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Benefiber For Diarrhea
I'm doing the optifast diet and I'm in week 2. Everything is great except constant diarrhea. I've also been taking benefiber once a day. Advice?
Wt loss is water wt: That is not sustainable weight loss and it can mess up your electrolytes and cause you serious harm! That is like wringing out a water soaked towel and saying "See how much lighter it is! " As soon as you start eating normally again the water will return as will your frustration and anger with your latest fad diet. As has been said in another context "There is no Royal road to geometry." ...Read more
Loose stools is a symptom in which a person's stool (poop) does not hold its shape after it goes into the toilet. Instead of remaining a shaped piece of poop, the poop spreads out in the toilet bowl water. Very loose stool is called diarrhea. Loose stool can be caused by infections, certain foods or drinks, ...Read more
Probably: There is a Benefiber product especially designed for children which simply has the wheat dextrin in it (still considered gluten free) without additional ingredients or supplements. It could be added to a child's food/beverage safely, I believe. However, I suggest increasing fiber in the child's diet would be a better initial approach. Good luck! ...Read more
Fiber: The difference is what u pay for each product. ...Read more
Fiber: Yes, you should take fiber with water. Make sure you take adequate amount of water. If not taking adequate amount of water with fiber, this will actually worsen your constipation. Rule of thumb: one table spoon in 8 oz of water. Don't take high volume of fiber at the start, this can cause excessive bloating. Titrate from low to tolerated. ...Read more
Is there a difference between Metamucil and Benefiber? Is one better than the other? Are they safe to use every day?
Different but the: Same - almost! Both are sources of fiber. Benefiber comes from wheat dextrin, while Metamucil comes from psyllium seed. One is not necessarily better than the other, you just have to see which one your body better tolerates. Be ware, Benefiber contains exceptional small amounts of gluten, so that may come into play for a very sensitive select few. Both can be used daily. ...Read more
Is it safe to take benefiber and Zantac (ranitidine) together? Not sure why it wouldn't be but asking to make sure.
It is safe: Not sure why you care though because I'm not aware of any medical condition that calls for this combination of substances. ...Read more
I'm able to use the bathroom at least once a day, but I still often feel constipated. What causes this? I've even been taking benefiber
My dr told me 2 take Benefiber daily. I found fiber oral capsules were cheaper & easier to consume. Fiber caps r made of psyllium. Which better &why?
Benefiber may be: Easier to take. The powder in a can format is easier and cheaper than capsules and you'll get a larger dose which which will help make you regular. Psyllium works well too and is a bulk laxative, and helps moves things through. It s a matter of preference. It also comes as loose powder. ...Read more
Yes: Safe and doesn't taste bad!Get a more detailed answer ›
Yes.: At the proper dose, benefiber is safe to be taken daily in adults. ...Read more
I was recommended to take benefiber. But I'm not sure as to how to include it in my daily diet. Any tips would be appreciated, thank you!
Kinda sorta: Not to be rude but this question really should be asked of your prescribing doc ; dispensing pharmacist. They need to know everything you're taking. For instance, there's an interaction btwn Paxil (paroxetine) ; klonopin! Check out http://www. Drugs. Com/interactions-check. Php? Drug_list=2312-11214, 703-357, 1800-1156 for info on all 3 together. In general, you can take either w/benefiber (lots of variations). ...Read more
All effective: Theses are just supplements. All are effective but I caution that while taking benefiber you have to make sure you drink lots of water with it. But these just supplement your diet. Most people need 25-30 grams a day and it is impossible to get this just from these products. You still have to change your diet and get it there. Consult with your physician for more info. ...Read more
Saw proctolgist 10 days ago he diagonosed w constaoation n internal hens. They r not bleeding n am eating softners n benefiber w sitz bath n proctosol?
Fiber is ok but: Your problem may not be not enough fiber but is much more likely inadequate fluid or excessive caffeine intake, which is a diuretic and will dehydrate you and contribute to constipation. You don't need benefiber if you are eating a diet with adequate fiber. In fact excess fiber and inadequate fluids can make the problem worse! Do a self assessment on above. ...Read more
Been constipated for 2 or 3 days. I took a Dulcolax this morning & it didn't work. So I took 2 teaspoons of benefiber and still no change. What to do?
Go on liquids: Diet only and eliminate caffeine and alcohol both of which contribute to constipation. Take some milk of magnesia 1-2 tbsp every 12 hours until cleaned out. If it feels like you have tool in the rectum, use either a glycerine suppository or fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate). But you need to be thoroughly cleaned out in order to consider a colonoscopy, so do the above first and maintain a high fiber diet and drink 80oz/ ...Read more
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Gi doc wants me to try OTC supplement *like* benefiber before rx. Dietary not sufficient. What's best, yet affordable?
More vegetable: You could try to eat more vegetable and decrease meat intake and drink more water. ...Read more
Yes: Tums (calcium carbonate) and benefiber can be taken together.. ...Read more
I was told by a Gastroenterologist that soluble fiber would help my symptoms for IBS. Would Benefiber be a good choice? The kind you mix in drinks?
Yes: Benefiber can be a good choice for obtaining more soluble fiber in the diet as an attempt to treat IBS. It is generally better to begin slowly and gradually increase the amount of fiber supplementation over the course of weeks to months. It is also important to increase your fluid intake when you increase your fiber. This works in some patients with IBS. Good luck. ...Read more
I am constipated from Gonal F (follitropin alfa) use for IVF treatment. Benefiber and hydration are not relieving the symptoms. Only 3 very small BMs in 7 days. Help!
Try this: Buy Fiber One ("the original" as it says on the box). Look at the nutritional information. It will say "14 grams of fiber per serving" which is 1/2 cup. Eat 1 cup every day. You can mix in other, more tasty cereals, or fruit to improve palatability. If you do this most every day, your constipation will improve and resolve after a few days. ...Read more
Is there anything safe or prescription Ican take for chronic constipation due to Paxil, (paroxetine) getting off pax within 1 mo. Benefiber didn't work etc. Taking miralax.?
Water: Make sure you are drinking enough water. You might want to make sure you've had your thyroid hormones checked. ...Read more
Benefiber, Metamucil: The treatment for regulating hard constipated stools is threefold - changing your diet to take in more fiber, which holds onto water and softens the stool; drinking more water to keep the stool soft; and exercise, in particular walking, to assist in colon motility. Occasional use of laxatives is okay, but dependency can occur. ...Read more
Do internal hemorrhoids go away? Had since child birth 18mths ago. Some bowel movmts are easy and others are hard and bleed. Benefiber helps
Yes possibly: You need to drink a lot of water, eat lots of fruits and veggies, limit bananas, limit rice, breads and try to have 1-2 soft stools a day. Over time things should improve ...Read more
Doctor gave me Metamucil for my bowel problems and it is giving me cramps. Is that normal? Metamucil works better for me than benefiber. Help?
The bowel problem: It is more likely that the bowel problem is the cause of the cramping rather than the Metamucil which doesn't usually cause this. Some patients find that Miralax (polyethylene glycol) works better for them. If you continue having problems, get back to the gastroenterologist. Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more
At what age can a baby take miralax (polyethylene glycol)? My pediatrician old me it is safe to give my 10 month old benefiber, but it is still not doing the trick.
I Rx it that young: I often use full strength apple or prune juice (not diluted baby juice)in infants. It takes 2-4 days but in volumes of 1-2 oz /1-3xday it helps some. The mirilax was a prescription med before years of safe use let it come to the otc market. The pedi gi's in my neighborhood started using it >a decade ago in infants & I occasionally do. Start with teaspoon & increase as needed to get to soft stools. ...Read more