* *ADVISORY* *Psyllium can interfere with the absorption of tricyclic antidepressants, anti-seizure medication, diabetes medications, bile acid sequestering medicines and lithium. If you take any of these medications, discuss its use with your health care provider.
DOSAGE:Adults: Start slowly, and work up to 3-6 grams of psyllium (1-2 teaspoons) with 8 oz. water, up to 3 times/day. Children ages 6-12: Start slowly, and work up to 3 grams of psyllium (1 teaspoon) with 4-8 oz. water, up to 3 times/day. Psyllium should be taken at least two hours before or after other medicines to prevent its interference with their absorption. Always take psyllium with a full glass of water.
CONCLUSION:We conclude that psyllium is a safe and effective product for lowering LDL cholesterol, and for IBS (with predominant symptoms being constipation and diarrhea). It is important to remain well hydrated when using psyllium (8 ounces of water per dose). Remember to include it in your list of medications when you visit your doctor and other health care providers.
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