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I used to use Isogel Ispaghula Husk around 4-5 years ago. The natural fibre drink is designed to encourage bowel regularity. I don't wish to go into too much detail, but I used it around the same time as I had bowel surgery. The product comes as granules in individual sachets but it can also be bought in a 200g bulk pack. All I had to do is mix the contents of one sachet with the correct amount of fluids and drink it.
The product is as useful as a laxative as it is at controlling diarrhoea. The main benefits are seen by those suffering from irritable bowel syndrome and other bowel conditions like myself - having to have my colon removed. The formula has no calorific content, but does have a natural active ingredient of ispaghula. The contents of the sachets are not too inspiring, they look dry and dull and not too appetising at all - once mixed with water it doesn't get any better either! The thick solution does have a similar consistency in the mouth to wallpaper paste and always left a furry feel on my tongue and teeth.
I never enjoyed the taste of this product although I do think mine were of an orange flavour. As my issues were with diarrhoea they were used to help reduce the occurrence of this happening. I certainly felt a change in my motions during my time using this product and would recommend it to anyone suffering from regular irregularities with regards to your toilet habits!
A tale of poo and bowels courtesy of one of my poor cats follows as well as the details of a product which helped him and may indeed help you too! On to the important stuff, luckily I don't suffer badly with my bowels, never really falling prey to the discomfort of constipation or diaorrhea (I think I've spelt that wrong?!). My ten year old cat, Zachary, a thumping great ginger tom, is another story. He has suffered badly in the past with constipation and I had tried everything to attempt to relieve it - hairball remedies, cod liver oil, liquid paraffin, all bran in his food, you name it, nothing worked. The culmination of this, sometime last year, was that he had to go to the vet having become apparently totally blocked and appearing obviously ill and in discomfort. To cut a long story short poor Zachary had to stay in to have an enema and have a large build up of old, dried poo removed to unblock him and restore his health. The vet said that all my attempted remedies were good ideas and it was just unfortunate that none of them had worked sufficiently. She suggested it may be a brain fault in that messages weren't getting through to his bowels to make them work properly so his faeces would build up in this way. Anyway, the vet sent Zachary and I home with a pack of Isogel. This is generally marketed for human use but being a largely natural product is suitable for animal use too. It is freely available from chemists and I get mine (Zachary's!) from Superdrug for £4.99 for a large 200g pack (a very old-fashioned looking pack at that!) For humans it is meant to be taken in a drink of water but the vet recommended a teaspoonful of it mixed in with Zachary?s food at each meal time. Isogel is produced by Glaxo and consists of 90% dried Ispaghula Husk (from the Plantago Ovata plant). It is a source of non-starch carbohydrate fibre which increases faecal bulk (poo!) and helps to improve bowel movements whateve
r the problem may be, not necessarily constipation. It is gluten free and contains no calories so is suitable for most people. The only alarming fact is its rather off-putting bright pink colour which is obviously false! It works by holding water which in turn eases the faeces through the bowel. It is also recommended for those suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome. The adult (human!) dosage is two teaspoonfuls once of twice daily at meal times - it should be stirred briskly into a glass of water and drunk immediately before it turns into a gloopy gel. Anyway, back to Zachary, after his trip to the vet he seemed much happier and more comfortable after the initial shock and although he was unimpressed at finding this grainy pink stuff in his food he ate it and indeed produces large, healthy, moist poos regularly as a result! I'm afraid I can't vouch for the efficiency of this product in humans but it certainly works a treat for my cat and may well be just as good for humans and other pets too.
A medicine for: control of constipation in all age groups particularly expecting and nursing mothers, diabetics or those on restricted diets, treatment of diarrhoea, control and training of a colostomy, easing pain associated with haemorrhoids and colitis