What is it?
Fybogel is made up of granules of effervescent ipsaghula husk. It is free from gluten and sugar. It is available in plain, lemon or orange flavours.

What is it used for?
It is a bulk-forming laxative used to relieve constipation. It works by increasing the mass of stool which then presses against the intestinal wall stimulating peristalsis, thus promoting a bowel motions.

It may take a few days before it is fully effective and sufficient bulk has built up to cause a bowel motion. This is quite usual and you should continue with the treatment.

How do I take it?
One sachet is emptied into a large tumbler full of water, rapidly stirred and drunk immediately, (if left to stand it will solidify into a thick gel). For greater effect a further glass of water should follow.

The sachets should be taken twice daily following breakfast and the evening meal.

The dose may be adjusted once a regular soft stool is achieved, i.e. one sachet daily or 1-2 sachets on alternate days, and continued as necessary.

Are there any precautions?
Insufficient fluid intake with Fybogel can occasionally lead to obstruction of the bowel. It should not be taken immediately before bedtime when fluid consumption is normally considerably reduced.

Are there any side effects?
Fybogel may cause:
• Flatulence (wind).
• Abdominal distension.
• Obstruction (if inadequate fluids are taken).