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What is a good fiber supplement?

What is a good fiber supplement?

Metamucil: The active ingredient in Metamucil is psyllium husk, a natural plant fiber that is a great source of soluble and insoluble fiber. ...Read more

Dr. Randy Baker
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Supplements (Definition)

A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...Read more


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Can you tell me are fiber supplement tablets ok to use?

Can you tell me are fiber supplement tablets ok to use?

Fiber supplements: None are "good" to use if by good you mean they have been proven by proper trials to make what is bothering you better. Or make you live longer or healthier. ...Read more

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Are there any risks involved with prolonged taking of fiber supplement, like C-lium?

Are there any risks involved with prolonged taking of fiber supplement, like C-lium?

No: Psyllium is safe for long-term use, as are fiber supplements in general. There is some risk, unrelated to how long you take the fiber, of obstruction, but this is thought to only occur with inadequate fluid intake along with the fiber. Overall, fiber supplements have many health benefits, and are definitely recommended for ongoing use. ...Read more

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Are fiber supplement tablets a good way to get more fiber into my diet and are they healthy?

Are fiber supplement tablets a good way to get more fiber into my diet and are they healthy?

They help.: Guidelines suggest 35 grams of fiber daily for women, 50 grams for men. That's a lot of fiber. Tablets can help, you reach these goals, but should not supplant normal dietary sources of fiber. ...Read more

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Can I take my fiber supplement before HIDA scan?

Can I take my fiber supplement before HIDA scan?

Prep instructions: Should be not eating for six hours prior to test. Being very jaundiced will interfere with results of test. Mild jaundice usually does not interfere with test. ...Read more

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What happens if I take a fiber supplement before a colonoscopy?

What happens if I take a fiber supplement before a colonoscopy?

May be a bad prep: We tend to recommend a low-fiber diet a few days before a colonoscopy because at times the fiber can cause a residue that coats the colon making it difficult for the endoscopist to find polyps. ...Read more

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Use of bulk forming fiber like unifiber fiber supplement during sitz marker test?

Use of bulk forming fiber like unifiber fiber supplement during sitz marker test?

No: Standard answer: always ask your doctor about proposed tests & procedures as well as medications. With that said, check out http://www.Sitzmarks. Com/questionstoaskyourdoctor. Aspx which states not to use any laxatives including bulking agents prior to test. ...Read more

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I've started taking a fiber supplement and noticed that my anus hole started to itch. Is this normal?

I've started taking a fiber supplement and noticed that my anus hole started to itch. Is this normal?

Fiber is irritant: It is possible for your fiber to be an irritant to your bowel. There are different types of fiber on the market... Try another one and see if it helps. Also, it is very important that you consume lots of water when taking fiber. ...Read more

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How much fiber supplement to take to relieve constipation for a woman?

How much fiber supplement to take to relieve constipation for a woman?

30 gm: It's agood idea to eat food with high fiber. But if need extra supplement, then take over the counter fiber supplement up to 25-30 gm daily with lots of water. Thanks ...Read more

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Can I take my fiber supplement at the same time as I take my prilosec?

Can I take my fiber supplement at the same time as I take my prilosec?

Prilosec Interaction: Can I take my fiber supplement at the same time as I take my prilosec?
No prilosec should be taken 1 hour before meals. Due to fiber binding up the drug in the stomach. Suggest 1 hour before fiber supplement or 2 hours afterward.
As always follow OTC label directions or med guidelines from your doctor included with your Prilosec from the pharmacy. ...Read more

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Dr said to take either Metamucil or fibercon as a fiber supplement. What is the difference? Which is better fiber supplement.

Dr said to take either Metamucil or fibercon as a fiber supplement. What is the difference? Which is better fiber supplement.

Try one.: You will have to try them and compare. There may be theoretical advantages, but practical differences are what matters most. Use the one you like best. ...Read more

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What's the best soluble fiber ingredient to look for in a fiber supplement? Right now mine uses xylitol, but seeing if there's something more natural.

What's the best soluble fiber ingredient to look for in a fiber supplement? Right now mine uses xylitol, but seeing if there's something more natural.

Xylitol : Is a sugar alcohol, or artificial sugar. It's not fiber. It acts as an osmotic laxative, but has significant side effects of bloating and gas. Look for citrucel or Metamucil. ...Read more

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What is the best fiber supplement to take if you have diverticulosis?

