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Doctor insights on: Metamucil Vs Psyllium Husk

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Is pure psyllium husk powder as good as manufactured products such as Metamucil to maintain daily bowel regularity? How much should be taken daily?

Is pure psyllium husk powder as good as manufactured products such as Metamucil to maintain daily bowel regularity? How much should be taken daily?

Fermented...: Many fibers, particularly the water insoluble kind (psyllium) are readily fermented by your gut flora ; may cause bloating/gassiness. Choose your favorite depending on your tolerance to taste, texture, volume, dosing. If your goal is bowel regularity, remember that normal stool frequency fits a spectrum from 3-4 movements/day to one every 3-4 days. Dose is individualized, as dietary fiber varies. ...Read more

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Why are fiber type powders like psyllium or Metamucil not preferred over opiod agonists for improving acute diarrhea?

Why are fiber type powders like psyllium or Metamucil not preferred over opiod agonists for improving acute diarrhea?

Mistaken: Psyllium and metamucil would not generally be preferred agents for acute diarrhea. Loperamide - an opioid agonist - is generally preferred unless you have a specific type of diarrhea which would be better treated with another specific agent. ...Read more

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Is psyllium husk a grain?

No: Psyllium is a seed and the seed and husk (outer shell) is used as a source of soluble fiber. It is not a grain. ...Read more

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Does psyllium husk absorb b12?

Does psyllium husk absorb b12?

Psyllium husks B12: It is possible if both taken at same time. Best to take B12 sub-lingually to get the best absorbtion. Can use drops or instant dissolve tablets under tongue. ...Read more

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How soon after diverticulitis attack can you take psyllium husk powder?

How soon after diverticulitis attack can you take psyllium husk powder?

I generally: Treat acute diverticulitis with 2 weeks of antibiotics and to stay on a no to low fiber diet for 6 weeks from diagnosis. I do not recommend starting psyllium before the 6 weeks have elapsed and you are symptom free as you risk a more severe recurrence during those 6 weeks with possible complication of perforation, abscess or fistula development, all of which are emergencies. ...Read more

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How long can I take psyllium husk?

How long can I take psyllium husk?

Psyllium husk.: Psyllium husk is safe to use in the long term as a fiber and nutrient supplement. My concern with it is more the fact that it's easy. Remember that men need no more than 50 grams of fiber daily - it's easy to start sprinkling a lot of that stuff on everything. I'd rather you get the majority of your fiber from your regular meals and add Psyllium husk to oatmeal, salads and smoothies for example ...Read more

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What does psyllium husks do for you?

What does psyllium husks do for you?

See below: It is a naturalsource of fiber, it bulks uo the stool. To hrlp with good bowel movement. Need to take it with adequate water. ...Read more

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Can you sprinkle psyllium husk on food?

Can you sprinkle psyllium husk on food?

You could...: But it will alter the texture of your food. ...Read more

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Where can I buy psyllium seed husks or powder?

Psyllium: Can be found in a number of products at drug and grocery stores. ...Read more

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How safe is organic whole husk psyllium? What’s the difference btn whole and powder form?

How safe is organic whole husk psyllium? What’s the difference btn whole and powder form?

Size of particle: An organic product is an unregulated food supplement. The difference between whole and powder form is how the product is compounded. Powder form is smaller granules. ...Read more

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How many mg. Of psyllium husk capsules to reduce cholesterol?

How many mg. Of psyllium husk capsules to reduce cholesterol?

A lot: In generally, psyllium husk is not a great supplement to help lower cholesterol. Based on an analysis of 8 large studies, it was noted that consumption of 10.2 g psyllium/d lowered serum total cholesterol by 4% and LDL cholesterol by 7%. No effect on the good cholesterol (HDL) was noted.
http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/10648260 ...Read more

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18 y/o girl. Is it okay to take 3-4 psyllium husk tablets daily to stay regular?

Added Fiber: That sure seems like too much. Remember in medicine that more is never better. This saying is repeatedly proven over and over in all kinds of scenarios when it comes to health care. One or two capsules followed by appropriate amounts of water is the recommended dosing. ...Read more

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Are there any concerns with prolonged daily use of psyllium seed husk for colon health?

Are there any concerns with prolonged daily use of psyllium seed husk for colon health?

No, It's good for yo: No in fact it is beneficial for health. It relieves the symptoms of constipation and hemorrhoids and it prevents against colon cancer. ...Read more

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I took biogesic 6am and 1pm. Now I want to try flanax. Is it safe. And also will have my regular psyllium husk. How safe?

I took biogesic 6am and 1pm. Now I want to try flanax. Is it safe. And also will have my regular psyllium husk. How safe?

Med question: Yes it would be ok to do so, provided there are no other reasons not to take flanax (allergy, high blood pressure, kidney disease, heart disease, high blood pressure med use). Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Is psyllium husks safe for functional dyspepsia?

Is psyllium husks safe for functional dyspepsia?

Probably safe: There is a dearth of high quality medical studies on psyllium in functional dyspepsia. That being said, psyllium is generally well tolerated by most people. The real question is whether psyllium is an effective treatment. In this area, more study needs to be done. ...Read more

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Can regular intake of psyllium husk lower cholesterol?

Can regular intake of psyllium husk lower cholesterol?

Yes it can: Although the amount of lowering is not that much. If your lipid levels are borderline, this can help, but if very high, you won't get a low enough value to avoid other therapies. ...Read more

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I have anal fissure at 6'O clock position. It doesn't bleed now nor does is it painful. Should I use psyllium husk prescribed to me.?

