Generic Name: BULK-FORMING LAXATIVES - ORAL Metamucil Oral Uses
This medication is used to treat constipation. It
increases the bulk in your stool, an effect that helps to cause movement of the
intestines. It also works by increasing the amount of water in the stool,
making the stool softer and easier to pass.
Psyllium, one type of bulk-forming laxative, has also been
used along with a proper diet to treat high cholesterol.
How To Use Metamucil Oral
Take this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor.
If you are self-treating, follow all directions on the product package. If you
are uncertain about any of the information, ask your doctor or pharmacist. To
prevent choking from this medication, take it with a full glass of water or
other liquid (8 ounces/240 milliliters). If you are taking the wafers, chew
them thoroughly before swallowing.
For powder forms of this medication, measure each dose
according to the directions o...
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