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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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My total chol is now 193, used to be about 216. My LDL is 129. Eating less sugars, salts and more vegs, fruit and metamucil. Does Metamucil help if taken daily twice a day? My dr. Told me to try it
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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