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Metamucil and Bloating

Metamucil and Bloating

  Metamucil side-effects Metamucil is a "fiber laxative that is used to treat occasional constipation or bowel irregularity." It mainly uses psyllium fiber as its core ingredient. Metamucil takes about 12 to 72 hours to work. Unfortunately, bloating is one of metamucil's biggest side effects. This is not surprising considering that metamucil forms a psyllium gel that moves through the digestive system, trapping the waste as it moves down. As the laxative does not work immediately, the substances that are trapped can release gases and cause bloating. Usually it takes several days for the stomach to adjust to the drug and to stop the bloating. Patient Reviews Metamucil...

Jun 02, 2020 0 comments

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Activated Charcoal and IBS

Activated Charcoal and IBS

Overview Some symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) include cramping, abdominal pain, diarrhea, bloating and constipation. The use of activated charcoal to treat gas and toxins in the gut is not a new idea. Among its benefits is the ability to "adsorb bacterial toxins and bile acids that may be contributing to symptoms in IBS." While currently activated charcoal is authorized for use as an emergency treatment for poisoning and overdosing, its toxin-clearing properties are believed to also be beneficial for a number of health concerns, from skin infection to intestinal gas and diarrhea. A panel of the European Food...

Jun 02, 2020 0 comments

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Linzess for IBS

Linzess Overview Linzess is a 14-amino acid peptide that functions as a guanylate cyclase-C (GC-C) agonist that "acts on the luminal surface of the intestinal epithelium." Upon activation of GC-C, an "increase in both intracellular and extracellular concentrations of cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP)" is observed, which leads to the secretion of chloride and bicarbonate into the intestinal lumen. This results in "increased intestinal fluid and accelerated transit." The recommended dose of Linzess is 290 mcg every day daily for IBS patients. The drug should be taken on an empty stomach, 30-60 minutes prior to the first meal of the day....

Jun 01, 2020 0 comments

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Clostridium Difficile Related IBS

Can infection with Clostridium difficile (C. diff) cause irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)? Based on three medical studies conducted between 2008 and 2016, IBS can be caused by a C. diff infection in between 10% and 33% of patients. New-onset IBS common after C. difficile infection This article by Wadhwa A, et al. was published in the journal Aliment Pharmacology and Therapeutics in August 2016. Its conclusion is that "patients with Clostridium difficile infection have a high risk for developing post-infectious irritable bowel syndrome, particularly those with longer duration of C. difficile infection, anxiety and higher BMI." The conclusion is based...

May 31, 2020 0 comments

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COVID19 Guidelines for IBD (Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis)

Here is a summary of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) COVID-19 guidelines issued by organizations such as the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) and the International Organisation for the Study of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IOIBD). AGA Guidelines Patients with IBD but not Infected by the Coronavirus The AGA notes that available data suggests that people with IBD do not have a higher probability of getting SARS-CoV-2 compared to the general populations. It recommends that people with IBD continue on their current regimens to avoid a relapse. The guidelines issued by the AGA also recommends that this group should adopt the recommendations provided to the...

May 29, 2020 0 comments

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