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Many years ago I started suffering with IBS. At first I suffered often with terrible stomach pain, bloating and upset. At the time I hadn't yet figured out which foods would trigger it, so it could start at any time, anywhere and quite suddenly.
My doctor recommended Fybogel to me to ease the symptoms.
At the time, Fybogel was only widely available in orange flavour, it is also available in plain or lemon but I much prefer orange to either of these. The orange taste is not unpleasant, but the thick consistency isn't all that nice. Fybogel comes in a small square sachet of powder, which you add to water and drink. You can get different box sizes, i usually buy a box of 30 which costs around £3.50. Most chemists stock it.
Fybogel can be used to ease symptoms of diarrhoea, constipation and to soften stools. It is made from natural grains and is high in fibre to help regulate your bowels.
I find Fybogel doesnt make them disappear, but does help to relieve the symptoms of IBS. Now that I've been living with it for many years, I have figured out a lot of the foods I need to avoid, but still get the occasional flare up unexpectedly so the small sachet is really convenient and small to carry around. As you need to mix the granules with water, it is not as discreet to take as a tablet, but I do think this works best for me and I like that it is natural.
Most people, including pregnant women, can safely take Fybogel but there are a couple of conditions you shouldn't take it with so make sure you read the leaflet in the box or consult your doctor before taking.
There are not many side effects, and they are not dangerous. Bloating and wind are the most common, but as they are a symptom of my condition anyway I don't notice any side effects.
In my case, this eases my severe discomfort fairly quickly so I haven't got anything bad to say about it.
I regularly suffer from constipation which is not as funny as it sounds as it is very uncomfortable.
My stomach feels swollen and bloated and I can not shift the feeling. It got so bad that I went to
the doctors who told me to look into fibre products such as this.
==Price and availability
30 sachets of Fybogel costs around £4.50 and I am pleased to say that this is a small price to
pay the product. Yes, it tastes unpleasant but I have had worse and the effects are relatively
quick. These are now widely available and sold in a number of different places.
The product is designed to be mixed into a horrific flavoured drink which does not taste amazing
but the orange flavour takes the edge of the cardboard taste. The colour is light orange and
although all the bits do not dissolve, it is quite easy to take. The sachets contain fibre which
can be used to aid IBS and firm stools; alternatively if you are struggling to go, you can use the
fiber to ease the process along. These are not laxatives though and if you take too much you
may end up even more constipated. I would say that these are quick to assimilate and I use
less water as I like to drink it quicker, however you always need to drink another glass of water
I completely advocate the use of this product but as with most things you should probably
consult the doctor. These are available over the counter and I even managed to buy them at
my local supermarket last time I went. I still get the feeling every now and then but I take one of
these and the problem soon works itself out. I find them to be an extremely reliable option and I
recommend them. In terms of flavour, the added orange does make them slightly easier to take
and is a little distraction from the horrible bitty taste.
I'm fortunate that I don't suffer much from digestive complaints - I know that it can be a real problem. The only thing which does affect me is occasional constipation. When I'm eating properly - plenty of fresh fruit and veg, and a good balanced diet generally, it isn't a problem, but just intermittently the problem appears. The first time it happened (years and years ago) the doctor advised me to try using a hi-fibre drink to clear the system. That worked qutie well, so I've always kept some on hand ever since, just in case.
Fybogel is probably the best known brand, and I'm perfectly happy to buy this as I know it works. In this case experimenting with possibly cheaper alternatives is not an option!
It comes in sachets in a small card box. Each sachet has enough powder for one dose. I don't think I've ever needed more than one to relieve the symptons, however you are allowed to take two a day if needed. Obviously as with all self-medicated products, if the symptoms persist, you should see a doctor in case it's not what you think.
