What is Citrucel?

Category: Supplements

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See also: Citrucel Clear Mix

Citrucel is a brand name for Methylcellulose (or methyl cellulose), a chemical compound derived from cellulose used in the treatment of constipation.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Bowel problems 10 3
Constipation 5 0
Diarrhea 3 0
General health 3 0
Irritable bowel syndrome 2 1
Bowel irregularity 1 1

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 0
Mild 3
None 3

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Citrucel

Side effect Patients
Choking on pills 1
Flatulence 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Citrucel

Dosage Patients
1 tbs. daily 1
2 g/19 g daily 1
500 mg daily 1
1,000 mg daily 1
2g/19g as needed 1
daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Citrucel

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 4
Other 2
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Duration

Currently taking Citrucel

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
6 months - 1 year 1
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 2

Stopped taking Citrucel

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 2
1 - 2 years 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 3
Usually 1
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 1
Not at all hard to take 4
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 4
Not specified 2
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3 patient evaluations for Citrucel

May 14, 2010 (Started Apr 27, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bowel problems)
  • Side effects
    Mild (flatulence)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: My bowel issues got better, and I found Citrucel unnecessary
Side effects: flatulence

Dec 29, 2009 (Started Apr 27, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bowel problems)
  • Side effects
    Mild (flatulence)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 3000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Citrucel thickens my stools. They were so loose, frequent, and messy. Now with oatmeal every morning and Citrucel every evening, they are firm and regular again.
Side effects: flatulence

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 23, 2010 (Started Feb 15, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for bowel irregularity)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2 g/19 g Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 29, 2009 (Started Jun 30, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for bowel irritability)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: make sure you drink a lot of fluids if you are taking the pill vs the powder because it won't help if you don't follow those directions
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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