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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

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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 dont 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 ?

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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