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Treester
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   Posted 6/23/2008 10:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Does anyone take Fibercon pills?
 
My doctor recommends them for bulking purposes, but I'm a little perturbed by the "choking" warning on the back.  I was too scared to buy them.  How big and chalky are they really?
 
I don't generally have trouble with pills, but then again, I've never seen a warning like that on anything I take.
 
Thanks.

TDMK
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   Posted 6/23/2008 3:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I took them for two months or so but switched recently. They are on the large side, but I take them with a ton of water and I am fine. I have never had one get stuck or even close to chocking. Just make sure you drink a large glass of water with it. The choking warning surprised me also at first.
 
 

7Lil
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   Posted 6/23/2008 9:37 PM (GMT -7)   
The few fiber pills I've seen (Metamucil & Citrucel) all have choking warnings on the bottle. Probably because some people are so used to popping pills with no water that if they did that with fiber, the pill would most likely get stuck. If that happened, the pill could expand and suffocate someone.
But really, if you drink it with plenty of liquid, there isn't much danger.
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   Posted 6/24/2008 12:31 PM (GMT -7)   
My GI told me to take fibre supplements daily for the rest of my life, this was 5 yrs ago now and the best advice I've ever gotten from a doc...I use Prodiem which is similar to metamucil, you have to drink plenty of water with any fibre supplement pills in order to ensure it doesn't get stuck in the esophagus and swells.

Taking fibre supplements has helped incredibly with both my IBS and crohn's disease.

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   Posted 6/24/2008 6:53 PM (GMT -7)   
I tried Fibercon for a year or more. Long ago. A relative with IBS swore by it. It didn't seem to help me much but she had relief from taking it. It's an individual thing I think, it may help some, while others benefit from added fruit/produce, bran cereal or others benefit from Metamucil.

Just give it a try and keep a log/food journal to see if it does help you. Record how much you take each day.

I prefer a pediatric dose of Colace myself. It took me years to trust my GYN's advice (I had trusted my colon doc's first and foremost). My GYN kept saying all I needed was a mild stool softener, not to add bulk to my diet. So eventually I gave it a try. I take 50 mg each evening after dinner. Even though the box/label says "laxative" it's very-very mild.

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Treester
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   Posted 6/25/2008 5:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks guys. I'm home alone all day with my 3 yo, so I'm already terrified of choking as it is. I'm still a little scared to try them, but maybe I'll start over the weekend while my husband is home.

Marsky, I'd be taking the fiber for bulking up my D, not to help me go. Colace was great after I had my son, but I can't imagine things getting any softer right now! LOL.

pb4
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   Posted 6/25/2008 9:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Fibre aids with C and D...and don't be scared, you'd have to drink virtually no water and just swallow it dry in order for it to be a real risk, but drinking plenty of water (which you're suppose to do) aids in getting it all the way down and water is excellent for flushing the system of toxins and one should drink plenty of it everyday.

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