Drug interactions between Citrucel and Metamucil
Interactions between your drugs
- Metamucil is a member of the drug class laxatives.
- Metamucil is used to treat the following conditions:
Drug and food interactions
Applies to: Metamucil (psyllium)
Psyllium may interact with other medications if given at the same time. This can cause your other medications to become less effective. In general, all oral medications should be administered at least 2 hours before or 2 hours after dosing of psyllium. Take psyllium with a full glass (at least 8 ounces) of cool water or another liquid. Taking psyllium without enough liquid may cause it to swell in the throat and cause choking.
Applies to: Citrucel (methylcellulose)
Methylcellulose may interact with other medications if given at the same time. This can cause your other medications to become less effective. In general, all oral medications should be administered at least 2 hours before or 2 hours after dosing of methylcellulose. Take methylcellulose with a full glass (at least 8 ounces) of cool water or another liquid. Taking methylcellulose without enough liquid may cause it to swell in the throat and cause choking.
Therapeutic duplication warnings
Therapeutic duplication is the use of more than one medicine from the same drug category or therapeutic class to treat the same condition. This can be intentional in cases where drugs with similar actions are used together for demonstrated therapeutic benefit. It can also be unintentional in cases where a patient has been treated by more than one doctor, or had prescriptions filled at more than one pharmacy, and can have potentially adverse consequences.
The recommended maximum number of medicines in the 'bulk laxatives' category to be taken concurrently is usually one. Your list includes two medicines belonging to the 'bulk laxatives' category:
- methylcellulose (active ingredient in Citrucel (methylcellulose))
- psyllium (active ingredient in Metamucil (psyllium))
Note: The benefits of taking this combination of medicines may outweigh any risks associated with therapeutic duplication. This information does not take the place of talking to your doctor. Always check with your healthcare provider to determine if any adjustments to your medications are needed.
Drug Interaction Classification
|Highly clinically significant. Avoid combinations; the risk of the interaction outweighs the benefit.|
|Moderately clinically significant. Usually avoid combinations; use it only under special circumstances.|
|Minimally clinically significant. Minimize risk; assess risk and consider an alternative drug, take steps to circumvent the interaction risk and/or institute a monitoring plan.|
|No information available.|
Do not stop taking any medications without consulting your healthcare provider.
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