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Doctor insights on: Can You Take Metamucil While Pregnant

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Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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I'm 10 weeks pregnant, is Metamucil safe during pregnancy? Can I take it every day? Very constipated and food fiber is not working..

I'm 10 weeks pregnant, is Metamucil safe during pregnancy? Can I take it every day? Very constipated and food fiber is not working..

Yes it is safe: Constipation during pregnancy is extremely common. It can be difficult to control, and if not treated, hemorrhoids become your next big problem! Metamucil is safe, even daily. You should also be on a stool softener such as colace (docusate sodium) 100mg 1-2 times per day. This is also safe. 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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What causes intestinal bloating? Looks like I am pregnant. Could lose 10lbs, but not really overweight. More fiber? Metamucil or citrucel?

Healthy diet: Try eating a healthy diet before resorting to medication. Plenty of fruits and vegetables, lean meat, and plenty of water. Stay away from all sweets, processed food, soft drinks, and fast food. After several days your digestive system should straighten out. If not check with your physician. ...Read more

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I'm pregnant, and ive had one bowel movement during the last three weeks. I'm on colace, (docusate sodium) Metamucil. My doctor says not to worry. Should I worry?

I'm pregnant, and ive had one bowel movement during the last three weeks. I'm on colace, (docusate sodium) Metamucil. My doctor says not to worry. Should I worry?

Not normal: I would be concerned about your bowel habits. It is not normal to have bowel movements that infrequently. I recommend to my patients that they increase fiber in their diet, add a fiber supplement, take colace, increase oral fluid intake, and take miralax (polyethylene glycol). The miralax (polyethylene glycol) is especially important as it will work for almost everyone if they take enough of it. Good luck. ...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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Can you mix/take different fiber together? For example, Metamucil pills, and a wal-mart brand of fiber gummies?

Can you mix/take different fiber together? For example, Metamucil pills, and a wal-mart brand of fiber gummies?

Yes: Yes, you can mix or match your fiber sources, whether they come from the store or food. Be careful not to over do the fiber supplements and drink plenty of water. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take Metamucil on fodmap diet?

Is it okay to take Metamucil on fodmap diet?

Low FOD-MAP diet: The low fod-map diet identifies foods that may contribute to gassiness and bloating. Perhaps your future reduction of fod-map ingestants can be part of your greater effort toward healthier eating & drinking. Note that Metamucil may ferment in your gut to more gas. Be aware however that gassiness may be symptomatic of a bigger problem--see other HealthTap answers on the subject. ...Read more

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Is it healthier to take bulk former like Metamucil or eat lots of greens?

Is it healthier to take bulk former like Metamucil or eat lots of greens?

That's an easy one!: There is no substitute for fresh fruits & vegetables. No commercial fiber product can replicate the antioxidant, mineral, & vitamin benefits of produce. On the other hand, some people tolerate raw vegetables poorly with bloating, gasiness. For these people, or when vegetables may not be readily available, fiber supplements may suffice for bulk. Distinguish water soluble versus insoluble products. ...Read more

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Dr said to take colase... I don't have any... Can I use metamucil? Will it do the same thing?

Dr said to take colase... I don't have any... Can I use metamucil? Will it do the same thing?

Colace or Metamucil.: Same goal by different mechanism. Both taken daily as opposed to “as needed”. Metamucil is certainly worth a try if you don’t have any Colace. ...Read more

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How many Metamucil capsules should I take daily for IBS?

Depends on symptoms: Metamucil is a bulk forming fiber supplement laxative. How many to take depends on your symptoms and your dietary fiber intake. I would shoot for 25 to 40 g of fiber a day in your diet. You can adjust the dosage of Metamucil to help you achieve symptom control. I would not go over 40 g a day total. Remember to stay hydrated, and to be wary of drug-food interactions. Good luck. ...Read more

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How long should I wait to take vitamins after taking metamucil?

How long should I wait to take vitamins after taking metamucil?

Wait for 2 hours: It is safe to take your vitamins 2 hours after taking metamucil for full absorption. ...Read more

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Can Metamucil work and how long does it take to work?

12 to48 hours: It start working in 12 to 48 hours, but can take up to 3 days to work. ...Read more

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Is it better to take Metamucil in the morning or at night?

Metamucil: Better at night with a full glass of water. As a laxative, expect results by the end of the following day. Also, night time is when the body produces cholesterol. Psyllium, the active ingredient in metamucil helps to reduce cholesterol. ...Read more

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Can my body become dependent on metamucil if I take 2 teaspoons daily?

No: Metamucil (http://www. Metawellness. Com/en-us/articles/about-metamucil/digestive-health) is a brand of fiber. Don't fall for the advertising. Instead, eat plenty of fruit, veggies & unrefined whole grains, enough to consume 35-45g daily. Check out http://www. Webmd. Com/drugs/2/drug-13722/metamucil-oral/details for more info. And http://goo. Gl/8iAEA3 for info re dietary fiber in general. ...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 ok to take miralax (polyethylene glycol) and metamucil?

Yes its okay: Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is a gentle laxative. Metamucil is a fiber supplement, and not really a laxative. A high fiber diet, including supplement like metamucil or generic equivalent, will keep your bms soft and regular. Use a laxative like MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) from time to time if you need some help. Once you get things moving, regular fiber only should suffice! ...Read more

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Metamucil or miralax, (polyethylene glycol) which should I take?

Both to start: You can take both to start. Once you get things moving, stop the MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) and continue the metamucil. Also, I want you to increase the natural fiber in your diet - this will help keep your bms soft and regular. ...Read more

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When is best time to take Metamucil for loose stools? 1 tsp a day enough?

Night: Night time if you normally go to the washroom in the morning, or first thing in the morning if you go to the washroom in the evening. ...Read more

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Can I take Metamucil if my doctor told me to fast for 12 hours for blood test?

Can I take Metamucil if my doctor told me to fast for 12 hours for blood test?

Before the fast: Starts. Metamucil may have sugar in it, or a sugar substitute. You may take metamucil before starting the fasting period, i.E, 12 hours before the test. ...Read more