Helps get things moving.
Our pharmacists’ bottom line
The natural psyllium fiber in Metamucil (Psyllium) does more than relieve constipation. It lowers cholesterol, keeps blood sugar levels healthy, and makes you feel less hungry between meals.
- Psyllium is the most recommended brand of natural fiber laxative
- Some people feel that taking Psyllium is a hassle, but most think it's worth it.
- It has multiple health benefits, good to control your hunger between meals, improves your blood sugar and lowers cholesterol levels.
- Studies show it works better than a stool softener for constipation.
- You may have to take Psyllium daily for 1-3 days to see full effects.
- If you don't take it with enough liquid, it could swell, block your throat and cause choking.
- Not the best choice for people who have swallowing problems or aren't able to drink lots of liquids.
- Psyllium contains psyllium. Don't take if you have an allergy to psyllium from breathing it in or swallowing it.
- Can cause gas and mild belly cramps.
Side effects for Metamucil (Psyllium)
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- Psyllium works in about 12-72 hours for constipation.
- It's important to take each dose with at least 8 ounces (a full glass) of water or other liquid (not hot liquids).
- Mix powder well and drink right away up to 3 times a day (build up to this slowly), but not for more than one week.
- Don't take Psyllium within 2 hours before or after taking other medicines. It may interact and affect how they work.
- If you take Psyllium then have chest pain, vomiting, trouble breathing or swallowing, get medical help immediately.
- Ask your doctor before taking Psyllium if you have stomach pain, nausea, vomiting or had sudden changes in your stool for more than 2 weeks.
- Ask your doctor about giving Psyllium to anyone younger than 12 years.
- Stop taking Psyllium and call your doctor if you have pain, swelling or bulging in your belly, rectal bleeding or have not had a bowel movement after taking.
- Talk to you doctor about eating certain foods and getting more exercise to help prevent your constipation.
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- Higher risk if:
- › Age 60 or older
- › Malignancy
- › Other condition that causes blockage or narrowing of bowel
- › Taking medications that cause constipation
Stop taking Metamucil (Psyllium) and call your doctor right away if you have nausea, vomiting, pain or bulging in your belly that doesn't go away, have rectal bleeding, and no bowel movement after taking. These may be symptoms of a bowel blockage (bowel obstruction) which is serious.
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- Upsides and downsides from our pharmacists
- › It has multiple health benefits, good to control your hunger between meals, improves your blood sugar and lowers cholesterol levels.
- Tips from our pharmacists
- › Talk to you doctor about eating certain foods and getting more exercise to help prevent your constipation.