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2004, vol. 54, iss. 3, pp. 295-314
Constipation and diarrhea: Herbal medicinal products and self - medication
University of Belgrade, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmacognosy
Keywords: Constipation; diarrhea; herbal drugs; dosage; information for patients; gastrointestinal disorders as adverse reactions
Abstract
Herbal drugs and herbal drug preparations are active constituents of many different dietary supplements, probiotics and herbal medicinal products, which can be used preventively or for the treatment of constipation and diarrhea. For prevention and for treatment of chronicle constipation diet with high content of dietary fibre and more liquids has to be applied. Today, the most important herbal remedies for treatment of acute constipation are those containing as active constituents bulk-forming herbal drugs or athranoid-containing herbal drugs (single dose corresponded to 20 mg of hydroxyantracene derivatives; daily dose 40-60 mg). For the symptomatic treatment of acute diarrhea tannin containing drugs, pectins or live dried yeast (Saccharomyces boulardii) can be used. Besides, different products with liophylisate of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacillus are available. For the chronicle diarrheal condition diet with pectins and with carob bean (Ceartonia siliqua) can be suggested. Natural products are mainly used trough the self-medication. Because of that, detail information about dosage, mode of administration, contraindications, precautions and adverse reaction, as well as about interaction with others drugs have to be given to patients. Second part of this paper deals with information about gastrointestinal disorders caused by the therapeutically doses of some approved herbal drugs and herbal medicinal products.
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