Our expert says:
If you find that the psyllium husk does give the required results then you can probably continue with this treatment every second day as you suggest. The problem about taking any kind of laxative every day is that it can result in loss of natural bowel function. Psyllium husk and products like Fybogel do work reasonably well as they swell up like dietary fibre and stimulate the bowel's peristaltic movement. Psyllium products can, however, bind minerals and prevent their uptake, so don't overdo its use. Please keep two things in mind a) the Alvercol your dr prescribed in NOT a laxative but an antispasmodic which can help to relieve the problems associated with spastic colon by making your bowels relax - so I would recommend that you try it out b) do not fall into the trap of believing that all os the so-called 'natural' laxatives which you can buy over-the counter or at a health shop are not potentially harmful they are just as capable of causing loss of natural bowel function, constant diarrhoea, deficiencies of important minerals and vitamins, etc. The term 'natural' is no guarantee that these products will not be harmful.
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