The powder is composed mainly of Ispaghula husk, which is essentially a natural product very high in fibre. To use it you must add it to water and stir it until it is all dissolved - this only takes a minute or so. As you'd expect, it is orange in colour, and tastes orangey. The taste is probably the worst thing about this product, it isn't very pleasant. Although it is probably better tasting than the base ingredients would be, the flavour clearly comes from artificial sweeteners and flavours, and the colour from carotene. I would be amazed if the stuff had ever been near a real orange! Having said that, this is no bad thing as it means you are never going to drink more than you actually need. It is bearable, and by no means disgusting, but it isn't something you will savour or look forward to. There tends to be some powder residue left in the mug, I always swish this round with more water and finish it off to make sure I'm getting the maximum benefit. If you were a bit careless with your stirring you might leave quite a lot, as it doesn't really dissolve, it's more a suspension, so that's something to watch.
OK, so having survived the taste test, the key thing is of course whether it works. Well, it does for me. I'll not go into details, but the effect is usually quite quick (an hour perhaps) and effective, without being unpleasant in the other direction. It hasn't produced any unwanted side-effects, and does only what it is supposed to do.
For an occasional user, this product is very good. If I were having to take it regularly I would certainly try out other options as the taste really is off-putting. But for me, it works and the taste makes sure I only take it when needed.
~+~ Constipation 101 - an introduction ~+~
The human digestive system is designed to absorb nutrients from the substrates that pass within. In my experience, a digestive system that works well and without problem is rarely given too much thought or consideration by adults who are trouble-free in this area. However a digestive system that seems to be "underactive" is the bane of many peoples' lives.
Constipation can be due to several reasons. Firstly, fibrous food helps retain water in the bowel. If a person's diet is depleted of fibre or water, then they are more likely to be constipated. Secondly, some medical conditions and medications are known to "slow down the bowels". In reality what this means is that it takes food longer than usual to travel from the entrance to the tube-like gastrointestinal system (ie the mouth) to its exit. This increased transit time gives the bowels more chance to reabsorb nutrients and water. As the watery product becomes mushy and ultimately a formed stool, so too the product can become dry and potentially similar to dry rabbit droppings if the intended biological balance is thrown out of kilter.
~+~ Treating constipation ~+~
Knowing this information means that it much easier to select the best treatment for constipation. Of course the very best treatment are prevention and that which does not require a doctor's intervention. That is, ensuring a balanced diet is eaten along with the consumption of enough water or other liquid as well as exercise - even a simple stroll really does help "get things going".
When it comes to medical treatment for constipation, there are several different possibilities, some of which may be used in combination.
1. Remove the offending drug. Opiate-based analgesia is the worst offender.
2. Decide on the appropriate medication. Examples include
* oral stool softener (eg Fybogel)
* oral motility agent
* rectal glycerine suppository
* rectal enema
~+~ Baby blues (aka post-baby poos) ~+~
At the time I gave birth to my daughter by caesarean section in the USA nearly four years ago, it was common practice to ensure that all such Mums (or rather Moms) went home with at least 10 days worth of pain relief and stool softeners.
Fybogel is what I was prescribed by my obstetrician. It is usually provided in sachets or a box of sachets. Each sachet (equal to two level 5 ml spoonfuls) contains 3.5 g ispaghula husk which is a bulk-forming agent. It is available in orange and lemon flavours. The husk is very absorbent and basically acts similar to a sponge, creating bulk in the bowels and moving things along. Apparently it is capable of absorbing up to 40 times its own weight in water!
Fybogel should be consumed after a meal and can only be taken after being mixed with water. Simply pour the contents of one sachet into a glass containing at least 100ml water, and preferably more. The product is fizzy at first so requires being left for a minute or so until the drink appears to be nongaseous. The product recommendation is to take one sachet in the morning and one in the evening, but I have had patients who take two in the morning and one in the evening, and others prefer to simply take one in the morning only. Either way, one needs to be aware that this product should not be consumed immediately to bedtime.
Now this is all very well and good, but what is it really like in my experience? As a consumer of orange-flavoured fybogel, I am happy to confirm the following:
Firstly, the sachets are very easy to open, to manipulate and to add into a pre-prepared glass of cold or room temperature water. The ingredients mix into the water well, however they are not soluble. That is, many small granular particles remain in this laxative drink and on the glass afterwards. These granules do feel a little strange, but nothing I cannot put up with for the minute or so it takes me to drink the solution.
