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Hi Julee,I am IBS-C so I know what it is like to go days without. I find that Perdiem helps as far as that goes and it kicks in within 12 hours, so i take it at like 6 at night so it will kick in at 6 in the morning (before I have to go anywhere). I've gone up to three weeks without being able to, so I feel your pain about having to but not being able to. For me the full teaspoon is too much (gives me D). I have to take 1/2 tsp. and it is a litle less than I need but I don't have to worry about getting D. Then perhaps resume the citrucel.Good Luck,Kari
 

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It's not a prescription. You can buy it anywhere you can buy laxatives. If you don't have a BM within 12 hours don't be discouraged. Sometimes it takes me two doses.For the longest time I was taking metamucil and found it never really did much. Also I should mention that Senokot works well too. That too you can buy in the laxative section. I think Perdium is more reasonable, but if they don't have that and you're at your wits end, Senokot is a great alternative.Good Luck. I sympathize with you!!!Kari
 

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As long as it was on the TP and not throughout your stool it was most likely because you were C all this time and it was probably an external strain upon evacuation. I have experienced this as well. Kari
 
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