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methylcellulose (cont.)

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking methylcellulose (Citrucel, Citrucel Clear Mix, Citrucel Food Pack, Citrucel Lax, Citrucel SF)?

Do not take methylcellulose without first talking to your doctor if you have

  • stomach (abdominal) pain, nausea, or vomiting;
  • difficulty swallowing; or
  • intestinal obstruction or fecal impaction.

You may not be able to take methylcellulose or you may require special monitoring while taking methylcellulose if you have any of the conditions listed above.

Each level scoop of sugar-free methylcellulose powder contains 52 mg of phenylalanine. Individuals with phenylketonuria may need to monitor their intake of this additive.

Talk to your doctor before taking methylcellulose if you are pregnant or breast-feeding a baby.

How should I take methylcellulose (Citrucel, Citrucel Clear Mix, Citrucel Food Pack, Citrucel Lax, Citrucel SF)?

Take methylcellulose exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.

Take methylcellulose capsules with a full glass (at least 8 ounces) of water or another liquid.

Mix methylcellulose powder with at least 8 ounces of water or another noncarbonated beverage. Mix briskly and drink promptly.

Taking methylcellulose without enough liquid may cause it to swell in the throat and cause choking.

If methylcellulose has produced no effect within one week or if rectal bleeding occurs, stop taking methylcellulose and contact your doctor. Do not take more methylcellulose than is recommended or for longer than one week except under the direction of your doctor.

If you experience chest pain, vomiting, difficulty swallowing, or difficulty breathing after taking methylcellulose, seek immediate medical attention.

Store methylcellulose at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

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