Karaya gum is used as a bulk-forming laxative and to increase sexual desire (as an aphrodisiac), but there is no good scientific evidence to support its use.
How does it work ?
Uses & Effectiveness
Possibly Effective for
- Constipation. Karaya gum may work as a bulk-forming laxative.
Insufficient Evidence for
- Stimulating sexual desire (aphrodisiac).
- Other conditions.
Special Precautions and Warnings
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) interacts with KARAYA GUM
Karaya gum contains a type of soft fiber called mucilage. Mucilage might impact how much medicine the body absorbs. Taking karaya gum at the same time as medications by mouth can change the effectiveness of the medication. To prevent this interaction, take karaya gum at least one hour after taking medications.
Be watchful with this combination
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