The orange flavour is very synthetic; it reminds me very much of sour Fanta. It is not a particularly hideous taste, just a synthetic one. Nonetheless, I prefer to consume this drink as quickly as possible rather than eek out the experience.
~+~ But(t) what about the end result? (sorry!) ~+~
While I was fortunate to have an intact perineum following the birth of my daughter, her aforementioned abdominal arrival meant that had to avoid increasing my intra-abdominal pressure for at least ten days. In other words, no straining on the loo! I started taking this the day after my daughter's birth and was able to experience the effects within a day or so. I am pleased to confirm that Fybogel was very effective and really did the job (sorry!).
Unlike motility agents I have previously experienced, I always felt that I was in control of my bowel motions. I never experienced a sudden onset, immediate urge to empty my rectum, nor did I have any abdominal cramping. The product information leaflet states that some people experience an increase in flatus (wind), but I didn't notice any difference with this aspect.
The product works well so is easy for me to recommend.
First of all, I don't want talk too much about poo, jobbies, turds, faeces or movements. (Phew, that's that out of the way!) I'm sure we all get constipated from time to time. In particular I've suffered for IBS since my teens. Prior to diagnosis I would take laxatives which I later found are a big no-no as they, in fact, over time prevent the natural peristalsis (the muscle movements which push everything along) of the colon. I've been prescribed lactulose once or twice which works by an osmotic pull but lets just say that it's pretty potent and one must be rather near to a lavatory at all times to be on the safe side! Nowadays I stick to Fybogel, as I have done for the past ten years. I will review all three flavours but first up is the most common: orange.
* Price *
I get these in packs of 30 on prescription but I have seen smaller packs of 10 which sell for between £2 - £3 depending on the chemist. This works out at 20-30p per sachet.
The box is mostly orange with a wavy blue banner across the middle section which displays 'Fybogel' in white writing. The 'F' is designed to represent the husk (which is the prime ingredient of the product). The bottom left has a small picture of a glass with orange liquid and oranges surrounding it; whilst the bottom right states that the product is a "Natural Fibre Drink (which) gently relieves constipation and maintains regularity."
Inside, the box is divided in two with each side containing 15 sachets. The sachets measure 7x9cm which is a good size for popping in your purse. On the reverse each sachet contains full preparation and dosage instructions printed in orange ink as well as manufacturer details and expiry date.
The product is gluten free and sugar free but contains aspartame so should be avoided by PKU sufferers.
* Product Claims *
- easy and convenient way to increase fibre
- helps the digestive system work more efficiently
- gently relieves constipation the natural way, without straining, discomfort or unnatural urgency
- helps to maintain and restore regularity
- Adults and children 12+ can take up to two sachets per day, one in the morning and evening.
- Children ages 6-12 can use ½ to one tsp twice per day
- Children under 6 can use ½ to one tsp twice per day; but only on medical advice.
I tend to stick to one sachet with breakfast for a couple of weeks at a time when my digestion is sluggish.
The sachet is torn open and the contents added to a cold glass of water. The sachet tears easily being paper based plus it doesn't have that plastic film on the inside like some sachets do. Once added to water, it must be stirred briskly and drank quickly as otherwise all the husk particles fall to the bottom. The guidance given is to add it to 150ml liquid, but since constipation is quite often caused by simple dehydration I tend to dissolve it in a 250ml glass (still quite small) then follow this up with a second glass of water to up my fluid intake.
*Appearance and Taste*
Ok. I'll be honest with you. It really doesn't look that great. In a 150ml glass (as they suggest) the liquid is very viscous (i.e. gloopy). Add to that the little grainy particles and this isn't something you'll be having cravings for! The taste is fine though, just like a regular orange squash. Most times it's a case of just getting it down you.
*Does it work?*
In a word, yes. You won't see immediate results but over the case of a few days things will have freed up, so to speak. I'd prefer to take this as part of bowel maintenance rather than resort to short term laxatives which can mess things up (I was really trying to avoid puns here!) with your digestion
Basically the main ingredient (Ispgaghula Husk) is like a sponge; absorbing liquid for softer motions (sorry!)
