Sara Marie, for years I only used the original formula KONSYL. It was great for firming up the stools. I took it in the morning only. I took at least 2-3 Tablespoons in about 4-5 ounces of ice water. I drank the lumpy mixture quickly with extra sips of ice water to get it down. You have to be careful because it can clog your throat. Again, don’t drink anything for about an hour before, and don’t drink anything for about an hour after. If you do, it reverses on you and causes more diarrhea, instead of firming up loose stools. A few months ago, I developed what’s called cuffitis. I had experienced pouchitis before, but this was different. The KONSYL was irritating the anal ring area because of the cuffitis. I tried to go without the KONSYL and just get by on white rice until the cuffitis was under control, but it was miserable. I did some research and came across the Banatrol Plus. I tried it by itself (doubling and tripling the scoops); it helped, but it wasn’t as good as the KONSYL. It didn’t burn, sting, or irritate, but it didn’t firm up the stools as well either. I decided to try mixing the two. I played around with the doses and came up with the one tablespoon of Banatrol and the two tablespoons of KONSYL mixed together. For whatever reason, that worked. I had the benefits of the psyllium back without the irritation. I included more information than you asked for because it helps to understand the whys behind the reasoning. I hope this helps. I definitely took just the KONSYL for years with great results.