Metamucil Capsules vs Powder

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Serenity Now
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   Posted 12/7/2009 12:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I take Metamucil in the powder form, but I am going on a trip to England at the end of this month and I thought it would be more convenient to use the capsules while travelling.
 
I see on the bottle it says to take 5 capsules up to 3 times daily.  I know there are people on this board who use the capsules - is that how many you take?  I currently take 1 tablespoon (not teaspoon) of the powder in the morning and 1 tablespoon in the evening.  What would the equivalent be in capsule form?
ack, 43, Vancouver BC
 
DX: UC (Pancolitis) as of Jan2009.  Symptoms first began June 2008.  Currently in remission.
Current Meds: Ferrous Sulfate, plus various supplements
Previous Meds: Jan-Mar 2009: Asacol 800 mg (1 pill x 4 daily), stopped Mar14/09. 


Eva Lou
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   Posted 12/7/2009 1:45 PM (GMT -6)   
neither- I eat the fiber wafers, one package a day. It's 2 cookies per package- I have them for brkfast. I can't deal with swallowing even more pills!

diagnosed with UC '02
meds-
Asacol- 8 tabs/day
Remicade-10mgs/kg- since 4/07
Imuran- 150mgs/day
various probiotics
Fiber supplement
 
 
 


Serenity Now
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   Posted 12/7/2009 2:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I hear you! My eyes nearly jumped out of my head when I read "5 capsules up to 3 times a day". Egads!
ack, 43, Vancouver BC
 
DX: UC (Pancolitis) as of Jan2009.  Symptoms first began June 2008.  Currently in remission.
Current Meds: Ferrous Sulfate, plus various supplements
Previous Meds: Jan-Mar 2009: Asacol 800 mg (1 pill x 4 daily), stopped Mar14/09. 


quincy
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   Posted 12/7/2009 2:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I guess it's all a matter of perspective. Taking the capsules is no biggie, eating something that tastes crappy like the wafers is gross...plus they use oat hull, not psyllium. Oats give me more gas, and I'd rather eat it in a dessert once in a while than taking it with every meal.

I'll stick to the capsules.

q

Serenity Now
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   Posted 12/7/2009 2:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh I never even found the wafers, let alone tried them, so I didn't realize they were made from oat hull or that they tasted lousy! Okay well that's good to know.

So how many capsules do you take in a day and how many times a day?
ack, 43, Vancouver BC
 
DX: UC (Pancolitis) as of Jan2009.  Symptoms first began June 2008.  Currently in remission.
Current Meds: Ferrous Sulfate, plus various supplements
Previous Meds: Jan-Mar 2009: Asacol 800 mg (1 pill x 4 daily), stopped Mar14/09. 


quincy
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   Posted 12/7/2009 3:04 PM (GMT -6)   
You might like the taste of them, that's purely subjective.

Each capsule contains 525 mg fibre. You'll have to do the math using the one you have and how often you take it.

I take 5 capsules twice a day with meals. That works out to 10 capsules daily or 5250 mg daily.

q

Eva Lou
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   Posted 12/7/2009 3:33 PM (GMT -6)   
actually quincy, the wafers have psyllium husk as their primary active ingredient. The taste is subjective- they're a little gummy, but they don't "taste" bad. I find them to be an easy way to get fiber, as opposed to taking more pills. But, to each his own. or her own.
diagnosed with UC '02
meds-
Asacol- 8 tabs/day
Remicade-10mgs/kg- since 4/07
Imuran- 150mgs/day
various probiotics
Fiber supplement
 
 
 


Serenity Now
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   Posted 12/7/2009 3:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Okay thanks!
ack, 43, Vancouver BC
 
DX: UC (Pancolitis) as of Jan2009.  Symptoms first began June 2008.  Currently in remission.
Current Meds: Ferrous Sulfate, plus various supplements
Previous Meds: Jan-Mar 2009: Asacol 800 mg (1 pill x 4 daily), stopped Mar14/09. 


Rio in Maryland
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   Posted 12/7/2009 5:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I tried the wafers and didn't mind the taste (I tried the cinammon flavor) but the capsules seem to work better for me. I take 5 capsules with lunch/dinner.
Rio, 33 year old male. Diagnosed with UC in 2006
Azathioprine (stopped), 4800 mg Asacol
VSL#3 probiotics, Metamucil
Vitamin E enema or Canasa/Mesacol suppository occasionally


calm-on-the-outside
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   Posted 12/7/2009 6:05 PM (GMT -6)   
This is interesting b/c I started out with the wafers as that was all I could find at the tiny store I was at. I don't mind them actually and I hate to take even more pills.

I believe the wafers are psyllium husk...it's listed on there as the active ingredient.
*Amy, 33, dx with idiopathic colitis July 2009, confirmed UC Sept 2009


Asacol 2 pills 3 times daily
Rowasa as of 10/20/09, starting taper 11/18
Probiotic: Ultimate Flora Critical Care
Metamucil


quincy
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   Posted 12/8/2009 12:54 AM (GMT -6)   
I reread the info on the site......whew, thanks for the clarification.

it's the "inactive ingredients list" that I read. d'oh!


Definitely good amount of fibre.


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