However, these grains are also a pain in the neck! If I can impart you with one top tip, it would be to rinse your glass out immediately after use, otherwise the grains end up solidified and are a nightmare to get out. Plus, if left, they happen to disperse themselves onto other items of crockery when doing the washing up which is really annoying (this probably wouldn't happen in a dishwasher though.)
Considering most of us don't get enough fibre, this is a great way to add extra fibre and fluid to the diet which can help minimise bowel problems. The orange taste is not hugely off putting as it tastes just like orange squash. The small husk particles do take a bit of getting used to though, which is why it loses a star.
Have been on the liver shrinking diet for past couple of weeks. They suggest 1 to 2 sachets of Fybogel each day. The diet is high protein, low fat, low sugar and low carbohydrate. With the amount of green leafy veg I have been consuming, you'd think there wouldn't be a problem, however I've been using the Fybogel and if anything am more constipated than I could believe possible.
My Husband has suffered from I.B.S (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) for over 20 years. He goes through patches of quite severe symptoms but on the flip side he has patches where he is fine. When he is suffering severe symptoms he prefers to control it as naturally as possible due to all the medical intervention involved in finally handing him his I.B.S diagnosis and then a disastrous stint on Amitriptyline that involved him sleeping nearly 24 hours solid (that's how relaxed they made him).
One of the triggers, apart from eating junk food, for my husband is stress. When he has had a particularly stressful patch at work or through some upheaval at home it is not long before the agonising stomach cramps, bloating and flatulence begin, shortly followed by a very long time in the toilet. My husband suffers mostly with extremely loose stools when he has an I.B.S attack, he very rarely gets constipated.
One of the things the Doctor prescribed him was Fybogel. This is a natural fibre drink made from Ispaghula Husk. Ispaghula Husk is the outer and collapsed layers from the dried seeds of Plantago Ovata Forssk (Dessert Indian wheat) grown in California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona and Texas.
The Ispaghula Husk swells when it is in the gut and increases the volume of your faeces. It is not absorbed into the body like a medication or vitamin. The increased bulk of the faeces stimulates the bowel to push everything along relieving constipation, or in the case of my husband helps bulk everything up making for a more comfortable toilet time.
Fybogel is recommended when you need more fibre in your diet to help regulate your bowel functions and can be used when suffering with I.B.S, Haemorrhoids, Persistent Diarrhoea and Ulcerative Colitis. It can also be taken after a Colostomy or Ileostomy or if you have an Anal Fissure. It is fine to take during pregnancy to relive Constipation.
Fybogel should only be used with the guidance of your medical practitioner.
As Fybogel increases the amount of fibre in your diet you may suffer from an increase in flatulence or bloating, but this should clear up within a few days of starting to take it, if it persists then consult your Doctor.
Fybogel comes in individual sachets and my husband gets them in boxes of 30. So far my husband has tried the natural and orange flavour and he greatly prefers orange.
It is simplicity itself to make up a dose of Fybogel, just put ¼ of a pint of cold water in a glass, rip open a sachet and tip it in and stir quite briskly, the granules don't seem to dissolve completely so what you have is a glass of what looks like orange coloured runny wallpaper paste. This must be then drank immediately, my husband says it is not very nice and is quite gritty but as he knows it is doing him good and is natural he happily takes it.
Mr H tells me that although the drink doesn't taste very nice and its consistency is thick and gritty it helps soothe his bowels, he will take this for a few days at a time till his I.B.S settles back down.
The dosage instructions are also on the back of the box. Children age 6-12 can take ½-1 5ml spoonful dissolved in water; it is only to be taken by children under 6 with medical guidance.
Fybogel is only to be taken with water, do not take more Fybogel than directed. If you accidentally take too much drink plenty of water. If symptoms persist consult your Doctor.
The sachets are to be stored in a dry place below 30c and used before the best before date. They come in Orange, Lemon and Natural flavour. Mr H has tried Orange and Natural and prefers Orange.
Thank you for reading my review.
(Will also be on Ciao)
Given the nature of this product it is fair to say that this review may feature some speaking about toilet issues. If this is not something you want to read about then click back now!
