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Doctor insights on: Metamucil Side Effects Stool

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Does Metamucil help soften stools?

Does Metamucil help soften stools?

Metamucil: Helps to soften stool. Metamucil contains 100% psyllium fiber which absorbs excess liquid in the intestines. This acts as a laxative to develop softer ; bulkier stools, . ...Read more

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Should you have dark stool after using metamucil?

Should you have dark stool after using metamucil?

Dark stool: Metamucil does not turn the stool dark. Peptobismol, iron pills and upper gastrointestinal bleeding can turn the stool dark. ...Read more

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Why does Metamucil make me stool kind of "stringy like"at times. Kind of strings together, I thought this would "soften" not be like icky silly putty?

Why does Metamucil make me stool kind of "stringy like"at times. Kind of strings together, I thought this would "soften" not be like icky silly putty?

Stringy stool: Stringy stool is a symptom with many causes, benign and not so benign. Metamucil itself doesn't usually cause stringy stool, but it may have unmasked this symptom. If it is pencil like and persists more than two weeks it may be a sign of luminal (phenobarbital) obstruction. Flat ribbon like stools can be seen in irritable bowel syndrome. If it persists, it should be evaluated further by your doctor. ...Read more

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When is best time to take Metamucil for loose stools? 1 tsp a day enough?

When is best time to take Metamucil for loose stools? 1 tsp a day enough?

Night: Night time if you normally go to the washroom in the morning, or first thing in the morning if you go to the washroom in the evening. ...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

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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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Can extended use of Metamucil cause bight green stools? Does the light food intake while using Metamucil contribute to this when present? Bile?

Can extended use of Metamucil cause bight green stools? Does the light food intake while using Metamucil contribute to this when present? Bile?

Metamucil: Metamucil does not cause bright green stools. Stool color can change on its own, and bright green is not only not abnormal, it's just fine. I would continue the Metamucil since it provides great fiber for the bowels. No need to stop it. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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Hi I am taking Metamucil and have noticed white string like things in my stool. Can this be from the fiber? I'm a def hypochondriac and have diagnosed myself with worms please help.

Hi I am taking Metamucil and have noticed white string like things in my stool. Can this be from the fiber? I'm a def hypochondriac and have diagnosed myself with worms please help.

Depends: Metamucil's main ingredient is psyllium husk, a natural plant fiber that is a source of soluble and insoluble fiber. The soluble fiber creates a viscous gel as it travels through the GI tract. The insoluble fiber moves through intact. So hopefully the white worms are just husk remnants. If not go see your Doctor for stool cultures Ova and parasites x 3. ...Read more

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Having pain lately between navel and groin area. Yellow stool but they sink. Been taking metamucil daily. Colonosoppy next week. Should I be worried?

Having pain lately between navel and groin area. Yellow stool but they sink. Been taking metamucil daily. Colonosoppy next week. Should I be worried?

The colonoscopy: Might be helpful in determining if there are any worrisome conditions involving your intestines. Insure that your physician is aware of these symptoms. ...Read more

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Feel constipated, and only able to pass soft thin stools. Could this be some sort of interstinal infection? I eat high fiber and use Metamucil daily.

Feel constipated, and only able to pass soft thin stools. Could this be some sort of interstinal infection? I eat high fiber and use Metamucil daily.

Colonoscopy: Any changes in bowel habits calls for seeing your doctor. I would recommend seeing a gastroenterologist for a colonoscopy irrespective of your age. Of note everyone at age 50 should have their 1st colonoscopy for colon cancer screening. ...Read more

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I just had removal of my prostate due to cancer. I am taking a stool softener but it's been two weeks, can I take Metamucil?

I just had removal of my prostate due to cancer. I am taking a stool softener but it's been two weeks, can I take Metamucil?

Of course, but does: Not mean it will work, always trial & error dosage & strategy. Probably healthier is adding above veggies: cauliflower, broccoli, a variety of various lettuce, fresh spinach & many other good choices; add butter, etc. To improve taste/appeal to excellent. Too much of the OTC processed foods/supplements industry is not healthy. ...Read more

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My son is 7 always had a hard time with a bowel movement. Have tried mirilax and metamucil. But his stool is very large. He has normal movement daily?

My son is 7 always had a hard time with a bowel movement. Have tried mirilax and metamucil. But his stool is very large. He has normal movement daily?

Chronic constipation: Large-caliber stools mean that your son's colon has enlarged from long-standing constipation & that referral to a pediatric gastroenterologist is warranted. A " clean-out" has to be done before MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) will work. After it's done, he'll need treatment for at least 6 mos. To reduce the risks of medical & behavioral complications of chronic constipation. See his pediatrician first. ...Read more

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Dr said I have small anal fissure. What are the differences between fiber supplement (metamucil) and stool softener. Which one is best to use. Thanks.

