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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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Can i stop wellbutrin (bupropion) cold turkey been on it for 3 months- i hate it. Also how does using Metamucil help weight gain? Doc says my small intestines move way too quick regimen-ensure, Metamucil every day

Can i stop wellbutrin (bupropion) cold turkey been on it for 3 months- i hate it. Also how does using Metamucil help weight gain? Doc says my small intestines move way too quick regimen-ensure, Metamucil every day

Generally Yes: Wellbutrin (bupropion) usually has no withdrawal, even at high doses. To be on the safe side you can go down on the xr from 300 to 150, wait 4 days then stop. On the ir you can go from 200 to 100 for 4 days then stop. Metamucil does not help weight loss. Many diets that are high protein require fiber supplementation. ...Read more

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Do stool softeners like Metamucil work the same way as laxatives?

Do stool softeners like Metamucil work the same way as laxatives?

Neither are laxative: Stool sofeners (colace) moisten & soften hard, dry stools whereas fiber supplements (metamucil) buks stool due to both water-holding & increased bacterial mass due to fiber digestion. Both products assume normal GI anatomy without inflammation, stenosis, extrinsic or instrinsic obstruction. Change in bowels is a "red flag", like weight loss or blood in stool, that needs evaluation if persistent. ...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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How long does it take for a stool softener like Metamucil to take effect?

How long does it take for a stool softener like Metamucil to take effect?

Not a stool softener: Metamucil is not a softener per se. Rather it adds bulk and can retain (adsorb to be technically correct) fluid which may 'soften' the stool indirectly. The effect is usually within 24 hours. The dose may need to be gradually increased to (a) be effective and (b) minimize gas, cramps etc. ...Read more