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Does Metamucil cause constipation?

Does Metamucil cause constipation?

It can.: Metamucil is a dry fiber. It is recommended to take it with water. If not enough water is taken the fiber will firm up and can constipate. ...Read more

Dr. Eric Kaplan
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What does one do about constipation? I have tried Metamucil and am about to try a suppository. Does having a prolapse cause complications here.

What does one do about constipation? I have tried Metamucil and am about to try a suppository. Does having a prolapse cause complications here.

Stay regular: Keep taking the Metamucil, and more water. Don't take Metamucil only when you're constipated--take it every day. Also, take magnesium to "bowel tolerance." You can't OD on magnesium, because it will give you diarrhea. Find dose that works for you--every day. Add bowel stimulants like prunes. You may be hypothyroid, a common cause of constipation. Stay regular to avoid problems w/ prolapse. ...Read more

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Metamucil seems to be making constipation worse?

Metamucil seems to be making constipation worse?

Very common: The most common mistake is to take Metamucil at night, which definitely causes constipation. Fiber is like a dry sponge. If you do not consume enough fluid with it, the fiber turns hard and constipates you. ...Read more

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Metamucil making my constipation worse. What should I do?

Metamucil making my constipation worse. What should I do?

Its not: Supposed to. You should be taking about 20-30 gms a day. If you are not tolerating it well you can switch to another brand such as citrucel or konsyl. You can also take a stool softener and keep in mind to drink a lot of fluids, specially in this warm weather. If symptoms don't improve talk to your family doc as you may need workup to rule out other causes of constipation. ...Read more

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Is metamucil effective every other day for chronic constipation or should me taken daily?

Is metamucil effective every other day for chronic constipation or should me taken daily?

Depends: The answer depends on your bowel movements- If they are easy to pass and you are taking the medication every other day, then that should suffice. If you have difficult to pass stools, you may need the medication daily. ...Read more

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Will Metamucil powder help me with my constipation problem? I'm always constipated no matter what! If yes how many times do I have to drink it?

Will Metamucil powder help me with my constipation problem? I'm always constipated no matter what! If yes how many times do I have to drink it?

Fiber in Diet: Check w/ doctor for underlying causes. Metamucil is Psyllium, a type of water soluble fiber. 2-3 servings of Metamucil gives you 6-15 grams (depending on form you use) Try fiber rich foods: whole-grain breads & cereals, apples, oranges, broccoli, cauliflower, berries, pears, Brussels sprouts, lettuce, figs, prunes, carrots, spinach, kale, brown rice, bran, etc. Add lots of water. Go slow first. ...Read more

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Help with opiate constipation. Switch pills or take metamucil?

Help with opiate constipation. Switch pills or take metamucil?

Avoid narcotics: Avoid narcs to avoid constipation. Metamucil will only 'set like concrete' in a bowel slowed by narcotics. Relistor (methylnaltrexone) is a new drug that can help if the narcotics are unavoidable. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take linzess (taking it for constipation) along with drinking Metamucil or should I avoid Metamucil while taking linzess?

Linaclotide&psyllium: No significant interaction (s) known or found for linzess and metamucil. Caution always advised with multiple medications ...Read more

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Had a C-section 5 weeks ago. But for over a week now I have bad constipation. I take Metamucil twice a day but haven't had any relief.?

Had a C-section 5 weeks ago. But for over a week now I have bad constipation. I take Metamucil twice a day but haven't had any relief.?

Post op Constipation: Constipation after a surgery is a frequent occurrence. This is partly due to the disruption of normal metabolism, and compounded by use of narcotic pain medications. It is important to stay well hydrated during this period (and stool softeners won't work properly without adequate fluid intake) and to walk as frequently as permissible (let your doctor and your comfort level be your guide). ...Read more

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I took Metamucil for constipation. Now it's loose kind of like diarrhea. Should I take imodium (loperamide) ad or diarrhea meds or just wait it out?

None of the above.: If the "diarrhea" is not fulminant--i.e., mostly water accompanied by cramping, don't worry about it. The colon is designed as a "low pressure" environment. The less force needed the better. Metamucil is a "bowel normalizer"--it helps both constipation and diarrhea. Consequently, you can take more metamucil if you want to "firm up" your stools a bit. Having loose stools is not a disease. ...Read more

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Meds r causing severe constipation (hurts to walk) Used suppository last night but still so much pressure. Can I take Metamucil capsules this morning?

Meds r causing severe constipation (hurts to walk) Used suppository last night but still so much pressure. Can I take Metamucil capsules this morning?

Constipation: What you are describing sounds like you may also have developed an external thrombosed hemorrhoid or fissure. I would set up an appt to see a general surgeon or colorectal surgeon and then a GI doctor to help manage your constipation and symptoms, especially if this is a chronic issue. ...Read more

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I have chronic constipation. I take metamucil, I exercise, drink lots of water. Only prune works, but I don't want to eat prunes for the rest of my life?

I have chronic constipation. I take metamucil, I exercise, drink lots of water. Only prune works, but I don't want to eat prunes for the rest of my life?

