:


Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.


Alternate Drugs to Consider:


Bisacodyl,Docusate,Magnesium Hydroxide,Senna


References:


1. Lewis JH, Weingold AB and the Committee of FDA-Related Matters, American College of Gastroenterology. The use of gastrointestinal drugs during pregnancy and lactation. Am J Gastroenterol. 1985;80 :912-23. PMID:2864852
2. Hagemann TM. Gastrointestinal medications and breastfeeding. J Hum Lact. 1998;14:259-62. PMID:10205441
3. Faber P, Strenge-Hesse A. Relevance of rhein excretion into breast milk. Pharmacology. 1988;36 (Suppl 1):212-20. PMID:336852



Substance Identification:




Substance Name:

Psyllium

CAS Registry Number:

8063-16-9

Drug Class:


  • Cathartics


  • Administrative Information:




    LactMed Record Number:


    471


    Last Revision Date:


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