Fybogel is a product that is designed to help give you more fibre in a simple way. Each box contains 10 serving of soluble fibre and you will pay just £2.50 from Sainsburys.
This soluble fibre is very simple to use. It is just a powder that you mix with 150ml of water. You then drink this to increase your fibre intake in a hurry. You need to mix this quite furiously to get all of the lumps dissolved and it really is quite a solid drink when you drink it.
Fibre is incredibly useful at helping with toilet troubles. If you go too much this can help and if you are not going enough this can also help. I first begun to use it about two years ago because of IBS but it is something that I do not use regularly preferring to try some other brands before resorting to this as a last resort really.
I must say that the taste of this is absolutely disgusting. This is supposed to be an 'orange' flavour but it is definitely far from tasting remotely like orange. The smell is faintly orange but that's about it with the orange connection. The taste is just foul and I don't really know how to sum it up, its vile and like nothing else I have tasted before. I find it because to hold my nose and drink down as much as I can stomach in one go! I then do this a few more times before I find myself wanting to gag and then I stop and drink something tasty quickly and then rinse my mouth out with an alcohol based mouthwash. This is a very strong mouthwash and it really needs to be to get rid of the gritty 'liquid' and the nasty taste.
My problems can be quite bad sometimes and when I have resorted to this it is usually because I have exhausted the other products that I normally try. I am not able to sing the praises of this highly really as on the occasions when I have been suffering for a while this certainly does not improve my problem greatly and I usually end up trying something else after this (usually something new on the market!).
This does help me a little but the disgusting taste and the gritty texture means I only use it when I have basically tried everything else. If I have a minor problem this definitely does help but if it is something that has been going on for a number of days (usually the case) I do not find that this works as well a I would like it to. For this reason I am giving this product only three stars.
I was given a couple of sachets of Orange Fybogel on discharge from hospital after having my son. I had never heard of it before, nor had the need to use a product like it, but apparently, after having a baby you can have a bit of trouble going to the toilet....and so it proved.
Fybogel is a fibre drink used to treat constipation. It contains Ispaghula husk which is a bulk-forming 'laxative. This works by 'increasing significantly in size when it comes into contact with fluid and thereby increases the volume of the contents of the gut. With the increase in size, the contents of the gut are pushed along more quickly by the muscles of the gut wall and acts as a constipation laxative'. It is also claimed that 'Fybogel is also used to treat moderately-raised cholesterol levels by preventing it from being absorbed from the gut into the blood. It is thought to do this by reducing the level of bile acids that are required to absorb cholesterol'. I have not used it for the latter reason, so will be reviewing it's use as a constipation reliever.
Fybogel Orange can be bought in boxes of 10 sachets for around £2. Each individual sachet contains one dose. To make a dose up, you simply pour the sachet into a glass with some cold water. You then need to give it a good stir to mix the drink up. The drink is orange in colour and has quite a thick, 'bitty' appearance. To drink, it is a pleasant orange taste, but quite grainy. I am not a fan of 'bits' in drink and this reminded me of orange juice with bits in, so I found it quite unpleasant to drink purely because of this and ended up drinking it very quickly to get it over with
It is said to be 24-36 hours after taking that the drink takes effect but I would say that it acted a little quicker for me, within 12 hours. I only really needed one sachet to 'get me going again' and it helped ease my anxiety about the pain that going to the toilet may cause knowing that I had taken a fibre supplement to help things along.
Overall, this does the job that it is supposed to and the flavour is pretty pleasant. However, the grainy nature of the drink made it rather unpleasant for me personally but I would still use this again if the need arose.
Fybogel was recommended to me by my Dr as a way to try and relieve constipation while pregnant. As it is basically just fibre in drink form, it is perfectly safe, and is a recommended way to try and relieve constipation before using stimulant laxatives and other methods.
I believe that Fybogel can be quite effective at keeping constipation at bay, however, if the constipation is already quite advanced then this product might not do much for you - it certainly didn't in my experience. The one thing that it did manage however, was to nearly make me throw up!
