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FLAXSEED (Linum usitatissimum) - ORAL

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

FLAXSEED (Linum usitatissimum) - ORAL


Flax seed has been used for constipation. It has also been used for controling cholesterol and blood sugar levels in the body. Some herbal/diet supplement products have been found to contain possibly harmful impurities/additives. Check with your pharmacist for more details regarding the particular brand you use. The FDA has not reviewed this product for safety or effectiveness. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.

How To Use

Take this product by mouth as directed. Separate doses of this product from other medicines by at least 1- 2 hours, since flax seed may interfere with drug absorption. Follow all directions on the product package. If you are uncertain about any of the information, consult your doctor or pharmacist. Drink plenty of water while using this product. Do not use this product for constipation for more than 7 days unless directed by your doctor. Do not use this product if you have had bowel problems for longer than 2 weeks or if there is blood in your stool. Consult your doctor or pharmacist. If your condition persists or worsens, or if you think you may have a serious medical problem, seek immediate medical attention.

Side Effects

Nausea, bloating or diarrhea may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, contact your doctor promptly. Tell your doctor immediately if you have any of these unlikely but serious side effects: severe stomach pain, failure to have a bowel movement. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.


If you have any of the following health problems, consult your doctor before using this product: stomach or intestinal problems (e.g., ileus), trouble swallowing (e.g., esophageal stricture), blood in the stool, persistent stomach pain, nausea/vomiting/bloating. Liquid preparations of this product may contain sugar and/or alcohol. Caution is advised if you have diabetes, alcohol dependence or liver disease. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about the safe use of this product. Flax seed has been used at normal doses in pregnancy. Higher than normal doses are not recommended for use during pregnancy. Consult your doctor before using this product.

Drug Interactions

Before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription medications you may use.


If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include fast heartbeat, weakness, shortness of breath, unsteadiness when walking, paralysis, and seizures.


Proper diet, increased fluid intake and regular exercise may help prevent constipation. Consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.


Refer to storage information printed on the package. If you have any questions about storage, ask your pharmacist.