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05-15-2001, 03:44 PM
I bought some Psyllium Husk Caps but Im not sure how much I should start with. I've never taken it before. Im a d type.
The bottle says a serving size is 3 capsules and to take 3 capsules twice a day with an 8 oz glass of water. I really dont want to get
a bad attack by taking too much. It says there is 1.5 g of psyllium husk powder per serving.
I really hope this works because for the last couple of weeks i've been getting dependant on imodium. They are working good for me and I'am finally able to leave the house but Im just not sure how safe this is. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/frown.gif"> I also bought flax seed oil caps and have been taking caltrate. How much flax seed is good for me to take? Thank you so much for any help.

05-15-2001, 05:04 PM
Harry is an expert on this stuff, I am sure he will respond, if not re-address your post to him. Good Luck!!!

05-15-2001, 09:24 PM
Hi Mike73,
Welcome to the IBS board. I recently wrote a message about fiber on the Bowel board to Tara1. I suggest you read it "Question for Harry".

With capsules I think you should start off slow --1 in the morning.Then after a few days ---or as your GI tract gets use to it increase it one at a time until you get a formed Bowel Movement. I would not take the flax seed oil now but it's ok to use the Caltrate-calcium and begin to stop the Imodium.

Psyllium is a water soluble bulk stool forming agent that is safe to take daily. Your digestive system cannot funtion without fiber--it makes the food move through your intestines.
I am curious where did you get that large a psyllium capsule. My wife uses one that is 880 mgs per cap from the Vitamin Shoppe--that is the largest I have seen. She takes 3 a day 2 in the morning and 1 after supper.I take the powder twice daily.
God Bless---Harry<p>[This message has been edited by Harry (edited 05-15-2001).]

05-17-2001, 01:48 PM
Hi Mike,

I'm not in any way disagreeing with Harry's response above, but just wanted to share my own experience with you. Before I started taking psyllium capsules, I was feeling pretty rotten just about every time I ate something. So I started out taking 1 capsule at night with dinner and always drank much more water than the minimum 8 ounces recommended. I didn't increase the dosage up to 2 capsules with dinner for at least two weeks, because it took my body that long to adjust. Just want to encourage you to give it time and be patient, because you will feel better if you stick with the program. Just remember to take it every day so your body can get used to it gradually and you'll be amazed at how much better you're going to feel!
Good luck,

05-29-2001, 05:52 PM
Thanks for the responses. I still haven't even tried them. Im one of those people who is nervous about trying new things. Im still on the imodium but they're not even really working anymore <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/frown.gif">
Harry: Why do you say not to take the flax seed too? I read that alot of people take it for this. I got my psyllium husk caps at a little health food store here in Canada. I dont think that they're real big? There is 1.5 g in a serving and a serving equals 3 caps. It says to take a serving twice a day. So you would suggest that I just start with just one cap? Im d type.
Thanks so much everyone. Im glad to know im not alone in this.

05-29-2001, 09:57 PM
Hi Mike,
The 1.5 mgs is almost twice as big as the largest cap sold in the states. I agree ---start off slow until your system gets use to it ---everybody is different.

I use flaxseed oil and it is a stool forming agent but it is primarily used to supply essential fatty acids not to control diarrhea.Some people use it for diarrhea but I have not read in any literature that it should be used for that.

I also think that imodium should not be used daily to control diarrhea. There are too many safer things to try for a long term solution. I know you don't want to use that ALL the time.

There are many pain killers on the market that will cause constipation but you don't want to take them for that because that is a side-effect. That is way I feel about essential fatty acids----Too much will constipate me.

Pysllium is a safe water soluble bulk stool forming agent---a bowel regulator --fiber supplement. That is what it does and if you try it ----it will work for you to move food through your digestive tract like it is suppose to work.

Our GI system evolved so that fiber in the food we eat is not digested or absorbed but makes our digestive tract work. The problem today is we just don't get enough of the right kind of fiber because it is processed out of our food. Meat and dairy products contain NO fiber. I encourage you to look at your diet to determine where the fiber comes from to make your digestive tract function properly. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">
Take Care----Harry

05-30-2001, 12:21 AM
Thanks Harry, I've been a vegeterian for about 8 years. I find when I make my big batch of vegetable soup (brocolli, cauliflower, carrots and potatos) Im a bit more regular. I dont get d all the time but my stools are always loose and I go about 4-5 times everyday and sometimes more. I just wish so bad I was one of those people that go once in the morning and thats it <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/frown.gif"> I'm going to start that fiber and i'll let you know how it goes. It takes 3 caps to get 1.5 grams, its not that much in 1 but they call a "serving" 3 caps.
Thanks again, its really appreciated.