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Generic Name

  • Psyllium.

Brand Names

  • Alramucil, Cilium, Fiber Eze, Fiberall, Genfiber, Hydrocil, Konsyl, Konsyl for Kids, Konsyl-D, Konsyl-Orange, Maalox Daily Fiber Therapy, Metamucil, Modane Bulk, Perdiem Fiber, Reguloid, Serutan, Syllact, V-Lax.

General Information

Hydrocil is a bulk-forming laxative. Hydrocil is used to treat constipation. Always take psyllium with plenty of water. This can prevent the material swelling in the throat and prevent swallowing, or make you vomit. Psyllium may also be used to treat diarrhea and to lower cholesterol when prescribed by a doctor. Psyllium can interact with many medications. Before taking psyllium, tell your doctor if you are taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines. It absorbs liquid in the intestines and makes a bulky, softer stool which is easier to pass. You may not be able to take psyllium, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring if you are taking any other medicines. Hydrocil Instant is generally well tolerated. Bloating, gas, and a feeling of fullness may occur. If these effects continue or become bothersome, inform your doctor. Notify your doctor if you experience: stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, rectal bleeding, unrelieved constipation.

Hydrocil Dosage

  • If you are taking another medicine by mouth, take psyllium at least 2 hours before or 2 hours after the prescribed medicine.
  • Psyllium can be taken 1 to 3 times per day. It may require continued use for 2 to 3 days to provide optimal benefit.

Side Effects of Hydrocil

Some common side effects reported with this medicine include:

  • Stomach cramps.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Rectal bleeding.
  • Unrelieved constipation.
  • Chest pain.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Severe abdominal pain.

Warnings and precautions before taking Hydrocil

  • Do not take psyllium without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
  • If you are taking effervescent psyllium tablets, be aware that these contain large amounts of sodium, especially if you are on a low-sodium diet.
  • Do not inhale dust from the psyllium powder or granules. This can make breathing difficult and cause an allergic reaction.
  • Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
  • Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs.


  • If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
  • Symptoms of a psyllium overdose are not known but might include nausea, vomiting or stomach pain.



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