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Metamucil
Alternatives

(Psyllium)

Metamucil (Psyllium)

Over-the-counter

Dulcolax (Bisacodyl)

Over-the-counter
1 of 7 alternatives
Helps get things moving.

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.

Treats constipation.

Dulcolax (Bisacodyl) works fast and the suppositories work even faster to relieve your constipation, as long as you're okay with it "cramping" your style a bit.

Upsides
  • 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.
  • Most people said it was worth taking and it wasn't too much of a hassle.
  • Tablets give overnight relief of your constipation.
  • Dulcolax can also be used to treat constipation caused by spinal cord injury.
  • Suppositories give you quick relief without having to drink a large amount of liquid medicine.
Downsides
  • 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.
  • Dulcolax can cause cramping, stomach upset, feeling faint, and the feeling that you "have to go right now".
  • You have to be comfortable with putting the medicine in your rectum.
  • Suppositories can cause slight rectal burning.
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Suppository
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Reviews
454 
71%
think this treatment is worth it
45%
think this treatment works well
10%
think this treatment is a hassle

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160 
65%
think this treatment is worth it
49%
think this treatment works well
16%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
The Metamucil (Psyllium) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Dulcolax (Bisacodyl) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and warnings
  • Bowel blockage

    Age 60 or older

    ...and 3 more risk factors

  • Serious allergic reaction

    Sensitivity to psyllium

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  • Bowel blockage

    Age 60 or older

    ...and 3 more risk factors

  • Laxative dependence

    Age 60 or greater

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Risk to fetus

    Women of childbearing age

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