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Hi all. I need to know your opinions on Fiber supplements. My doc suggested Citrucel last year, which I took briefly, frankly I was worried about the warning label which said if not taken with enough water, it could swell in your throat. I found that if I drink a lot of water at once I got nausous and bloated. I sip water all day every day, but can't gulp a lot at a time. I have been helped some by diet, but things have slowed down a bit. Has anyone found a way to take a fiber supplement without having to gulp water? If so, what brands have you used? Which is better, pills or powder? Thanks.
 

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My doctor just told me yesterday that I am taking exactly what he recommends (he is a well-respected specialist). It is Fibercon caplets taken with a meal and drinking a glass of water with the meal-no gulping. He likes the pills because they are easier, less gas and can be taken anywhere. All fiber supplements can cause choking if you do not drink enough with them, but with this you do not have to chug!
You can take as many as 6 a day (2 at each meal).
 

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My doctor just told me yesterday that I am taking exactly what he recommends (he is a well-respected specialist). It is Fibercon caplets taken with a meal and drinking a glass of water with the meal-no gulping. He likes the pills because they are easier, less gas and can be taken anywhere. All fiber supplements can cause choking if you do not drink enough with them, but with this you do not have to chug!
You can take as many as 6 a day (2 at each meal).
 

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Hi kazzy,Like your name! I think meichmann's Benefiber is the best choice, or the acacia. I have had great results with powder original metamucil, but it's the only kind sold where I live, other than citrucel.Here's some good info from help for ibs.com~"Remember, soluble fiber works by absorbing liquids in the digestive tract to form a stabilizing gel that relieves cramping and prevents both diarrhea and constipation. ...The most common soluble fiber supplements are: Acacia Tummy Fiber, Equalactin, FiberChoice, Benefiber, Metamucil, Konsyl, Fybogel, Citrucel, and Fibercon...Acacia is gum arabic, Metamucil and Fybogel contain psyllium, Citrucel contains methylcellulose, Equalactin and Fibercon contains calcium polycarbophil, Benefiber contains guar gum, and FiberChoice contains inulin. These supplements are available as powders that you mix with water and drink, or as caplets that are either chewable or meant to be swallowed whole with a glass of water. Acacia Tummy Fiber and Benefiber are pure soluble fiber - the other brands contain fillers, binders, sweeteners, or other added ingredients. Acacia Tummy Fiber is the only organic soluble fiber supplement on the market." ../supplements/sol_fiber1.asp
 

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Hi kazzy,Like your name! I think meichmann's Benefiber is the best choice, or the acacia. I have had great results with powder original metamucil, but it's the only kind sold where I live, other than citrucel.Here's some good info from help for ibs.com~"Remember, soluble fiber works by absorbing liquids in the digestive tract to form a stabilizing gel that relieves cramping and prevents both diarrhea and constipation. ...The most common soluble fiber supplements are: Acacia Tummy Fiber, Equalactin, FiberChoice, Benefiber, Metamucil, Konsyl, Fybogel, Citrucel, and Fibercon...Acacia is gum arabic, Metamucil and Fybogel contain psyllium, Citrucel contains methylcellulose, Equalactin and Fibercon contains calcium polycarbophil, Benefiber contains guar gum, and FiberChoice contains inulin. These supplements are available as powders that you mix with water and drink, or as caplets that are either chewable or meant to be swallowed whole with a glass of water. Acacia Tummy Fiber and Benefiber are pure soluble fiber - the other brands contain fillers, binders, sweeteners, or other added ingredients. Acacia Tummy Fiber is the only organic soluble fiber supplement on the market." ../supplements/sol_fiber1.asp
 

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Thanks everyone. I think I'll start with Benefiber and see where it takes me. I like the fact that it can be sprinkled on just about anything and won't swell. I'll be sure to take plenty of water with it. I'll let you know how it works, I know it takes a couple weeks to get the full effect. Take care.
 

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Thanks everyone. I think I'll start with Benefiber and see where it takes me. I like the fact that it can be sprinkled on just about anything and won't swell. I'll be sure to take plenty of water with it. I'll let you know how it works, I know it takes a couple weeks to get the full effect. Take care.
 

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I have ibs d... mostly problems achieving total evacuation which makes for passing gass. Yuck. On advice from my doc, I got Fibercon and took two pills twice a day.. but it made me have the runs so I stopped. Does it take a while for Fibercon to start working? Or, should I try something else.
 

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I have ibs d... mostly problems achieving total evacuation which makes for passing gass. Yuck. On advice from my doc, I got Fibercon and took two pills twice a day.. but it made me have the runs so I stopped. Does it take a while for Fibercon to start working? Or, should I try something else.
 

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I use fibercon. Have taken 2 daily for over ten years. In my case at that time I was IBS D and I dont remember it making me any worse, it actually made my poops formed, but I guess it effects everyone differently. One thing I think it did was to make it so when I do go (these days I lean more towards C)I produce more stool(sorry gross), but it beats chronic D. I would stick with it but if you are having problems there are other forms of fiber available these days that might be more appropriate. I'd stay away from metamucil as it gives many people lots of gas. Hope this helps
 

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I use fibercon. Have taken 2 daily for over ten years. In my case at that time I was IBS D and I dont remember it making me any worse, it actually made my poops formed, but I guess it effects everyone differently. One thing I think it did was to make it so when I do go (these days I lean more towards C)I produce more stool(sorry gross), but it beats chronic D. I would stick with it but if you are having problems there are other forms of fiber available these days that might be more appropriate. I'd stay away from metamucil as it gives many people lots of gas. Hope this helps
 

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I take a powder called FibreWise. It is interesting in that it contains a number of ingredients that are mentioned on the Board. Souluble and insoluble fibres from a number of sources, pre and probiotics, grape seed, green tea, aloe, peppermint, slippery elm, licorice and burdock roots, garlic, ginger, even Q10. Even though I only take about 5 g of fibre a day, I have found that it helps to compact my stools and coincided with the final reduction in bms from 2 a day (down from 6-8) to 1 a day, that I have enjoyed for about a year and a half, now. I can only suspect that the synergy of all of these different ingredients plays a role in its effectiveness.
 

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I take a powder called FibreWise. It is interesting in that it contains a number of ingredients that are mentioned on the Board. Souluble and insoluble fibres from a number of sources, pre and probiotics, grape seed, green tea, aloe, peppermint, slippery elm, licorice and burdock roots, garlic, ginger, even Q10. Even though I only take about 5 g of fibre a day, I have found that it helps to compact my stools and coincided with the final reduction in bms from 2 a day (down from 6-8) to 1 a day, that I have enjoyed for about a year and a half, now. I can only suspect that the synergy of all of these different ingredients plays a role in its effectiveness.
 
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