What is Fybogel Lemon?
Fybogel Lemon contains sachets of granules which are used to make up a lemon flavoured drink that you can take to relieve constipation. It helps to ease constipation naturally, making your poo easier to pass and letting you go to the toilet comfortably. This makes it ideal for those who have piles that are making their constipation worse and for those who are pregnant. If you’re looking for a natural way to relieve constipation, Fybogel is a tasty way to get things moving again.
Why am I constipated?
Constipation is a very common problem, you’ll probably experience it at least once in your lifetime and there are lots of reasons why it may happen to you. When you have constipation you’ll find that you aren’t able to poo for a few days at a time, and if you do poo it may be larger, harder, or lumpier than usual, making it more difficult to pass. Some of the most common causes of constipation include:
Not getting enough fibre in your diet
Not drinking enough fluids
A change in your diet or general routine
Being inactive or not exercising
Stress or anxiety
Some medications which can cause constipation, e.g. codeine, morphine
Some medical conditions
Ignoring the urge to poo when you need to
Are piles (haemorrhoids) and constipation related?
Haemorrhoids are small lumps which can appear in and around your back passage. Some people may not notice that they have piles, but they can be itchy or sore and can make it more difficult for you to poo. The problem with this is that straining or pushing too hard when you have a poo may be the cause of your piles in the first place, so by making it more difficult for you to poo your piles just make the problem worse in an itchy, irritating cycle.
How will Fybogel Lemon relieve my constipation?
Fybogel Lemon contains an active ingredient called ispaghula husk, which can help to relieve your constipation by increasing the amount of fibre in your diet. This works naturally with your digestive system, making it easier to pass your poo without feelings of discomfort or urgency. This makes Fybogel not only ideal for those who are constipated, but can also help people with piles, as passing your poo more easily and without straining can help to reduce haemorrhoids.
Can I take this laxative when I’m pregnant?
You can take Fybogel Lemon if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding. However, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking this or any other medication at this time.
Can I take this product if I’m taking other medication?
If you’re taking any other medication you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Fybogel. This especially applies if you are already taking:
Other medications which cause constipation, e.g. codeine, morphine
Medicines for thyroid problems
If a medical professional tells you that you can take this product with your regular medication, you should leave at least a 30 minute gap between taking your medication and drinking this product.
How to make up Fybogel sachets
Fybogel Lemon comes in sachets of granules which are used to make a drink. To make up the drink, start by filling a glass with 240ml of cold water, then add the amount of Fybogel granules you need. Stir the solution well so the granules dissolve and then drink the solution right away. Do not drink this product immediately before going to bed.
How much of this product should I take every day?
The amount of Fybogel Lemon liquid you should take will differ depending on your age:
Adults and children over 12 - Take 2 sachets a day, one in the morning and one in the evening, preferably after meals
Children aged 6 - 12 - Take half to 1 level teaspoonful (5ml spoonful) of Fybogel, once in the morning and once in the evening, preferably after meals
When should this product not be used?
Fybogel Lemon is not suitable for use in children under the age of 6. Do not take this product if you are allergic to ispaghula husk or any of the other listed ingredients. If you are a healthcare worker or care giver you should take care while giving this product to someone, as inhaling this product can cause allergic reactions. Elderly or disabled patients may require medical supervision while taking this product. Be sure to make the Fybogel drink up as recommended by the manufacturer, as you may experience chest pain, vomiting, or difficulty swallowing if you don’t use enough water. You should not take this product if you:
Have a sudden change in bowel habit which has lasted for more than 2 weeks
Have a blockage of the bowel, e.g. intestinal obstruction, faecal impaction
Have weakness of the bowel wall
Have naturally occurring reduced gut motility, causing material to move through your gut slowly
Have difficulty swallowing or any throat problems
Speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking this product if you:
Have an inherited condition called phenylketonuria, as this product contains aspartame
Have undiagnosed rectal bleeding and are unable to poo after using laxatives
Have symptoms which do not improve after 3 days
Does Fybogel Lemon have any side effects?
Like all medications, Fybogel Lemon sachets can have side effects, although not everyone will experience them. These side effects include:
Severe allergic reactions, e.g. difficulty breathing or swallowing, wheezing, coughing, skin rash, itching, swelling of the face, mouth, tongue and throat
Reactions when this product comes into contact with the skin, is inhaled, or is taken by mouth, e.g. red or itchy eyes, runny or blocked nose, skin rash
Wind or bloating for the first few days of treatment, caused by the increased fibre in your diet
If you experience these or any other side effects while using this product you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist. If you experience symptoms of severe allergic reaction seek medical assistance immediately. For more information about reporting the side effects of medication, please see the MHRA’s Yellow Card Scheme.
How to store this product
Store in a cool, dry place which is below 30 degrees C. Do not take this product if the expiry date printed on the original packaging has passed. Keep out of sight and reach of children.
This product is a medicine; make sure to speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before taking this product if you have an underlying medical problem or are taking any other medicine or complementary therapy. If your symptoms get worse or continue after taking this product, contact us or your doctor. For medical services in your area, please refer to https://www.nhs.uk
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- Ispaghula Husk
Each single dose sachet contains 3.5g Ispaghula Husk.
Other ingredients are potassium bicarbonate, sodium bicarbonate, citric acid, riboavin sodium phosphate, aspartame (E951), Lemon flavour no. 1, Lemon flavour no. 2, saccharin sodium, polysorbate 80 and silica colloidal anhydrous.
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