sterculia (OTC)

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Dosing & Uses

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Dosage Forms & Strengths

granules

  • 62% sterculia gum
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Constipation

1-2 sachets PO qD-BID; place granules on tongue & swallow with 250 mL of water

Dosage Forms & Strengths

granules

  • 62% sterculia gum
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Constipation

>12 years old: same as adult dose

<12 years old: not established

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            Adverse Effects

            Frequency Not Defined

            Constipation

            Flatulence

            Abdominal cramping

            Impaction

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            Warnings

            Contraindications

            Hypersensitivity, obstruction, fecal impaction, symptoms of appendicitis or acute surgical abdomen, GI ulceration, dysphagia, rectal bleeding

            Cautions

            Ingest adequate quantities of water with the preparation

            Not recommended during abd pain, N/V, fever

            Separate by all other medications by 2 hr, since laxatives may decr absorption

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            Pregnancy & Lactation

            Pregnancy Category: N/A

            Lactation: no data available; not absorbed, therefore unlikely to pose risk in breast-feeding

            Pregnancy Categories

            A:Generally acceptable. Controlled studies in pregnant women show no evidence of fetal risk.

            B:May be acceptable. Either animal studies show no risk but human studies not available or animal studies showed minor risks and human studies done and showed no risk.

            C:Use with caution if benefits outweigh risks. Animal studies show risk and human studies not available or neither animal nor human studies done.

            D:Use in LIFE-THREATENING emergencies when no safer drug available. Positive evidence of human fetal risk.

            X:Do not use in pregnancy. Risks involved outweigh potential benefits. Safer alternatives exist.

            NA:Information not available.

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            Pharmacology

            Onset: 12-72 hr

            Metabolism: not absorbed from GI tract

            Excretion: fecal

            Mechanism of Action

            Sterculia urens gum; bulk-producing laxative

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