Metamucil also known as psyllium is a bulk-forming fibre laxitive. It works through taking liquid from the intestine and using it to create a softer stool, which can be easily passed. Although it has other purposes, its most common use is a treatment for constipation or irregular bowel movements. It is also though to lower cholesterol when used along side a low cholesterol and saturated fat diet.
Laxatives including Metamucil should never be used for a prolonged period of time. Over use can cause damage to the nerves of the intestine and muscle tissue. Always follow the dosage guidelines on included or recommended to you by your doctor. Also ask advice from your doctor before hand, if you have any rectal bleeding, intestinal blockage or a colostomy. If you experience any trouble swallowing, stomach pain, nausea or vomiting whilst using Metamucil stop immediately and contact your doctor. Other Metamucil side effects can include prolonged constipation, rectal bleeding and itchy skin rash. Unless otherwise advised by your doctor, don’t use the medication for more than 7 consecutive days. Some products may contain sugar or sweeteners so anyone with diabetes or high blood pressure should seek additional advise. The affects of Metamucil on pregnant women are unknown but it is not advised for breast-feeding women to take it.
Metamucil side effect can occur in some in the form of an allergic reaction. Signs of an allergy include difficulty breathing, hives and swelling in the face, tongue, lips or throat. Stop taking the medicine immediately if you notice any of these side effects. Less serious Metamucil side effects include bloating and minor changes to bowel habits. Your doctor can explain other potential Metamucil side effects to you.
There are certain medications that should be avoided in order to reduce the risk of suffering from Metamucil side effects. Blood thinners such as warfarin and others including demeclocycline and doxycycline should be avoided but once again your doctor can provide a full and comprehensive list of things to avoid. Metamucil can also make other medications less effective by making it harder for your body to absorb them. Try not to take other oral medicines within two hours before or after taking Metamucil or any other bulk-forming laxatives. Whilst mixing the powder avoid breathing any in as this is more likely to cause allergic reactions and induce Metamucil side effects.
For those people taking it to reduce cholesterol levels, make sure to additionally stick to a low cholesterol diet, as it will be most effective when used in conjunction.
If using the powder form, make sure to mix it with plenty of water and never attempt to ingest the powder dry. Drink the mixture immediately after making it and drink the entire dosage. If you are taking a psyllium wafer, chew it thoroughly before swallowing. It can take up to 3 days before the medicine starts to have an effect but if the symptoms are not improving after that length of time, then inform your doctor.