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Metamucil and Constipation

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author image Jessica Bruso
Based in Massachusetts, Jessica Bruso has been writing since 2008. She holds a master of science degree in food policy and applied nutrition and a bachelor of arts degree in international relations, both from Tufts University.
Metamucil and Constipation
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If you haven't had a bowel movement in three days, you could be suffering from constipation. Constipation is sometimes treated with laxatives, but usually only on a short-term basis. Metamucil falls into the category of bulk-forming laxatives, which are safe to use for a longer period than some other types of laxatives, such as stimulant laxatives, as long as you take them with plenty of water.

Effects of Soluble Fiber

Metamucil may be able to treat your constipation in as little as 12 hours, but it can have side effects that include bloating and abdominal pain, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Psyllium, the main ingredient in metamucil, is a type of soluble fiber that absorbs liquid and swells, which makes your stools both larger and softer. This helps make your stools easier to pass. Limit your psyllium use to no more than seven days to reduce the risk of it becoming habit-forming, recommends Drugs.com, and take each dose with a full glass of water to help prevent choking.

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