Citrucel powder vs pills

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halo52208
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   Posted 1/28/2012 5:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi All,
 
I am new to here. I have been recently diagnoised with UC. My doctor wants me to drink citrucel twice a day. I can't stand the stuff. I see they have a pill form of citrucel out, would that work as good?
 
I am currently taking Asacol 800mg three times a day.
 
I got sick last August and found out I had severe UC along with Gangrene in my colon. I had two sections of my colon removed and given an illiostomy bag for 12 weeks while healing. Then they went in to reconnect me and get rid of the bag. I do not miss the bag at all. Even though I am dealing with running to the bathroom alot.
 
I don't like the cost of the med but don't have a choice. As I've read on here, not taking it correctly can cause problems. Like today I have diahrrea and wonder if it's because I backed down on the asacol after finding out how much it cost me. I take immodium to help with that but look forward to finding out ways to deal with this on here.
 
I haven't put my bio on here yet, but will after this question.
 
Does anyone else have to take the citrucel? If so, how much and pill or powder?
 
I love this site and am very thankful for it.
 
Halo
47 yr old
Aug 2011 half of colon removed from gangrene.
Nov 2011 illiostomy takedown and diagnoised with UC
Put on Citrucel twice a day and Asacol 800 x 3 a day.
Have Fibromyalgia, Meniere's, UC and IBS
On to many other meds to list :)

Post Edited (halo52208) : 1/28/2012 4:43:18 PM (GMT-7)


imagardener2
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   Posted 1/29/2012 1:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Halo

Perhaps your doc feels you need the Citrucel in a more available form than the pill because you have less colon to work with. That seems reasonable but if you aren't using the liquid because you hate it that isn't good. You should call the office and ask if there is something else instead, maybe unflavored.

I take Citrucel pills and way back used the powder but don't like the other ingredients in the powder now. Maybe Metamucil makes an unflavored powder if Citrucel doesn't.

Pill quantity: I used to take 6 Cit. pills daily but now am down to 2/day and getting other fiber in food intake.
In remission April 2010 after 10 years of UC with no remission ever
Jan 2010 began SpecCarbDiet (modified to remove dairy, fruit & juices,)
Gluten-free=bleeding stopped in 3 days, 95% remission in 5.5 months on SCD
SCDiet: Gluten/grain-free, low starch, low carb, honey as sweetener
(9)Balsalazide+(6)Citrucel, mesalamine enema as needed
(1) VSL#3 nightly-adding fruit back in small quantity 2011

halo52208
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Date Joined Jan 2012
Total Posts : 236
   Posted 1/29/2012 5:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I was thinking the same thing about the powder working better than the pill. I can handel the powder but sometimes don't have time for it. I'll have to talk to the doc at my next appt to see what he thinks. Maybe I'll use the pills when I don't have time for the powder. Thanks for the advice.
47 yr old
Aug 2011 half of colon removed from gangrene.
Nov 2011 illiostomy takedown and diagnoised with UC
Put on Citrucel twice a day and Asacol 800 x 3 a day.
Have Fibromyalgia, Meniere's, UC and IBS
On to many other meds to list :)

ItsAlwaysSomething
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Date Joined Oct 2011
Total Posts : 1407
   Posted 1/29/2012 8:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Did your doctor say anything about taking probiotics?

I think I saw something on the Ostomies forum that said VSL#3 or another strong probiotic is used for those who have had surgery.

Probiotics replace the friendly bacteria in your colon that process food.
I've known people to take them to stop ordinary diarrhea.
Might be something to ask about.
Female, Pat
Diagnosed UC 2002, Colazal generic (balsalazide), Mesalamine and/or Colocort enemas as needed.
Benebiotic and S Boulardii probiotics, vitamins, slippery elm bark and starting LDN.
Working toward a more organic, gluten-free, lactose-free diet.
Planning trip to Las Vegas in June.
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