I have anal fissure at 6'O clock position. It doesn't bleed now nor does is it painful. Should I use psyllium husk prescribed to me.?

Yes most common site: Near tail bone site, yes use it eat high fibre diet and plenty of fluid, will take time to heal, don't be anxious will heal ...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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I accidentally took 2 tablespoons of psyllium powder instead of two teaspoons. I've had 2 days of bloating. Will it go away of its own accord?

I accidentally took 2 tablespoons of psyllium powder instead of two teaspoons. I've had 2 days of bloating. Will it go away of its own accord?

Yes: That is not unusual if a person ingests a lot more fiber than usual all at once. This is why when we advocate increasing fiber that we recommend that people start slowly and build it up. There is much less bloating and gas if you follow that schedule. When your stools are back to normal, start adding in a small amount of fiber each day, and then gradually build it up. Good luck. ...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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M28, psyllium husk (if taken after soaking in water for 8 hrs) would help internal hemorrhoids or hurt them? Thanks

M28, psyllium husk (if taken after soaking in water for 8 hrs) would help internal hemorrhoids or hurt them? Thanks

Psyllium will help: No need to soak psyllium for 8 hours. Just mix with glass of water and slug it down. Follow with another glass of water. Take enough psyllium that you are having a bowel movement each day, stool should be 10 inches long, and it should float. If you're not meeting those conditions, take more psyllium.

Magnesium (500-1000 mg/day) will also help your constipation, Blood Pressure and diabetes. ...Read more

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Psyllium husk powder (vitamin shoppe) safe during pregnancy? How many times in a day may I use this product? How many times a week?

Psyllium husk powder (vitamin shoppe) safe during pregnancy? How many times in a day may I use this product? How many times a week?

Yes, definitely: Psyllium powder is definitely safe in pregnancy. It is not absorbed by your body, but rather pulls water into the intestine. You could use the product every day, even twice a day. Another great medication that functions in he exact same way (but tastes better) is miralax, (polyethylene glycol) or generic equivalent. Same idea, not absorbed, can take 1-2 times a day. Remember to drink lots of water too! ...Read more

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I have a fever and headache right now. Can I take antipyretics while taking psyllium husks. I've been taking psylliums husks everyday for 2 months now?

I have a fever and headache right now. Can I take antipyretics while taking psyllium husks. I've been taking psylliums husks everyday for 2 months now?

Fighting a fever: Fever is part of the body's response to an infection or other "insult". Actually the body fights better when you have a fever although most doctors and nurses (especially) don't know that so they recommend paracetamol or other antipyretic. If you can "tough it out" it's better to have the fever- u will recover faster, but if uncomfortable u can take the medication to reduce fever. OK with psyllium ...Read more

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My 3 year old daughter has hard poo & it hurts when she passes it daily. Should I try flaxseed meal in her porridge or psyllium husk? Thanks.

My 3 year old daughter has hard poo & it hurts when she passes it daily. Should I try flaxseed meal in her porridge or psyllium husk? Thanks.

Can use: Increase fluid intake and try fruit and other high fiber foods first you can get liquid soft softnets but if you add too much flax etc you may cause had Increase fluids first and fresh fruit ...Read more

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I'm taking powdered slippery elm bark for my diverticulosis. I'm wondering if it has enough soluble fiber so that I don't need psyllium husk too?

I'm taking powdered slippery elm bark for my diverticulosis. I'm wondering if it has enough soluble fiber so that I don't need psyllium husk too?

Fiber?: The preparations of slippery elm bark powder I found are used for teas, and are calorie-free. With diverticulosis you need fiber - 50 grams daily for a man. Psyllium husk does give you some fiber; you can add it to fiber you get from other whole food sources. ...Read more

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Can long term consumption of psyllium husk help prevent colon cancer?

Can long term consumption of psyllium husk help prevent colon cancer?

The idea: Is appealing, in that it promotes regularity, and a theory of duration of carcinogens as cause of colorectal cancer makes sense. However, I do not know that there are objective, controlled data, i.E one group got it, the other group a placebo, and follow up for many years. ...Read more

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How safe is psyllium husks every morning and chamomile tea every night and lemon grass tea ever 2 or 3 days?

How safe is psyllium husks every morning and chamomile tea every night and lemon grass tea ever 2 or 3 days?

Safe but: The chamomile tea and lemon grass tea are safe-but when taking psyllium in any form remember it is used as a stool softener and can work as a laxative. ...Read more

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I use psyllium husk every morning 30mins b4 breakfast. Is it wiser to have it with apple cider vinegar instead of pure water?

I use psyllium husk every morning 30mins b4 breakfast. Is it wiser to have it with apple cider vinegar instead of pure water?

Fiber supplement: You should use you're fiber supplement with water. If you do not drink enough water, then the fiber will act as a binder and will cause constipation. I am not what the value of vinegar cider is other than increase the acidity of your body. ...Read more

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Which is better? Whole wheat flour or whole wheat+soya+gram+corn+oat+psyllium husk giving 15.6gm of protein? Any significant benefits? Or just hype? Guide

Which is better? Whole wheat flour or whole wheat+soya+gram+corn+oat+psyllium husk giving 15.6gm of protein? Any significant benefits? Or just hype? Guide

It would be helpful: ...to understand your goals of therapy in taking these products, before we can comment on which is better specifically for you, or in general. ...Read more