Fiber-how much to take?

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basa0806
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   Posted 12/23/2008 11:33 PM (GMT -6)   
In October I started taking effexor for GAD and two days after I starting have D. It usually happens once in the morning and I'm fine for the day. No immodium need or anything. I waited it out thinking it was just a side effect but it ended up continuing through November and December. I saw my primary yesterday and he said he wasn't all too concerned with it because it isn't anything like UC d-no cramping, little urgency, no blood. I am doing REALLY well on effexor and I really don't want to stop so I'm trying to figure out ideas for bulking it up and my dr mentioned fiber. Now fiber and I have a very shaky past. I took it while I was flaring and it ended up making my symptoms so much worse that I stopped it. I want to start fiber capsules again to see if it will help with my D and given my history with fiber I was wondering what your suggestions are for how much to take and how often. I figure now is the time to try it since I'm home and break and have the time to spend on the pot tongue
Sam
20 year old college student diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at 16
Remission since January/April 2006
400mg Asacol 2x, 10mg Elavil, 75mg Effexor XR for GAD

"If you don't like something change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude"
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pb4
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   Posted 12/23/2008 11:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I use fibre supplements one cap/day of Prodiem which is similar to metamucil...it took 3 months for my system to adjust to it (gave me excessive gas and bloating which is normal, even happens to healthy people) after the three months no more bloating and just a bit of gas usually around bedtime, definitely nothing to complain about compared to what it was like before taking fibre supplements and after the 3 months I've since been able to tolerate eating fibreous foods with no gas/bloating. It's impotant to drink plenty of water with it which IBDers should do anyways to keep from getting dehydrated.

My GI told me to take fibre supplements daily and indefinitely and I've been doing so for the last 5 yrs now, it's the best advice I'd ever gotten from a GI.

:)
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quincy
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   Posted 12/24/2008 2:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sam.....it could be the effexor causing the D...I do remember having a much looser stool for a while after using it.

You could consider the Metamucil orange Smooth (not the sugar-free) and take it right after supper to start.

You do have to consider time of fibre and time of meds..etc. See which meal would be best.

q
*Heather* Status..Asacol 6 (3 twice daily); enemas every 5th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~Probiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls, Natural Factors Ultimate)....1 each  @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
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basa0806
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   Posted 12/25/2008 4:22 PM (GMT -6)   
We know for sure that it is the effexor. I stopped elavil because we thought the two were interacting but that wasn't it. Did you have D for a long period of time? I really don't want to stop it. I guess the D is more of a nuisance than a problem
Sam
20 year old college student diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at 16
Remission since January/April 2006
400mg Asacol 2x, 10mg Elavil, 75mg Effexor XR for GAD

"If you don't like something change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude"
Maya Angelou

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