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Dr. Marc Kohli
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Methylcellulose (Definition)

Methylcellulose is a laxative which is a ...Read more


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Miralax (polyethylene glycol) side affects?

Miralax (polyethylene glycol) side affects?

Abdominal problems: Miralax (polyethylene glycol) dosed at 17 gm/day( a heaping tablespoon in 4-8 ounces of fluid) max 34gm/day. Some side effects are abdominal pain/bloating, diarrhea, cramping, gas, rash. High doses particularly in elderly can cause excessive diarrhea/ stool frequency which may result in dehydration. Stop use if fecal urgency/incontinence occurs. Do not use for more than 2 weeks except directed by physician. ...Read more

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How strong is Metamucil vs senokot (senna) laxative?

How strong is Metamucil vs senokot (senna) laxative?

Apple and orange: Metamucil is a fibre supplement and not a laxative. That is it does not have a specific bowel stimulating effect. Senokot (senna) is a bowel stimulant. It is a vegetable product and a good product to start with if constipated. ...Read more

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Which tastes better, magnesium citrate or golytely (polyethylene glycol)?

Which tastes better, magnesium citrate or golytely (polyethylene glycol)?

Depends: Which is better, chocolate ice cream or vanilla. Taste is very subjective. Most people will prefer the GoLytely (polyethylene glycol) initially but start to dislike it long before the gallon is gone. Magnesium citrate is worse intially but there is much less of it. Magnesium citrate also causes more cramping in most people. ...Read more

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Is sodium picosulphate stronger laxative then lactulose?

Is sodium picosulphate stronger laxative then lactulose?

Work differently,: However, i how found sodium picosulfate to be stronger. This can be used for colon cleansing prior to colonoscopy prep. Lactulose is an osmotic laxative and tends to cause more bloating and is not quite as effective as evacuating the colon. ...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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Is magnesium stearate a laxative?

Is magnesium stearate a laxative?

No: Magnesium stearate is an additive to meds/supplements used to ease/make cheaper their production (actually makes the supplement less effective b/c it decreases absorption of the nutrient in your intestines. Magnesium citrate is a laxative. ...Read more

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Stool softener= docusate sodium or docusate calcium?

Stool softener= docusate sodium or docusate calcium?

Either: Both work by causing small bowel to secrete fluid into gut. Increased fluid helps to sofeten hard stool; not a stimulant. ...Read more

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Miralax (polyethylene glycol) or ducolax, which is better?

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Is docusate sodium a laxative?

Is docusate sodium a laxative?

Docusate: Technically, colace (docusate sodium) is a stool softener. Docusate has been shown to be minimally effective. There are much better choices for maintaining an effective bowel regimen. ...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

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Are glycerin suppositories safer than senna laxatives?

Are glycerin suppositories safer than senna laxatives?

Senna - Glycerin: Both glycerin and senna laxatives are rather safe, but they do work in different ways. Senna is considered a stimulant laxative and glycerin is a lubricant. Depending on the cause of the constipation, glycerin is the "gentler" option. However, I have seen situations where both senna and glycerin suppositories were used together. ...Read more

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Colace (docusate sodium) or ducolax which is better?

Dulcolax: Dulcolax probably better in an acute situations with no bowel movements in few days. Colace (docusate sodium) is sometimes used on a daily basis for patients with a tendency to constipation and it takes longer for its effect. Given your age would suggest light exercise and good hydration along with a high fiber diet. ...Read more

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What is better Dulcolax or miralax (polyethylene glycol)?

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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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What is miralax (polyethylene glycol) used for?

Relieve constipation: It is a laxative, use to relieve constipation. It can be found over the counter. ...Read more

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What is Celevac (methylcellulose) tablets?

What is Celevac (methylcellulose) tablets?

Made from cellulose: Powder with multiple uses. It is in KY Jelly, can be used as a laxative, and is in some skin care products and as a thickener in cooking. See a great discussion here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Methyl_cellulose ...Read more

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What effect does methylcellulose have on liver?

What effect does methylcellulose have on liver?

None.: It is not absorbed, and hence the liver never sees it. In and out the colon. ...Read more

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What effect does methylcellulose have on the liver? Is it helpful?

What effect does methylcellulose have on the liver?  Is it helpful?

