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A 28-year-old female asked:

How long is metamucil ok to use. currently, it's the only thing that helps produces a soft, bm. thought about trying align. any thoughts?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Andrew Seibert
Gastroenterology 36 years experience
Metamucil: Metamucil is essentially a fiber supplement to your diet, and it is safe to use it on a regular basis for the long-term. In fact, it is probably good for you to do so. Eating foods that are higher in fiber is a good idea also. If you increase your fiber intake, you should also increase your fluid intake. Good luck.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
Safe to use long term. However, it would be prudent to identify the cause of your GI distress and treat the cause, rather than the symptoms. It would be prudent to consult with a Gastroenterologist.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
Okay to use as long as you need it. You may take a fiber laxative like Metamucil and drink enough water daily so that your urine is colorless. For the long term you may try to increase your intake of fiber foods. Consult this site for fiber foods. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/high-fiber-foods/art-20050948 Wish you good health!
Last updated Mar 28, 2022

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