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
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
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).