Side Effects of Psyllium


Psyllium is common herbal medicine which is frequently used in the treatment of constipation and diarrhea. However, when taking this herb for medical purposes, you should pay attention to some side effects which may have a negative effect on your health. Generally, the most common side effects of psyllium are bloating, cramps and allergic reactions. Moreover, taking psyllium with other medicine may increase the risk of cross interaction. In addition, long-term and over-dosage use of this herb may lead to muscle damages.


Usually, any long-term or frequent use of laxatives can lead to addiction and other issues. So, if you are about to use psyllium as a laxative for your constipation, you should strictly follow your doctor’s dosage recommendations and take some other procedures such as healthy diet and adequate exercise to maximize the effect. Over-dose usage of this herb each day may result in a dependence of them in the future and your intestinal muscles and nerves can become damaged. So, they should usually be used for only a few times during the treatment.

Allergic reaction is another common side effect of psyllium. People who are sensitive to some kind of pollen may feel difficulty to breath. Other symptoms of the allergy include hives, facial swelling, chest pain and so on. In some serious cases, some types of emergency treatment are required. So, if you are allergic to pollen or other type of powders, you should avoid inhaling the powder of psyllium for safety concerns.

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