Citrucel is a bulk fibre laxative. It is mostly available in the US and helps to restore and maintain regularity.
It is also used in the treatment of constipation that is associated with other bowel disorders.
It is made from methylcellulose. Methylcellulose is a plant fibre that does not ferment in the digestive system. As a result, it produces less gas than other treatments.
Methylcellulose is less likely to produce intestinal gases than Metamucil (psyllium). Methylcellulose is non-allergenic and 100% soluble.
Citrucel is gluten free. It is important to take enough water with it and other fibre supplements.
It can be taken over a long period with no ill effects.
It normally comes in the form of orange flavoured powder. This is mixed into water and drunk.
There is also a clear-mix unflavoured variety. It can be mixed into most cold drinks, and is sugar free.
The sugar free variety contains Aspartame. Aspartame is an artificial sweetener that may cause some problems for very sensitive IBS sufferers.
This product is also available in caplets. These can be swallowed with water.
The Fibre contained in products such as Citrucel is important for good health. It reduces the occurrence of constipation by adding bulk to the diet.
In addition, it restores and maintains regularity and can treat common symptoms of serious gastro intestinal conditions.
It also helps reduce the risk of heart disease and colon cancer.
Likely methylcellulose side effects include;