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Overview InformationKaraya 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 does it work?Karaya gum swells in the intestine, which stimulates the digestive tract to push stool through.
Uses & Effectiveness
Possibly Effective for
- Use as a bulk-forming laxative to treat constipation.
Insufficient Evidence for
- Stimulating sexual desire (aphrodisiac).
- Other conditions.
Side Effects & SafetyKaraya gum seems safe for most people when taken with plenty of fluids. It can block the 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.
Be cautious with this combination
Medications taken by mouth (Oral drugs) interacts with KARAYA GUM
Karaya contains a type of soft fiber called mucilage. Mucilage can decrease how much medicine the body absorbs. Taking karaya at the same time you take medications by mouth can decrease the effectiveness of your medication. To prevent this interaction take karaya at least one hour after medications you take by mouth.
The appropriate dose of karaya gum depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for karaya gum. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.
- Electronic Code of Federal Regulations. Title 21. Part 182 -- Substances Generally Recognized As Safe. Available at: https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfcfr/CFRSearch.cfm?CFRPart=182
- Tyler VE, Brady LR, Robbers JB. Pharmacognosy. 8th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Lea and Fibiger, 1981.