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Is citrucel or any other fiber supplement connected to weight gain?

Is citrucel or any other fiber supplement connected to weight gain?

No: Fiber supplements are not digested - that's what makes them fiber. They just sit in your intestines and attract water, helping to soften stools and make bowels regular. Since not digested, no calories or weight gain. Some may contain other ingredients to make them more palatalbe and tasty (i love the fiber brownies!) - then these do indeed have calories. Read container and see if lists calories. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Seibert
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What causes intestinal bloating? Looks like I am pregnant. Could lose 10lbs, but not really overweight. More fiber? Metamucil or citrucel?

What causes intestinal bloating? Looks like I am pregnant. Could lose 10lbs, but not really overweight. More fiber? Metamucil or citrucel?

Healthy diet: Try eating a healthy diet before resorting to medication. Plenty of fruits and vegetables, lean meat, and plenty of water. Stay away from all sweets, processed food, soft drinks, and fast food. After several days your digestive system should straighten out. If not check with your physician. ...Read more

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What are some of the precautions when taking Metamucil and citrucel?

What are some of the precautions when taking Metamucil and citrucel?

Drink Plenty of H2O: Fiber acts like a sponge in the intestinal tract, providing "bulk" to help treat constipation. It is not a medicine--nothing is absorbed into your system. Like any sponge, it requires liquid to become effective--otherwise, it can actually cause constipation. Make an active effort to drink 64 ounces of water a day. ...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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How much fiber can citrucel tablets contain?

How much fiber can citrucel tablets contain?

Small: Most people need between 25-30 grams a day. If you tend to be constipated then you need more. A "usual" dose from a supplement such as citucel, whether tablet or powder form, have between 4-6 grams. So someone can not get there full daily requirement from them. You must change your diet and drink your water everyday. ...Read more

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How may times a day should I take citrucel for constipation?

How may times a day should I take citrucel for constipation?

Once: Usually once a day is sufficient. Like a lot of things it depends and you may have to titrate what is needed for your system. ...Read more

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Which is the most effective product of the following: benefiber, metamucil, or citrucel?

Which is the most effective product of the following: benefiber, metamucil, or citrucel?

All effective: Theses are just supplements. All are effective but I caution that while taking benefiber you have to make sure you drink lots of water with it. But these just supplement your diet. Most people need 25-30 grams a day and it is impossible to get this just from these products. You still have to change your diet and get it there. Consult with your physician for more info. ...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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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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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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What's more effective citrucel or metamucil?

Both equally: Metamucil contains psyllium which could make someone more gassy. ...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

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What is the definition or description of: Citrucel allergy?

What is the definition or description of: Citrucel allergy?

Severe allergic rxts: ...include: rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); chest pain; difficulty swallowing; nausea; rectal bleeding; stomach pain; vomiting. Ref: https://www. Drugs. Com/sfx/citrucel-side-effects. Html ...Read more

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Should I increase the dose of citrucel to twice a day for constipation? Winding myself out of merilax and want to stay regular.

Should I increase the dose of citrucel to twice a day for constipation? Winding myself out of merilax and want to stay regular.

Not really: I would not use any more bulk laxative than the directions indicate. More is not necessarily better. I suggest good hydration, a balanced diet, and physical activity. Regularity varies from person to person, so don't think you must have a movement every day. Good luck. ...Read more

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Which is more effective for ibs-d: Metamucil or citrucel?

About the same: Both are soluble fibers and will soak up liquids. Metamucil is ferment able so make cause more bloating than citrucel. Start slowly ; work your way up. ...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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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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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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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?

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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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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I Had diverticulitis episode 3 weeks ago. Last night started feeling discomfort in my lower tummy. Could it be from citrucel? Been takin it for a week

I Had diverticulitis episode 3 weeks ago. Last night started feeling discomfort in my lower tummy. Could it be from citrucel? Been takin it for a week

Citrucel: Citrucel is not absorbed by the gut and thus acts by adding "bulk" to the stool. This can certainly cause symptoms such as bloating as the the gut adjusts. It is not generally recommended in situations of suspected bowel obstruction because pressure from bulk can build up rapidly and diverticulitis can recur. Would be ok if you are having bowel movements and no other sign of (see comment).. ...Read more

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Which probiotics are good to take after a bout of diverticulitis? I'm also taking citrucel everyday. I bought colon health from bayer (aspirin).

Which probiotics are good to take after a bout of diverticulitis? I'm also taking citrucel everyday. I bought colon health from bayer (aspirin).

Best: Probiotics that I use regularly with my patients are Florastor or align both over the counter and available virtually everywhere. ...Read more

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After longconstipation/blockage colonoscopy, taking Citrucel but still bloated, sore stomach. What should my doc check next? Is this damage that can heal?

Gut flora needs: To be balanced. Consider seeing a nutritionist and taking a Probiotic. (Dr. Ohira brand is a good one.) Stick w/your doc so any medical conditions can be identified or ruled out. Possible food sensitivity. Great Plains Laboratory in KS has a good lab test for that. Peace and good health. ...Read more

Dr. Marc Kohli
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Methylcellulose (Definition)

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Citrucel (Definition)

Citrucel is a laxative which is a ...Read more