Metamucil Fiber Supplement Powder

Generic Name: Psyllium husk

  • What is this medication?

    Metamucil contains a fiber laxative. It is intended as a daily fiber supplement. It is also intended to lower cholesterol to promote heart health, to promote digestive health, and to treat occasional constipation and restore regularity.
  • Are there any warnings associated with Metamucil Fiber Supplement Powder?

    Taking this product without adequate fluid may cause it to swell and block your throat or esophagus and may cause choking. Do not take this product if you have difficulty swallowing.

    If you experience chest pain, vomiting, or difficulty swallowing or breathing after using this product, seek immediate medical attention.

    This product may cause an allergic reaction in people sensitive to inhaled or ingested psyllium.

    Stop using this product and talk to a doctor if you have constipation that lasts more than 7 days or if rectal bleeding occurs. These may be signs of a serious condition.

    Keep this product out of the reach of children. In case of an overdose, get medical help or contact a poison control center immediately.

    If you are taking a prescription medication by mouth, take this product at least 2 hours before or after the prescribed medicine.

  • Should I talk to my doctor before taking Metamucil Fiber Supplement Powder?

    Talk to a doctor before using this product if you have a sudden change in bowel habits that persists for 2 weeks, or abdominal pain, nausea, or vomiting.
  • What are the possible side effects of Metamucil Fiber Supplement Powder?

    Taking this product without adequate fluid may cause it to swell and block your throat or esophagus, and may cause choking.

    This product may cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to inhaled or ingested psyllium.

    You may experience changes in bowel habits or minor bloating while your body adjusts to the increased fiber.

    Side effects cannot always be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

  • What should I avoid while taking Metamucil Fiber Supplement Powder?

    Do not take this product if you have difficulty swallowing.
  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Metamucil Fiber Supplement Powder?

    If you are taking a prescription medication by mouth, take this product at least 2 hours before or after the prescribed medicine.

    If Metamucil is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Always check with your doctor before combining Metamucil with any other medication.

  • What is the usual dosage of Metamucil Fiber Supplement Powder?

    New users should start with 1 dose daily, and gradually increase to 3 doses daily if needed.

    To Use as a Daily Fiber Supplement and to Lower Cholesterol:

    Adults and children 12 years: For Orange Smooth and Orange Coarse, take 1 rounded tablespoon in 8 ounces of liquid 3 times daily.

    For Sugar Free Orange Smooth, Sugar Free Pink Lemonade Smooth, Sugar Free Berry Smooth, Sugar Free Original Smooth, and Original Coarse, take 1 rounded teaspoon in 8 ounces of liquid 3 times daily.

    Children <12 years: Consult a doctor.

    For Treating Constipation or Irregularity:

    Adults and children 12 years: For Orange Smooth and Orange Coarse, take 1 rounded tablespoon in 8 ounces of liquid at the first sign of irregularity. You can take this amount up to 3 times daily. Stir briskly and drink promptly. Add more liquid and stir if the mixture thickens.

    For Sugar Free Orange Smooth, Sugar Free Pink Lemonade Smooth, Sugar Free Berry Smooth, Sugar Free Original Smooth, and Original Coarse, take 1 rounded teaspoon in 8 ounces of liquid 3 times daily. Stir briskly and drink promptly. Add more liquid and stir if the mixture thickens.

    Children 6-11 years: Take half the adult dose in 8 ounces of liquid, up to 3 times daily. Stir briskly and drink promptly. Add more liquid and stir if the mixture thickens.

    Children <6 years: Consult a doctor

  • How should I store Metamucil Fiber Supplement Powder?

    Store at room temperature, with the container tightly closed to protect from humidity.