Metamucil and interactions with other drugs

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triunbad
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   Posted 9/5/2009 8:54 AM (GMT -6)   
I recently started taking metamucil, one tablespoon, three times a day. I am still taking prednisone (50mg) and asacol. How does the metamucil affect the other drugs? Currently I take the metamucil a couple of minutes before I take the prednisone.
 
Asacol 12 per day
Prednisone, 50mg since Aug 25/09
Remicade since Jan 07
Metamucil
 
 


Rio in Maryland
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   Posted 9/5/2009 9:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Ideally you should avoid taking any medicines or supplements within 2 hours of taking a fiber supplement, as it can affect how well the drugs get digested/absorbed.
Rio, 33 year old male. Diagnosed with UC in 2006
Azathioprine (stopped), 4800 mg Asacol
VSL#3, Metamucil
Vitamin E enema or Canasa/Mesacol suppository occasionally


songlady
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   Posted 9/5/2009 9:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Ooooh, goodness, really? All my talk about taking Metamucil for 23 years and I always take it just before lunch, and some Asacol with lunch.....maybe I'll try to rethink my schedule ....
Diagnosed UP 1983, Azulphidine
Diagnosed UC 1986 Prednisone almost 2 years
Asacol - 16 pills a day
Metamucil - 2 doses a day
Cortenemas or Rowasa from time to time
VSL#3, Ultimate Flora Critical Care
Flax Seed Oil
Bee propolis as of 9/2
Canasa as needed


Rio in Maryland
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   Posted 9/5/2009 10:21 AM (GMT -6)   
I take metamucil just when I am about to eat, as that seems to work best for me...and then I take Asacol and probiotics in between meals.
Rio, 33 year old male. Diagnosed with UC in 2006
Azathioprine (stopped), 4800 mg Asacol
VSL#3, Metamucil
Vitamin E enema or Canasa/Mesacol suppository occasionally


songlady
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   Posted 9/5/2009 3:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Actually, I've done a little research - if you google it, there are some articles on metamucil and drug interactions. From what I understood, insulin might need to be adjusted if you take metamucil (no matter what time of day you take it) and there were a few other specific kinds of medications that interacted with it, but basically, if a medication says it can be taken with food, you can take it with metamucil.
Diagnosed UP 1983, Azulphidine
Diagnosed UC 1986 Prednisone almost 2 years
Asacol - 16 pills a day
Metamucil - 2 doses a day
Cortenemas or Rowasa from time to time
VSL#3, Ultimate Flora Critical Care
Flax Seed Oil
Bee propolis as of 9/2
Canasa as needed


Rio in Maryland
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Date Joined Nov 2007
Total Posts : 891
   Posted 9/5/2009 6:34 PM (GMT -6)   
As mentioned on the Metamucil website FAQ's:

"Are there any drug interactions or restrictions with Metamucil?

Laxatives, including bulk fibers, may affect how well other medications work. If you are taking a prescription medication by mouth, take Metamucil at least two hours before or two hours after the prescribed medicine."

Link to it: http://www.metamucil.com/drmetamucil/faqs/index.shtml
Rio, 33 year old male. Diagnosed with UC in 2006
Azathioprine (stopped), 4800 mg Asacol
VSL#3, Metamucil
Vitamin E enema or Canasa/Mesacol suppository occasionally

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