PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET
PLEASE READ THIS LEAFLET CAREFULLY BEFORE YOU TAKE THIS MEDICINE. IF YOU ARE UNSURE ABOUT ANYTHING ASK YOUR PHARMACIST OR DOCTOR.
WHAT IS FYBOGEL ORANGE?
Each sachet of Fybogel Orange holds a single dose of granules containing 3.5g ispaghula husk BP as the active ingredient. Each sachet also contains citric acid, potassium bicarbonate, sodium bicarbonate, polysorbate 80, silica colloidal anhydrous and orange flavour. Fybogel Orange is coloured with beta carotene and riboflavine sodium phosphate and is sweetened with aspartame and saccharin sodium. The granules are mixed with water to form an orange-flavoured drink.
Fybogel Orange comes in packs containing either 10 or 30 sachets.
The ispaghula husk in Fybogel Orange is a natural plant material which is high in fibre. It works by absorbing water and increasing the bulk of the food passing through the digestive system, helping your body to work normally.
WHY SHOULD I TAKE FYBOGEL ORANGE?
A lack of fibre in the diet is one of the main causes of bowel irregularity. Fybogel Orange is high in natural fibre which will help you to restore and maintain your body's regularity.
Fybogel Orange is also recommended wherever increased fibre is needed in your diet to help relieve constipation - this includes constipation during pregnancy or when breastfeeding. It is also recommended to help maintain a normal bowel function among patients suffering from any of the following conditions:
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Colostomy or ileostomy
- Haemorrhoids (piles)
- Anal fissure
- Persistent diarrhoea associated
with diverticular disease
- Ulcerative colitis
BEFORE TAKING FYBOGEL ORANGE
As with all medicines, Fybogel Orange may not be suitable for some people. Do not take Fybogel Orange if:
your doctor has told you that you are suffering from a blockage of the bowel (intestinal obstruction or faecal impaction) or muscle weakness of the bowel wall (colonic atony), or
your doctor has told you that you have phenylketonuria, because the product is sweetened with aspartame.
If symptoms persist, consult your doctor.
HOW SHOULD I USE FYBOGEL ORANGE?
The amount of Fybogel Orange which should be taken depends upon age:
- Adults, including the elderly, and children over 12 years old, should take one sachet of Fybogel Orange twice a day, one in the morning and a second in the evening.
- Children aged between 6 and 12 years old should take half to one level 5 ml spoonful, depending on age and size, of Fybogel Orange twice a day, one in the morning and a second in the evening. If no bowel movement occurs within three days, children of this age should visit their doctor.
- Do not give Fybogel Orange to children under 6 years old unless it has been prescribed for them by a doctor who will tell you how much Fybogel Orange to give. (Usual dose half to one level 5 ml spoonful, depending on age and size, morning and evening).
Stir the required amount of Fybogel Orange into a glass of cold water (approximately 1/4 pint or 150 ml) and drink straight away. Fybogel Orange is best taken after meals.
Do not take Fybogel Orange without water. If you accidentally take too much, drink plenty of water.
Unless your doctor has given you different instructions on how much Fybogel Orange to take, follow the advice given in this leaflet.
WHAT SIDE-EFFECTS MAY OCCUR?
Due to the increased fibre intake of your diet you may experience flatulence or bloating during the first few days of taking Fybogel Orange. These effects should lessen as you continue to take Fybogel Orange. If you find these symptoms particularly troublesome you can take just one dose of Fybogel Orange for a few days.
If you have any other symptoms after taking this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist.
Do not use after the expiry date shown on the pack (EXP month/year). Keep Fybogel Orange in a dry place below 30°C.