methylcellulose (OTC)

Brand and Other Names:Citrucel
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Dosing & Uses

AdultPediatric

Dosage Forms & Strengths

caplet

  • 500mg

powder

  • 2g/scoop
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Constipation

2 caplets up to 6 times/day; not to exceed 12 caplets/day; follow each dose with 8 oz of water

Alternatively, 1 heaping tablespoon (2 g) in 8 oz water qDay to q8hr

Dosage Forms & Strengths

caplet

  • 500mg

powder

  • 2g/scoop
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Constipation (6-11 Years Old)

<6 years

  • Safety & efficacy not established

6-12 years old

  • 1 caplet up to 6 times/day; not to exceed 6 caplets/day
  • 1 g (½ tablespoon) in 8 oz of cold water; may increase to 1 tablespoon q8hr

>12 years

  • 2 caplets up to 6 times/day; not to exceed 12 caplets/day; follow each dose with 8 oz of water
  • Alternatively, 1 heaping tablespoon (2 g) in 8 oz water qDay to q8hr
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            Adverse Effects

            Frequency Not Defined

            Flatulence

            Impaction

            Excessive bowel activity

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            Warnings

            Contraindications

            Hypersensitivity, bowel obstruction, symptoms of appendicitis or acute surgical abdomen, GI ulceration/adhesions, fecal impaction, dysphagia, rectal bleeding

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            Pregnancy & Lactation

            Pregnancy Category: NA (supplement; not a drug)

            Lactation: No data available; not absorbed, unlikely to pose risk in breastfeeding

            Pregnancy Categories

            A:Generally acceptable. Controlled studies in pregnant women show no evidence of fetal risk.

            B:May be acceptable. Either animal studies show no risk but human studies not available or animal studies showed minor risks and human studies done and showed no risk.

            C:Use with caution if benefits outweigh risks. Animal studies show risk and human studies not available or neither animal nor human studies done.

            D:Use in LIFE-THREATENING emergencies when no safer drug available. Positive evidence of human fetal risk.

            X:Do not use in pregnancy. Risks involved outweigh potential benefits. Safer alternatives exist.

            NA:Information not available.

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            Pharmacology

            Mechanism of Action

            Bulk producing laxative

            Pharmacokinetics

            Metabolism: Not absorbed from GI tract

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