Tragacanth

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About

Tragacanth is a plant. The sap-like material (resin) of the plant is used to make medicine.

Tragacanth is used both for diarrhea and constipation.

It is also an ingredient in toothpastes, hand lotions, denture adhesives, and vaginal creams and jellies.

In foods, tragacanth is important for stabilizing and thickening ingredients in salad dressings, foods, and beverages.

In pharmaceutical products, tragacanth is used as a binding agent.

How it works

Tragacanth contains ingredients that stimulate the movement of the intestines.

Effectiveness

Not Proven
Constipation
Diarrhea
Other conditions

Concerns

Tragacanth seems to be safe when taken by mouth as a medicine. But be sure to take it with plenty of water. It can block the intestines if you do not drink enough fluid.Tragacanth also seems to be safe when applied to the skin.

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Warnings

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

Quillaia allergy: Tragacanth can cause breathing problems in people who are sensitive to quillaia bark.

Interactions

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

Tragacanth is a thick gel. Tragacanth can stick to medications in the stomach and intestines. Taking tragacanth at the same time as medications that you take by mouth can decrease how much medication your body absorbs, and decrease the effectiveness of your medication. To prevent this interaction, take tragacanth at least one hour after medications you take by mouth.

The information provided on this page is for reference purposes and is not meant to be used as a medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always consult with a medical professional.