Harris points out that GSK offers the most products to address the myriad digestive health needs--Benefiber, Turns, Alii, Prevacid, Citrucel
, Ex-Lax, Gaviscon and Gas-X.
Ayers recommends an OTC fiber supplement such as Citrucel
, Benefiber or Metamucil.
These include taking an oral stool softener like docusate sodium (Colace) and a daily fiber supplement like Metamucil, Konsyl, Citrucel
or Fibercon; eating high-fiber foods like dried and fresh fruits, vegetables, bran and other whole grains; and drinking two or more quarts of water a day.
As a rule, bulk-forming laxatives (also known as fiber supplements) are the gentlest on your body; examples include Metamucil and Citrucel
Benefiber (wheat dextrin) and Hydrocil (psyllium) contain mostly soluble fiber, while Citrucel
contains in-soluble fiber (methylcellulose).
If you're not getting enough fiber from food, there are several dietary supplements (Metamucil, Citrucel
, Benefiber) that can boost your fiber intake.
If you're looking for a middle-of-the-road option, Citrucel
might work well for you.
Bulk formers (like Citrucel
, Fiberall, FiberCon, Konsyl, Metamucil, and Serutan) absorb water in the intestine and make the stool softer and bulkier.
If you can't get enough dietary fiber, try an over-the-counter bulking agent like Citrucel
, Metamucil, Perdiem, Fibercon or a comparable store brand.
This can be done by increasing fruit, vegetable, and whole grain intake, with fiber supplements like Citrucel
and Metamucil, or with a special fiber--fortified juice product.
If you don't get enough roughage in your diet, or if you're constipated or have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), you may be taking a bulking agent like Metamucil, Citrucel
, or Fiber-Con to make your stools larger and softer.
If you have difficulty consuming enough fiber, try Citrucel