The drink actually tastes a lot better than I expected and was like an orange cordial drink - the powder comes in sachet forms and it is simply a case of mixing this in with cold water. You have to use about 200ml of water to get the powder to dissolve correctly. My problem lay in the fact that I have never been able to drink a drink very quickly, and with morning sickness and a bloated stomach due to my trouble with the Number 2's, that was even less likely to happen. But, with fybogel, you have no choice but to try and drink the mixture quickly... Presumably due to the fibre content, within about 3 minutes of making the drink it starts to thicken into a texture I can only describe as... wallpaper paste. It soon got so thick that I think the only way for me to get it down would have been to eat it with a spoon.
I simply couldn't tolerate putting myself through this ordeal twice a day, so decided that whilst trying to get on top of my bowel troubles I would rather live off nothing but cereal and wholemeal bread. I realise that long term this is not practical however, and for people who simply can't meet their fibre needs within their diet and need help, then this is a viable option. Although I'm not convinced of it's ability to get rid of constipation, I certainly think it would help to maintain regularity.
If you can tolerate drinking a drink very quickly, then I would say it's worth a go. But if not then you may not like this experience. As much as it's best to use the nicest "medication" for your body, I'm a big believer in quality of life and nearly throwing up in the kitchen twice a day is not the way to go! In which case, it would be best to speak to the GP and see what other options are available.
Constipation is a very common problem. Most people will pull a face if the topic happens to be brought up (I know what your thinking, what kind of friends does he have that they all sit around talking about their bowel movements or lack of as the case may be, well the answer is friends from med school and you be surprised the topics we discuss). Every one will experience constipation at some time in their life and some will experience it often. Fybogel sachets are a water soluble fiber substitute. Most people including me don't get enough roughage in their daily diet. And even if you do, if you then go on to eat a high fat processed diet then in the end the gooey gunk will win. That's where Fybogel comes in to it's own.
I have a box of 30 sitting in my medicine cabinet at home and I tend to take these if I think I'm going to be particularly unhealthy over Christmas for example. These are very simple and easy to take, inside the brightly coloured orange, light cardboard box lie 30 individual paper sachets each containing a single dose of this "orange" flavoured powder. Upon opening a sachet you will be greeted with the nice, strong scent of oranges. Not real oranges but the orange smell you would get from an ice pop for example. The smell is quite nice and makes you think that the drink is actually going to taste pleasant. It doesn't. It's not repulsive it's just a bit gritty and if you don't add enough water it's a bit like wallpaper paste. This thickening also occurs if the drink is left for any short amount of time.
I simply fill an average glass with ice cold water (this makes it a bit easier to drink) if I don't have ice cold water I just through in some ice then remove just before adding the sachet. The contents is a coarse, strongly scented powder. I sprinkle it on to the water rather than pore the water on to the powder like I've seen some people do, this just results in a slimy mess stuck to the bottom of the glass. I just sprinkle it on to the water and stir with the other hand. The crystals devolve almost instantly and the little fiber grains become visible in the glass. I find that this drink has to be drunk instantly and even needs a stare as the glass is coming up to your face. The contents of the glass just want to start settling and congealing so you must drink straight away.
It tastes okay, there are far worse tasting medications and treatments on the Market. The glass will be a bit sticky when finished with quite a bit of residue left behind. I some times fill the glass again with fresh water just to get every little bit. But other times I just rinse the glass because if you leave it to sit it will be very difficult to clean afterwards.
This doesn't work like a laxative. After taking Fybogel I don't be running to the bathroom shouting GET OUT OF MY WAY, EMERGENCY EMERGENCY!! it's far more gentle and natural than that. I take one a day and it helps to keep everything running correctly. I also don't find any difference, if you know what I mean without being graphic. I'm just as I was but more predictable, and reliable. Plus if I'm on a diet during the summer these help by adding that little bit more bulk to what I'm eating, I don't feel like I have an empty stomach when I'm on these.
They are very easy and quick to take, they have a pleasant enough taste and if you just drink it quickly they are no problem to take at all. These are not an instant fix if you are constipated and certainly not if you are suffering from fecal impaction. In those circumstances you need to seek medical advise as a suppository is more than likely called for. Thankfully I'm not on the market for a suppository at the moment these are working just fine for me.
