Psyllium Hydrophilic Mucilloid

Pronunciation

SIL-ee-um HYE-druh-fil-ik MYUS-uh-loid - Pronunciation guide

Brand Names

  • Equi Aid Natural Psyllium Fiber Pellets
  • Equi Aid Natural Psyllium Fiber Powder
  • Miracle Sand Out Pellets
  • Sand-Rid Psyllium Pellets

Description

Psyllium hydrophilic mucilloid is derived from the ripe seeds of varieties of Plantago species. The seed coating has a high hemicellulose mucillage content, which swells in the presence of water, making it a major component of bulk-forming laxatives.

Usage

Psyllium hydrophilic mucilloid is used in horses that have a problem with constipation, and some veterinarians recommend it for treatment of sand colic. By swelling as it absorbs water, psyllium increases bulk in the intestine and is believed to induce peristalsis and decrease intestinal transit time. In treatment of sand colic, psyllium is thought to help collect sand and lubricate its passage through the gastrointestinal tract.

Dosage and Administration

Psyllium
Method Dosage
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Concentration Period Duration
Oral 5-7.5 ounces 20450 mg/ounce Daily for 7 days Repeat Monthly

Notes:

  • The duration of administration depends on the condition being treated, response to the medication and the development of any adverse effects. Be certain to complete the prescription unless specifically directed by your veterinarian. Even if your equine appears to feel better, the entire treatment plan should be completed to prevent relapse.
  • This medication may be available in forms and concentrations not noted in the above table. Always check the label and literature provided with the medication about the form and concentration and DO NOT USE the calculator if the information differs.

Precautions

Bulk-forming laxatives should not be used when prompt intestinal evacuation is required, in cases of fecal impaction, or if an intestinal obstruction is present.

Interactions

Because the potential exists for bulk-forming laxatives to bind digoxin, salicylates, and nitrofurantoin, it is recommended that bulk-forming laxatives be administered at least 3 hours apart from other drugs.

Overdose

If administered with sufficient liquid, psyllium overdose should cause only an increased amount of soft or loose stools.

Images

EquiAid Psyllium Hydrophilic Mucilloid PelletsEquiAid Psyllium Hydrophilic Mucilloid Pellets

SandClear Psyllium Hydrophilic MucilloidSandClear Psyllium Hydrophilic Mucilloid

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