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Doctor insights on: Metamucil Fiber Therapy

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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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Constipation problems. I've tried everything. Laxatives. Fiber. Change in diet. Probiotics. Chiropractic adjustments.

Constipation problems.  I've tried everything.  Laxatives.  Fiber. Change in diet. Probiotics. Chiropractic adjustments.

Other basics: Do you try to move bowel twice a day, after breakfast and dinner, at least 5 minutes, regardless the result? Do you drink plenty of fluid including juices containing large amount of soluble fibers such as apple or prune juice? Have you consulted with your doctor( to rule out neurologic conditions and hirschsprung disease)? ...Read more

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Will a fiber rich diet help constipation?

Will a fiber rich diet help constipation?

Daily recommended: Dose is 25-30 gms a day. Besides fiber drink atleast 6-8 glasses of water and take a stool softener twice a day. Stay active and if this all doesnt help then see a GI doc for further workup. ...Read more

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Can psyllium husk fiber aggravate gerd?

Can psyllium husk fiber aggravate gerd?

Psyllium: The psyllium itself, should not aggravate gerd, but sometimes the flavorings that are used in different products are problematic. You're going to have to try different flavors to see what you tolerate the best. ...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

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Difference between fiber in your diet and supplement fiber? Isn't fiber, fiber?

Difference between fiber in your diet and supplement fiber? Isn't fiber, fiber?

Yes ; no: Yes, fiber is fiber. But no, there's also soluble vs non-soluble fiber. More importantly, try to focus on eating enough of the right foods to get 25-36g/d as opposed to eating poorly ; then attempting to supplement w/fiber pills/mixes. Besides which, food tastes much better than pills ; powder. And eating enough fiber daily w/plenty of fluids ; physical activity will regulate bowel function. ...Read more

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Does miralax (polyethylene glycol) work with medication constipation?

Does miralax (polyethylene glycol) work with medication constipation?

Dose-dependent: The more MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) you take the faster it works. As a once over-the-counter dosed laxative you may not see results for 3-4 days, but as a multi-dosed colonoscopy preparation (when used under doctor's advice) expect laxation within hours. As with any laxative however understand its mechanism of action, its risks, & treatment goals & make sure you are not missing obstruction, dysmotility, inflammation ...Read more

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I'm taking verapamil and am constipated. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) & costco optifiber (wheat dextrin) don't seem to work. What fiber supplement would you recommend?

I'm taking verapamil and am constipated. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) & costco optifiber (wheat dextrin) don't seem to work. What fiber supplement would you recommend?

Change meds: I believe that constipation is a common side effect of medications. When simple methods to manage these complications fail, altermative treatments should be sought. I would not recommend stronger laxatives as they may alter your colonic function, unless, of course, you have no alternative. ...Read more

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Can you mix miralax (polyethylene glycol) and Metamucil together?!

Can you mix miralax (polyethylene glycol) and Metamucil together?!

Drug interactions: No interactions noted on Drugs.Com (http://www.drugs.com/interactions-check.php?drug_list=1967-1981,1893-1224)

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I've tried linzess trulance miralax psyllium and other fiber supplements diets my stool is still pencil thin. Is triphala safe?

I've tried linzess trulance miralax psyllium and other fiber supplements diets my stool is still pencil thin. Is triphala safe?

Safe enough: Triphala is an herbal formula used in Aruvedic medicine often for bowel problems/relief of constipation. It consists of at least three plants; it is not clear what chemical is responsible for it's effects. I would be more skeptical that it would provide any benefit for you, if the other things you list have not,more than I would be worried it was unsafe. You could try it without expecting too much ...Read more

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Does taking psyllium fiber supplements effect nutrient absorbance?

Does taking psyllium fiber supplements effect nutrient absorbance?

They should not: For the most part, dietary fibers don't really bind to much except good at holding onto water (thus softening stool) and so does not prevent absorption of nutrients. So don't worry, take your fibers. Most of us in the good us of a don't consume enough fibers. If you can, do it for better health. If you have concerns, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Are dietary fiber and soluble fiber the same thing?

Are dietary fiber and soluble fiber the same thing?

Read below: Dietary fiber may include soluble fiber and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber such as oatmeal soaks up fluid and slows down transit in the intestinal tract ( good in diarrhea). Insoluble fiber such as the peel of an apple, is poorly digested and draws fluids into the intestinal tract and speeds up transit of stool ( good in constipation) ...Read more

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Is miralax (polyethylene glycol) or ducolax balance better?

Is miralax (polyethylene glycol) or ducolax balance better?

Miralax (polyethylene glycol): You should use MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) to be balance as it is not a stimulant laxative and works just as a stool softener. It is gentle on the stomach and is quite easy to use. Minimal side effects. ...Read more