I take three heaping tablespoonfuls of the sugar sweetened Metamucil everyday. If you opt for the sugar-free Metamucil, the equivalent dose would be three heaping TEAspoonfuls.
SOLUBLE fiber and prednisone have been *the* two most effective things in helping control my CD. Immodium helps when I need immediate relief from cramps, but it takes a huge dose to work for me.
Your GI will probably tell you that any of the SOLUBLE fiber supplements will help, but after experimenting with all of them, I've found nothing beats psyllium powder (Metamucil). The cellulose based supplements just don't seem to work as well, at least for me. Also, the capsule based psyllium supplements don't seem to get thoroughly hydrated with water; excuse the graphic explanation, but I can always tell when they come up to bat: big clumpy floaters. I don't have that problem with the powder based psyllium.
INsoluble fiber is the devil for most Crohnies. YMMV, but for the most part, the breakfast cereals that say "great source of fiber!" mean great source of INsoluble fiber, which means much grief.
One last soluble fiber tip: don't take medications with it. It prevents alot of meds from being absorbed correctly. Take your meds either an hour before your fiber supplement, or two hours after.
I've been on soluble fiber for the last five years. It's been a god send for me.
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Entocort 9 mg/day, Prednisone 20 mg/day, started Humira 1/22/08, started 100 mg of Azasan (Imuran) 2/20/08. Increased Azasan to 150 mg 10/15/08. Discontinued Humira 11/03/08 after extreme fatigue and moderate muscle aches. Started Cimzia 12/4/08. Down to 5 mg/day of Pred now, and will continue to taper until completely off as long as the other meds keep me off the porcelain.
I'm convinced that Prednisone is the root of all evil, and primarily responsible for global warming.