Eat your fiber: Lots of water and fiber are requirements for evryone. If you tend to be constipated then you need more fiber. You masy need to add more metamucil but must also add it to your diet. I also recommend an evaluation by your physician and you may need a colonoscopy or other colon screening as well. ...Read more

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Metamucil and miralax (polyethylene glycol) won't help with constipation. What's next?

Metamucil and miralax (polyethylene glycol) won't help with constipation. What's next?

Fiber supplements: Require time and plenty of fluids; otherwise, they can add to the constipation problem. Are you taking any meds that might cause constipation (narcotic pain meds are notorious for constipating). Have you used laxatives for a long time? See your fp/pcp for further advice. ...Read more

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I have a problem with constipation. Is it ok to take Metamucil and miralax (polyethylene glycol) on the same day?

I have a problem with constipation. Is it ok to take Metamucil and miralax (polyethylene glycol) on the same day?

On occasion: It should be ok to be taken infrequently. If you have problem with chronic constipation, you may have to have more thorough evaluation from your family doctor. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is inulin (metamucil) safe during pregnancy? I'm 28 weeks & have tried everything diet related to avoid constipation, and this type of Metamucil is the only thing that seems to work.

Metamucil is OK: Metamucil is composed of psyllium, which is a non-digestible fiber supplement that is safe to use in pregnancy. Fiber supplements in general are safe. It's best to avoid constipation and the discomfort that comes with it, particularly hemorrhoids. ...Read more

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I have had constipation. I saw my go today and he told me to take Metamucil daily. Which I have started today but I'm getting a lot of stomach cramps?

I have had constipation. I saw my go today and he told me to take Metamucil daily. Which I have started today but I'm getting a lot of stomach cramps?

See answer: If the constipation is severe, abdominal pain may indicate a fecal impaction. You can self check for this. If impacted consult your Dr. Prunes, prune juice and dried apricots are often effective laxatives. Reduce sweets, simple carbs and to some extent less meat and chicken> Increase fruits and vegetables and exercise. A stool softener may help if stools are very hard. See> http://bit. Ly/1uzOegm ...Read more

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Have acute constipation problems. I exercise, drink 8 glasses of water a day, and take plenty of fiber in the form of metamucil, beans and oatmeal...

Have acute constipation problems. I exercise, drink 8 glasses of water a day, and take plenty of fiber in the form of metamucil, beans and oatmeal...

See GI doctor: It sounds like you are doing the right things but they are not working. This means you need expert guidance. I suggest a visit with an internist or gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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Taking Norco for wisdom teeth removal; how can I prevent constipation? Can I take Miralax twice a day? Is Metamucil a good idea?

Taking Norco for wisdom teeth removal; how can I prevent constipation? Can I take Miralax twice a day? Is Metamucil a good idea?

Constipation: Narcotics can cause constipation if taken over a prolonged period. Miralax should help you if you are taking the narcotics for longer than a day or two. ...Read more

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My wife is 10 wks pregnant and having severe constipation. Tried stool softeners and Metamucil. The dr recommended miralax (polyethylene glycol) but we read mixed info. Ok?

My wife is 10 wks pregnant and having severe constipation. Tried stool softeners and Metamucil. The dr recommended miralax (polyethylene glycol) but we read mixed info. Ok?

Yes: Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is fine. Most important, though, is drinking lots of water. The hormones of early pregnancy slow the bowel down, so constipation is a problem. It usually gets better in the second trimester, but then worse again in the late third. When the baby's head is taking up room in the pelvis. ...Read more

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Metamucil makes me constipated, is there a better alternative?

Metamucil makes me constipated, is there a better alternative?

If metamucil is: Making you constipated the problem is most likely that you are not drinking enough fluids/ water. With adequate water intake the stool should become softer/ more moist. With poor hydration - it is likely to cause constipation. ...Read more

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Been taking Metamucil for days and still bloated and constipated. What else can help?

Been taking Metamucil for days and still bloated and constipated. What else can help?

Excess fiber: In relation to your fluid intake will cause bloating and constipation. Eating a high fiber diet consistently will make metamucil unnecessary or problematic. More often fluid intake is the problem. You need 80-100 oz caffeine free/alcohol free fluid daily with a high fiber diet. ...Read more

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I was constipated for like four days and I started drinking Metamucil and this is my 2nd day and I feel bloated and full is that normal?

Bloating: Some fiber preparations do cause some minor bloating which usually improves. However if bloating continues to be a problem, you should try switching to a different type of fiber such as citrucel. ...Read more

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Constipated for 8 days. Even after Metamucil and suppositories. Now I have used an enema and it has been 4 and a half w/very little result. What to do?

Constipated for 8 days. Even after Metamucil and suppositories. Now I have used an enema and it has been 4 and a half w/very little result. What to do?

Constipation: Try consuming liquids only : And take a tablespoon of MOM and mineral oil every 12 hours. Should clean you out in 24-48 hours. If stool in rectum use a glycerine suppository or fleets enema from below. Do not eat solid food untlil you are completely cleaned out. Avoid getting constipation in the future by eating and drinking properly. Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water daily. Eat a high fiber diet. ...Read more

Dr. Troy Reyna
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Constipation (Child) (Definition)

The difficulty passing stool or infrequent stools. ...Read more