Thanks for reading :0) 2night.
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For £4.26 + shipping for a box of 30
Ok, so if you're squeamish about bodily functions it's probably time to go read something else! This is a product which helps with pooh issues - it's a very useful product, but if you don't want to read about pooh issues, well like I say - go read something else now!
Well hopefully we've got rid of anyone too squeamish to read this, so here goes - I'll start off gently, but ahem we're still talking pooh issues here, so ya know...
~*~What is Fybogel~*~
Fybogel is a product designed to help deliver soluble fibre into your system in an easy way. It comes in powder form that you mix with water, and the fibre it contains is made from Ispaghula husk.
~*~What's it for? ~*~
Good question, glad you asked! Remember those pooh issues I mentioned at the beginning? Well here's where we discuss them. Fybogel is designed to make things pleasanter when you need to pooh. It helps you go when you can't, and it helps solidify things when you're going too much.
I personally use it because I have IBS. Some days my gut churns so badly that I'm rushing to the loo before I've finished my meal, and feel like I'm supporting the growth industry of loo roll in the process. Other days I'm bunged up and my tummy feels like I've been eating a mix of bricks and clay and you can keep your loo coz I don't need it.
~*~How do you use Fybogel~*~
Each sachet needs to be mixed up with 150ml of water. It does take a bit of mixing, so don't think of it like making a mug of squash, think of it more like when you're making a jelly and trying to get all the lumps to dissolve - that's probably about as much mixing as you'll need to do to get this to dissolve properly. Once you've got it thoroughly mixed, drink it, fast!
~*~How does this taste~*~
Ok I'm not gonna mince my words here - this stuff tastes bloody awful! There's no getting away from it, it doesn't taste even vaguely of orange, just of soggy cardboard mixed with chemicals with a vague hint of orange smell in it. It's gritty to boot, so you are gonna need to take a deep breath and chug it back if you're gonna get it down you. Have something tasty waiting to take the taste away after too coz this is nasty!
~*~How well does it work~*~
I'll be honest, I don't personally think this stuff works terribly well if you have more than a mild problem. I know my grandmother swore by the stuff, but then she'd also eat a specific number of prunes per day too, and never failed to let you know if it was a three prune day let me tell you!
Actually, to be fair, I know other people who find this stuff works quite well for them, though these are people who don't have a major problem.
For me, although taking this stuff can help a little, I find the taste of it so bad that it actually makes my stomach churn taking it, and I've given up on the stuff and moved on to using something else. I did want it to work, it's fairly natural, and it would have been a very easy solution to my problems. Drink a mug of this daily, and all pooh issues go away - nice. But as I say, for me sadly this wasn't to be. Instead, I take a cocktail of other things and still have issues... maybe my personal pooh issues are just too much for fybogel to contend with who knows.
A few tips that I've found DO help with Pooh issues...
~*~If your problem is constipation ~*~
Eat a fibre rich diet.
Prunes - they may taste crap but they're better than fybogel!
A paint can or childs step stool is a good thing to pop your feet on while you go. Lifting the feet so you're more in a squatting position puts your body (and botty which is what I started to type there ahem) into a better posture for poohing without straining.
~*~If your pooh problems go the other way~*~
Eat a fibre rich diet.
Avoid high fat foods - dunno why, but it seems to help.
Avoid anything containing sorbitol it makes things worse.
Buy a decent soft loo roll!
Not one of the most pleasant reviews coming up but this product was a bit of a lifesaver for me recently as I will now explain. I had a baby a few months ago and you think that would be the worst pain anyone could imagine, well no, the pain of constipation for me was unbelievable, And I feel sorry for anyone who suffers from this on a regular basis. I was taking iron tablets after I gave birth and apparently one of the side effects of taking them is constipation and did I most definitely get this side effect! I think what made it worse was that I had never had it before and was a bit scared of what might happen so I panicked quite a bit.
