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Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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Laxative (Definition)

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Which is better benefiber or metimucil?

Which is better benefiber or metimucil?

Personal Preference: Both are fiber. One is not better than the other. It is personal preference which one you take. ...Read more

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Benefiber - is it good for diarrehea?

Benefiber - is it good for diarrehea?

Yes: Increasing the fiber in one's diet can help with diarrhea. It absorbs excess fluid in the bowel and can help to form the stool making diarrhea less. ...Read more

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How long does it take for benefiber to get your digestive system going?

How long does it take for benefiber to get your digestive system going?

It depends.: It may take a few days however, constipation can also be due to not eating enough roughage, not drinking or exercising enough. Xanax (alprazolam) or other tranquilizers can further cause constipation. ...Read more

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Is benefiber safe to give to a him? (11 y.o)

Is benefiber safe to give to a him? (11 y.o)

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

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What is the difference between citracel & benefiber?

Fiber: The difference is what u pay for each product. ...Read more

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Is it recommended to take benefiber with water? If not, with what?

Is it recommended to take benefiber with water? If not, with what?

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

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Is it ok to take benefiber every day or a couple times a week for the rest of your life?

Is it ok to take benefiber every day or a couple times a week for the rest of your life?

Yes: We recommend 20-30 grams of dietary fiber per day for a better colon health. Benefiber can be a great supplimental fiber that you can take daily as needed. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between Metamucil and Benefiber? Is one better than the other? Are they safe to use every day?

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

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Is benefiber safe during pregnancy?

Is benefiber safe during pregnancy?

Yes: It can also help maintain regularity and help reduce hemorrhoids common in pregnancy as well since your bowell function will be more natural. ...Read more

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Can benefiber be used as part of a low glycemic diet?

Can benefiber be used as part of a low glycemic diet?

Yes: Hi. You bet! And most Americans need more fiber. You can get fiber from the appropriate food sources, but many of them also have digestible carbohydrates/sugars. Benefiber has no digestible carbohydrates/sugars, so would be fine in a low glycemic index diet. ...Read more

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Can benefiber chewables cause a different color in stools?

Can benefiber chewables cause a different color in stools?

Sometimes: Benefiber can sometimes trap bile acids. A variation in the amount of bile acids in your stool can cause a change in the color. It is not dangerous, and the benefits of fiber far outweigh any psychological concerns about what color your stools are!
** good luck! ...Read more

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Is it safe to take benefiber and Zantac (ranitidine) together? Not sure why it wouldn't be but asking to make sure.

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

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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

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

Details: You have a bowel movement once a day, sometimes more, yet feel constipated?????? Something has been left unsaid. After you fill in a few details perhaps there might be some groping for a useful reply. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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

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Is it okay to take benefiber at least 2 days or more a week?

Yes.: At the proper dose, benefiber is safe to be taken daily in adults. ...Read more

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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!

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!

With meals: Take the recommended dose with meals and with plenty of liquids. In order for fiber to work, you need to have adequate liquid. That would be at least 20 ounces of fluids- at least three times a day. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take benefiber with Paxil (paroxetine) and klonopin? Thank you dr.

Is it ok to take benefiber with Paxil (paroxetine) and klonopin? Thank you dr.

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

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Which is the most effective product of the following: benefiber, metamucil, or citrucel?

Which is the most effective product of the following: benefiber, metamucil, or citrucel?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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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Benefiber or miralax, (polyethylene glycol) which is better?

Healthtap: Doctors on healthtap are asked not to endorse particular products or product lines. ...Read more