What is the best fiber supplement to take if you have diverticulosis?

Good diet you eat: You don't have to waste money on fiber like metamucel, fiber capsules, vegetables, fruits, whole wheat bread etc all has fiber, and is free. ...Read more

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My toddler is a picky eater who refuses fruit and veggies. She's not regular. Any suggestions on adding a fiber supplement?

My toddler is a picky eater who refuses fruit and veggies. She's not regular.  Any suggestions on adding a fiber supplement?

Fiber supplements: In the shape of cereals and nutrition bars are usually most readily accepted. However, my recommendation is to continue to entice her with small servings of different types of greens and fruits, prepared in different manners, taken together with things she may like. Most kids refuse veggies due to their texture, but I have not met many children who rebuff everything under the sun. Persistence! ...Read more

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Started a fiber supplement. Noticed past few days when I have a bm it's usually a lot of blood with it. Not period or hemmrhoid. I take lax 3x a week?

Started a fiber supplement.  Noticed past few days when I have a bm it's usually a lot of blood with it. Not period or hemmrhoid. I take lax 3x a week?

Rectal blood: You may have internal hemorrhoids. Blood in a bm is not normal. Have your physician examine you for diagnosis and treatment. Associated diarrhea may be due to ulcerative colitis. Polyps or other growths have to be ruled out. ...Read more

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Is citrucel or any other fiber supplement connected to weight gain?

Is citrucel or any other fiber supplement connected to weight gain?

No: Fiber supplements are not digested — that's what makes them fiber. They just sit in your intestines and attract water, helping to soften stools and make bowels regular. Since not digested, no calories or weight gain. Some may contain other ingredients to make them more palatalbe and tasty (I love the fiber brownies!) — then these do indeed have calories. Read container and see if lists calories. ...Read more

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I have IBS. Is it safe to take methylcellulose every day? If not, can you recommend a daily fiber supplement that is safe for chronic use?

I have IBS. Is it safe to take methylcellulose every day? If not, can you recommend a daily fiber supplement that is safe for chronic use?

It is safe: It is safe to take methylcellulose for symptom management of IBS; fiber, of which methylcellulose is one kind, is generally effective for IBS symptoms. Another effective fiber supplement for IBS symptoms is psyllium. If you plan on taking any of these long-term (> 1 week -- and it sounds like you do!), keep your doctor in the loop and mention that you’re taking them the next time you see him/her. ...Read more

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Is there any meds that can cause u to need to take a fiber supplement daily to have a productive bowel movement?

Is there any meds that can cause u to need to take a fiber supplement daily to have a productive bowel movement?

Lots: Lots of meds can cause constipation, either by slowing transit time, increasing water extraction from bowel, both mechs, or other. Can include narcotics, calcium channel blockers for BP and heart conditions, calcium supp, other fiber stimulates bms by increasing water in the bowel, making for a bigger, bulkier, softer stool; increases the stretch and then the contractions of the bowel. ...Read more

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Does anyone know of a fiber supplement that does not cause excess gas? I struggle a lot with irritable bowel syndrome.

Does anyone know of a fiber supplement that does not cause excess gas? I struggle a lot with irritable bowel syndrome.

Most do, because...: Some fiber is not digested, but fermented by bacteria that normally live in the gut. Insoluble fiber, like in wheat bran, may be less gassy than soluble fiber, like in oats. Other products such as polyethylene glycol, miralax, may be less gassy. ...Read more

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I think I overdose on fiber supplement. I'm experiencing flatulence, bloating and mucoid stools. What should I do and how long will it last.

I think I overdose on fiber supplement. I'm experiencing flatulence, bloating and mucoid stools. What should I do and how long will it last.

2-3 days: Hopefully you have stopped taking the supplement. It should be out of your system within 2-3 days, unless you are normally constipated. Drink lots of water, walk around, massage your belly clockwise, take warm baths. ...Read more

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Doctors, do you think I can buy protein shakes, fiber supplement and vitamins with food stamps?

Doctors, do you think I can buy protein shakes, fiber supplement and vitamins with food stamps?

Possibly: Each state differs some in what they allow food stamps to be used for. Fiber supplements and vitamins are likely to be allowable since they can improve and maintain overall health. Protein shakes offer benefit only in a select group of people, so unless you have documentation from a health care provider that they are indicated, food stamps may not be honored for them. ...Read more