A 22-year-old female asked:
is it safe to take psyllium (metamucil) indefinitely for ibs? if so, are there downsides to doing so?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Alejandra de Alba Razo answered
Specializes in General Practice
IBS Treatment : Initial treatment for irritable bowel syndrome includes pain medication, laxatives, anti diarrheal medications and fiber supplements like psyllium, which according to the IBM GPC of Mexico can be used for 6 weeks. After that, check if it remitted or needs to get send to an specialist, further tests or add other treatments such as anticholinergic medications, tricyclic or SSRI antidepressant.
Answered on Jul 5, 2019
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