Karaya Gum

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About

Karaya gum is a sap-like material taken from a tree that grows in India. People use it to make medicine.

Karaya gum is used as a bulk-forming laxative to relieve constipation. It is also used to increase sexual desire (as an aphrodisiac).

In manufacturing, karaya gum is used as a thickener in medications, cosmetics, and denture adhesives; and as a binder and stabilizer in foods and beverages.

How it works

Karaya gum swells in the intestine, which stimulates the digestive tract to push stool through.

Effectiveness

Possibly Effective
Use as a bulk-forming laxative to treat constipation

Concerns

Karaya gum seems safe for most people when taken with plenty of fluids. It can block the intestines if you do not drink enough fluid.

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Warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of karaya gum duringpregnancyandbreast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.Are there any interactions with medications?

Blockage in the intestine (bowel obstruction): Don't use any bulk-laxative, including karaya gum, if you have a bowel obstruction.

Interactions

Always consult with your doctor.
Moderate
Medications taken by mouth (Oral drugs)

Karaya gum contains a type of soft fiber called mucilage. Mucilage can decrease how much medicine the body absorbs. Taking karaya gum at the same time you take medications by mouth can decrease the effectiveness of your medication. To prevent this interaction take karaya gum at least one hour after medications you take by mouth.

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