Anyway, my mum suggested these Fybogel sachets as she takes them as a regular thing and said they might help me too. Fybogel Hi-Fibre Orange drink is, "an easy and convenient way to increase the fibre in your diet helping your digestive system work more efficiently and gently relieving constipation the natural way. As it works naturally with your body it takes care of constipation without undue straining, discomfort or unnatural urgency, helping to restore and maintain regularity."
What I like about these sachets are that they are very easy to use. You basically just add the crystals to a full glass of water, stir them a little bit until they are dissolved and then drink the liquid. As they are orange flavoured this is not too bad to drink, the taste is ok and it goes down fine, it's not like drinking a horrible tasting medicine or anything like that. The crystals are actually sugar free as well so if you need to take this as a regular thing then you will not be taking too much sugar.
The recommended dosage was one glass in the morning and one glass in the evening which I dutifully took for a few days. Without going into too much detail, as I'm sure you really don't want to know the details, this worked for me and was a fairly pain free exercise thank goodness!
I am not a doctor so if you are thinking about starting a course of these I would recommend you getting advice before you start as there are a lot of side effects listed on the box and you shouldn't take these with certain medicines.
A pack of 10 sachets costs £2.50.
At some stage in our lives, we all suffer to some extent with Number 2s! - or more specifically the lack of Number 2s. There are of course a myriad of products available for the bunged up, and this is just one of those products.
Fybogel Orange is a natural fibre drink and it comes in a box of 30 sachets but clearly you'd want to clear up your problem after just one or two so unless you are permanently constipated, the box should last you a while.
Each sachet contains some powder which you mix with 150ml of water, then you get it down your neck (yes, even though the problem is at the other end!) Adults can have two per day, well-spaced and obviously don't stray too far from the loo.
The active ingredient in tis product is Ispaghula Husk, which I have never heard of. Does it work? No, not very effectively in our family, as evidenced by the fact that we have several sachets remaining in the box - which is now out of date. (Hang on, maybe if I swallow these out-of-code ones, they will give me the runs?)
I confess to being a little sceptical about any such remedies. What works best for me is to keep a stool in the toilet (ha - the very thing we were looking for!) and when straining, keep your feet off the ground. If you're in the loo under the stairs you can brace them against the ceiling. Anything really that represents a more natural squat than you get just by sitting on the loo. If that fails, drink some cheap pop. Sorry if you were having your afternoon tea when reading this. It's a difficult product to review if you don't embrace a little toilet humour.
In short, to shift an immoveable object, you need an irresistible force. Do you want to ponder that, whilst I move on to the next review?
When the doctors did not know I had a cyst they thought I may have had a distended bowl and so I was sent home to try taking Fybogel I received a pack of 30 which you can buy for around £5.Fybogel as the title suggests is a drink full of fibre which when taken makes it easier to go to the toilet and to maintain regularity.
The packets are opened to find 30 separate sachets. I was instructed to take 3 times a day around meal times. So as soon as I got home I made up the first sachet and could not believe my eyes. The texture was like wall paper paste. I tried to drink it and it made be want to be sick so I thought maybe it needed more water? I added a little more water but that just made it worse it meant I had more of it to drink .
It says to wait around 8 hours for it to begin to work but for me it took more like 24 hours but it did work well. Everyday I forced the drinks down for a week and each one seemed to be worse than the first. To be honest i did not even notice it was lemon flavour as it just tasted lumpy and dull. They did continue to work well kept me regular but i just could not swallow them anymore.
It is advised to use them for a few weeks to see if they made any difference but I gave up after a week. It turns out I did not need to use them which I did tell the doctors before so I put myself through it for nothing. Saying this they did do the job they are meant for they regulate your digestive system but I'm afraid the texture and the inability to drink them just made them impossible for me to continue with.
An effective orange or lemon flavoured drink containing fibre to relieve constipation / Fybogel Orange high fibre drink is an easy and convenient way to increase the fibre in your diet helping your digestive system work more efficiently and gently relieving constipation the natural way / Fybogel Orange works naturally with your body to treat constipation without undue straining, discomfort or unnatural urgency, so helping to restore and maintain regularity / 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 / Suitable for Adults and children over 6.;