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Old 08-03-2003, 01:53 PM   #1
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well i bought some Metamucil capsules today......i was going to start taking them in hope to get me regular.....the med Effexor i just strated i think is making me constipated.....i have been having "rabbit pellet" syndrome the past couple of days......i am just afraid the metmucil will make me go more than i am now....i am already going 2 or 3 times......but it is all pellet like.....i take accidophlius already...would the Metamucil help...?


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Old 08-03-2003, 05:23 PM   #2
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Usually pellet type stools mean you're not drinking enough water. But, it could be the medication??? Metamucil is a bulk forming agent, it's safe but drink enough when you take it because it absorbs fluid.


Old 08-03-2003, 07:18 PM   #3
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i try to drink at least 6 glasses of water a day....i am just afraid that the Effexor is making my stomach worse...i know constipation is a side effect....


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Metamucil tastes awful and often doesn't get the job done right.
Consider Kelloggs Bran Buds or the flake variety but only this brand. It has the correct ratio 4:1 of soluble to insolube fiber. Since I am lactose intolerant I boiled a few ounces of water and pour it over the bran buds to soften them for a few minutes.
I eat a bowlful every morning, and the stool is fine.
This is such good cereal for the stabilization of your stool, that when I get a stomach virus with resulting diarrhea, I can eat an extra bowl later in the day or night and it will take care of it. It's works better than Imodium(haven't used that in years) for me.

I usually eat about 4-6 ozs.(dry) each morning, but you can play with the amount to see what works for you.
Best wishes, Toree

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