Citrucel and Calicum causing constipation

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   Posted 4/7/2008 9:02 PM (GMT -6)   
I have IBS -Constipation and I have been taking Citrucel Fiber Smoothie for years with good results.  It does not contain any calcium.  I ran out the other day so I ran to the pharmacy to pick some up.  To my surprise I found out the company discontinued that particular product and only offers the regular citrucel which is almost ideal except it contains 85 mg of dibastic calcium phosphate per scoup.  I take 6 scoups a day which would be 510 mg of calcium.  The next day after taking the new citrucel that has calcium in it as a secondary ingredient I had complete constipation.  The next day (today) I woke up with severe back pain and gas.  It seemed as though the gas was trapped.  Shortly after waking, I did have a small bowel movement and continued to have gas all day.  I had another small bowel movement with problems in the evening.    I am taking Amitiza and it has been working great and I had no problems up until the switch of the citrucel.  The pharmacits are saying that the amt of calcium should not cause constipation.    I am suspecting that it could be that but I am not sure.   What are your thoughts?

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   Posted 4/8/2008 2:54 AM (GMT -6)   

I think you probably know your body best and if the former product was working and this one is not, you have likely targeted the reason.  If I even WALK BY a calcium supplement, I will get C.  Everyone is different and the amount in this new product may be enough to cause you trouble.

You might consider doing a search for another fiber product that has the same ingredients as the one that was discontinued.  Most of them list their contents online and you could probably compare until you find something similar. 

Good luck!

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   Posted 4/8/2008 9:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Not all types of calcium are the same, but you are right to suspect it. I take Caltrate 600 (which I think is calcium carbonate) to help stop diarrhea.

If the only thing you changed was your fiber, then I don't see why you should not suspect that the new product is the root of your problems. Your body may adjust to it in a week or two and the problem won't be so bad--or not be a problem at all--but only you know if you can stand to try it out that long.

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   Posted 4/8/2008 3:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your replies.  I have decided to up my magnesium and reduce the citrucel by one scoup and as of today I seem to be ok.  I am not sure if it is the calcium or perhaps my body was reacting to another issue.  I am going to monitor it over a few days.

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   Posted 4/9/2008 3:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Let us know how it goes, jimmy!

Gutastrophe - I freakin' laughed out loud, literally, when I read your comment about getting constipated if you even walk by a calcium supplement.
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