Methylcellulose is used to treat constipation and to help maintain regular bowel movements. Oral ingestion of methylcellulose will increase the mass of the stool, which will cause the GI tract (specifically large intestines) to become more distended and activate enteric reflexes. Thereby leading to increased GI motility and defecation.
The active constituent of this medication is a chemical compound taken from vegetable cellulose through heating with a caustic solution and treatment with methyl chloride. The end product is a white odourless powdery substance that swells up in the presence of liquid.
This has a wide range of applications and is used in many industries. In cooking, it is often used as a thickener and emulsifier. Sauces, dressings and ice creams are often produced with the help of this. This medication is a bulk-forming laxative that increases the amount of water in your stools to help make them softer and easier to pass.
It is usually taken 1 to 3 times per day. Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than the recommended dose.
Overuse of a laxative may cause damage to the nerves, muscles, or tissues in your intestines. Follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity. Other drugs may interact with methylcellulose, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
A patient can suffer from the following side effects:
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Is It safe with alcohol?No interaction found
Are there any pregnancy warnings?This medication may be unsafe to use during pregnancy.
Are there any breast-feeding warnings?Unknown. Human and animal studies are not available. Please consult your doctor.
Is it safe to drive while on this medicine?Patients should not drive if they have blurred vision.
Does this affect kidney function?There is no data available. Please consult a doctor before consuming the drug.
Does this affect liver function?There is no data available. Please consult a doctor before consuming the drug.
Are there any overdose instructions?Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
Are there any missed dose instructions?If you miss a dose of this medication, please consult your doctor.
This medication behaves as a stabilizer and thickener. It acts as a laxative by absorbing water in the gastrointestinal tract to increase the stool bulk, which stimulates peristalsis and relieves constipation. Increased bulk and consistency of stool also helps to prevent diarrhoea.
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