TABLE 3 aTherapeutic options for the management of constipation Type Example Dose Lifestyle Increase liquids Mineral water 2 liters/day in diet (17) Increase fiber Dietary fiber 25 g/day in diet (17) Moderate Unspecified Unspecified physical activity Eliminate excessive -- -- use of laxatives Bulk Wheat bran (18) -- 20 g/day Psyllium (19) Metamucil 7 g/day Methylcellulose (20) Citrucel
4-6 g/day Calcium FiberCon 4-6 g/day polycarbophil (21) Saline (13,14) Magnesium citrate Citroma 200 mL/day Magnesium Milk of 2.
Examples of these agents are Citrucel
, FiberCon, and Metamucil[R].
We have used supplemental fibers such as Citrucel
[R] and Metamucil [R] with success, although flavor and texture can be an issue.
Lakeside Pharmaceutical introduced a regular flavor of Citrucel
, which contains only a hint of citrus.
She points out that GSK has the most products to take care of multiple digestive health needs --eight in total (Benefiber, Turns, Alii, Prevacid, Citrucel
, Ex-Lax, Gaviscon and Gas-X).
Eat plenty of high-fiber foods, such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains, drink plenty of fluids, and consider over-the-counter fiber supplements such as Metamucil and Citrucel
is an example of a product that contains insoluble fiber (methylcellulose).
Ask your doctor if you should be taking a fiber supplement like Metamucil or Citrucel
A fiber product such as Metamucil, Citrucel
, or psyllium may help as well.
BULK-FORMERS (like Metamucil, Citrucel
, Konsyl, and Serutan) absorb water in the intestine and make the stool softer.
Bulk-forming agents are also frequently used such as Metamucil and Citrucel