- What other names is Karaya Gum known by?
- What is Karaya Gum?
- How does Karaya Gum work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Are there any interactions with medications?
- Dosing considerations for Karaya Gum.
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.
Possibly Effective for...
- Use as a bulk-forming laxative to treat constipation.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Stimulating sexual desire (aphrodisiac).
- Other conditions.
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).
Quick GuideDigestive Disorders: Common Misconceptions
intestines if you do not drink enough fluid.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of karaya gum during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Blockage in the intestine (bowel obstruction): Don't use any bulk-laxative, including karaya gum, if you have a bowel obstruction.
Medications taken by mouth (Oral drugs)
Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.
Talk with your health provider.
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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