Dr said I have small anal fissure. What are the differences between fiber supplement (metamucil) and stool softener. Which one is best to use. Thanks.

Both: Fiber supplement, extra water, and stool softeners all used together are the first line treatment for anal fissure. Fiber is simply indigestible fiber that adds bulk to the stool and makes it easier for the intestines to pass it along. The stool softener causes the stool to retain enough fluid to keep it from getting hard and dry and perhaps reopening the anal fissure.
Some people also use fasting. ...Read more

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For small anal fissure. Why do I need Metamucil or stool softener which has 3g/ pill, when1cup of my favorite cooked lentils has 15.6g, 1 pear 8g fiber.?

For small anal fissure. Why do I need Metamucil or stool softener which has 3g/ pill, when1cup of my favorite cooked lentils has 15.6g, 1 pear 8g fiber.?

You don't: ...Need to add fiber if you get adequate fiber in your diet. The recommendation was made because most people do not ;, for someone that does, adding the supplement wouldn't hurt. This doesn't apply to stool softeners, like colace (docusate sodium). Whereas fiber in your diet can soften stools, it doesn't do it the same way as the medicine, ;, for healing, using both a high fiber diet ; a softener might be advised. ...Read more

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Which is the best stool softner without side effects?

Which is the best stool softner without side effects?

Miralax (polyethylene glycol): I recommend drinking lots of water and using miralax, (polyethylene glycol) this type of fiber works with your body and doesn't necessarily force you to use the bathroom but lets you decide when you want to go. Each person has different reactions to fiber and some can cause bloating to some while others to have the same symptoms, so it is important to try a few to see which one works best for you. ...Read more

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Side effects from stool softener and lactulose?

Better BM's: It would seem you dr is trying to help make your bowel movements less hard. I agree with this approach. Add fiber from foods like whole grain cereals and fruits and veggies. ...Read more

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What side effects could I get from stool softener and laxative addiction?

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Laxative abuse: Some are electrolyte imbalances, with effects on brain, heart, kidneys and other vital organs. ...Read more

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I have constipation and mild hemorrhoids. I've been using a syrup (duphalac 300 ml) for the stools to be soft and regular. Does it have any side effects?

I have constipation and mild hemorrhoids. I've been using a syrup (duphalac 300 ml) for the stools to be soft and regular. Does it have any side effects?

Duphulac: Mild side effects may include gas, bloating, nausea, stomach rumbling (borborygmi), cramps. More severe side effects that should be reported to doc may include diarrhea, vomiting, muscle cramps, irregular heartbeat, seizures. Any medicine can cause allergic reaction: seek help immediately if get rash, hives, swelling of face/ tongue/throat, severe dizziness, difficulty breathing. ...Read more

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My one month old baby is formula fed with Similac and his stool is yellowish pasty and other times mucusy. No other side effects and no blood. Should?

My one month old baby is formula fed with Similac and his stool is yellowish pasty and other times mucusy. No other side effects and no blood. Should?

All sound normal: As long as he is acting fine and stooling regularly, he is ok. The only time you need to worry is if the stool is black and tarry, or if it is white like ash/clay, or if it is really runny indicating diarrhea ...Read more

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Bronchitis; doing 5 day burst 40mgs Prednisone. Horrible sharp smelling breath, skin, and stool after only 2 days. Is this side effects? Worried.

Bronchitis; doing 5 day burst 40mgs Prednisone. Horrible sharp smelling breath, skin, and stool after only 2 days. Is this side effects? Worried.

Prednisone: Bad smelling breath, stool can be due to colitis (most likely) & prednisone. Are you on an antibiotic? If you are having worsening diarrhea, consult with us as some bacteria can cause particularly bad smelling stool. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of docusate sodium stool softener?

What are the side effects of docusate sodium stool softener?

GI mostly: Can cause diarrhea, cramps, elctrolyte (blood chemistry) abnormalities, rarely rash or throat irritation. ...Read more

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Does homeopathic remedies have any side effects? My LO is 3 weeks old and I noticed that every time we give her a full dose or too for colic, she ends up having a and full of stool, spitting up and bad sleeping and feeding.

Does homeopathic remedies have any side effects? My LO is 3 weeks old and I noticed that every time we give her a full dose or too for colic, she ends up having a and full of stool, spitting up and bad sleeping and feeding.

Homeopathy: In general they have no side effects. And most have not been shown to have any good effects either. But if you need to spend money for things that have not been proven to work it is up to you. ...Read more