None.: It is not absorbed, and hence the liver never sees it. In and out the colon. ...Read more

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How much methylcellulose is in one dose of citrucel, and how much does an adult need daily?

How much methylcellulose is in one dose of citrucel, and how much does an adult need daily?

Read packet: I don't know. I recommend konsyl or metamucil (or generic for the latter). Plus or minus milk of mag. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me what methylcellulose tablets are used for?

Can anyone tell me what methylcellulose tablets are used  for?

Constipation: When eaten, methyl Cellulose is not absorbed by the intestines but passes through the digestive tract undisturbed. It attracts large amounts of water into the colon, producing a softer and bulkier stool. It is used to treat constipation, diverticulosis, hemorrhoids and irritable bowel syndrome. It should be taken with sufficient amounts of fluid to prevent dehydration. Because it absorbs water an. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me what methylcellulose tablets are needed for?

Can anyone tell me what methylcellulose tablets are needed for?

None.: It is not absorbed, and hence the liver never sees it. In and out the colon. ...Read more

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I have IBS. Is it safe to take methylcellulose everyday? If not, can you recommend a daily fiber supplement that is safe for chronic use?

I have IBS. Is it safe to take methylcellulose everyday? If not, can you recommend a daily fiber supplement that is safe for chronic use?

It is safe: It is safe to take methylcellulose for symptom management of IBS; fiber, of which methylcellulose is one kind, is generally effective for IBS symptoms. Another effective fiber supplement for IBS symptoms is psyllium. If you plan on taking any of these long-term (> 1 week -- and it sounds like you do!), keep your doctor in the loop and mention that you’re taking them the next time you see him/her. ...Read more

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Tobramycin and carbon-methylcellulose sodium lubricant are already given by the doctor for my red eyes. How long wil it take for this to be cured?

Tobramycin and carbon-methylcellulose sodium lubricant are already given by the doctor for my red eyes. How long wil it take for this to be cured?

Lubricating drops : Stop the tobramycin, this can make the eyes even more irritated if used too much. Continue use of the other drop, carboxy-methyl cellulose, this is a lubricating eye drop. ...Read more

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Citrucel, how often should you use this?

Citrucel, how often should you use this?

What'd U want it 2do: Fiber, of both water soluble and water insoluble variety, provides health benefits. Fiber accelerates how quickly food transits through the gut. Fiber adds bulk to stool and improves bowel regularity. Fiber can be used as an adjunct to weight loss by filling you up without excess calories, and in so doing restricting fat intake. But too much fiber can make you gassy and increase stool volume. ...Read more

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So if no effect should I used a second product such as citrucel?

So if no effect should I used a second product such as citrucel?

Sorry we don't track: ...you're answers! HealthTap providers offer general responses to questions, not necessarily address individual concerns. If you prefer, you can have a private dialogue with a physician through HealthTap Prime. That being said, what was the first product you used that you found unsatisfactory, and what condition/symptoms are you trying to treat here? ...Read more

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Which is better, benifiber or citrucel?

Which is better, benifiber or citrucel?

Water soluble fiber: Both benefiber and citrucel are water-soluble fibers that are equally well tolerated and effective. Choose your favorite based on price, tolerance, taste, availability, and/or your doctor's preference (if he has one ask him why). Read also some great healthtap responses on the overall benefits of fiber supplementation. ...Read more

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Is citrucel acid or alkaline?

Is citrucel acid or alkaline?

Citrucel: Citrucel, an over-the-counter laxative consisting mostly of methyl cellulose, in suspension has a pH of approximately 4, making it acidic. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use citrucel daily?

Is it safe to use citrucel daily?

Yes: It is absolutely safe. It is just natural fiber, and it is good for your bowels. If you do this, be sure to drink lots of liquids with it also. It is a good thing to do. Go for it. ...Read more

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What is the difference between citrucel & metamucil?

What is the difference between citrucel & metamucil?

Fiber: Citrucel is methylcellullose. Metamucil is psyllium. These are 2 types of fiber. Is one better than the other? I think citrucel tastes slightly better than metamucil, but that is a personal opinion. ...Read more

Dr. Ira Friedlander
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Laxative (Definition)

Laxatives are a ...Read more