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Metamucil FAQ

We've got the answers to commonly asked questions about the benefits of fibre and how Metamucil® can fit into your daily diet.

What does 100 percent natural source fibre mean?

What is the dosage/serving size for Metamucil?

Why is the dosage/serving size different for Sugar and Sugar Free Powdered products

Is it OK to take Metamucil with food? Should I take it before or after meals?

Is it OK to use Metamucil every day?

Can Metamucil be used past the expiration date?

What is maltodextrin?

How does Metamucil work for laxation?

What does 100 percent natural source fibre mean?

Metamucil products contain psyllium husk, a natural sourced dietary fibre originating from the psyllium plant, which relieves constipation.

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What is the dosage/serving size for Metamucil?

Adults and children over 12: Take/mix one dose with/in 240 mL (8 oz) of cool liquid at the first sign of irregularity. Can be taken up to three times daily if needed. Generally produces results in 12 to 72 hours.

Children: 6 to12 years: Take 1/2 adult dose powder or wafers in/with 240 mL (8 oz) of cool liquid.

Children under 6 years: Consult a doctor.

Adults Product Serving Size:
Smooth Texture Sugar Free Orange and Berry Burst Flavour1 Teaspoon
Smooth Texture Orange Flavour1 Tablespoon
Smooth Texture Sugar Free Unflavored1 Teaspoon
Original Texture Unflavoured1 Teaspoon
Base Capsules2 to 6 Capsules
Capsules Plus Calcium2 to 5 Capsules
Apple Wafers2 Wafers
Cinnamon Wafers2 Wafers

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Why is the dosage/serving size different for Sugar and Sugar Free Powder?

All Metamucil Powder products contain the same amount of psyllium husk per dose 3.4 grams. However, dosing size amounts differ by version because the sweeteners and flavourings used in each Metamucil product vary in volume.

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Is it OK to take Metamucil with food? Should I take it before or after meals?

Any time of day is appropriate to take Metamucil as long as an adequate intake of fluids (at least 240 mL or 8 oz of cool water or liquid per dose) is consumed. We recommend taking Metamucil three times per day at mealtimes as a convenient way to remember to take Metamucil. Our powder products must be mixed with cool liquids, not taken in its dry form. Capsules should be taken one at a time; we do not recommend dissolving them in water. Please take Metamucil with at least 240 mL (8 oz) of cool liquid, as indicated. For Metamucil Capsules Plus Calcium, we recommend taking them four times per day with at least 240 mL (8 oz) of cool liquid, as indicated.

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Is it OK to use Metamucil every day?

As a dietary fibre supplement:

Metamucil can be taken every day as a dietary fibre supplement.

As a fibre laxative:

Metamucil is indicated for gentle relief of irregularity. Constipation persisting beyond seven days may be a sign of a more serious condition. We recommend you discuss with your doctor the use of Metamucil as a fibre laxative on a long-term basis.

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Can Metamucil be used past the expiration date?

If your Metamucil has expired, please don't use it. The expiration date is on Metamucil because we have research to show that the ingredients are stable until the expiration date, if stored according to label instructions. Please discard any expired product in your trash can. Do not pour Metamucil down your drain.

Depending on the version you purchased, Metamucil has a two to three year shelf life. The expiration date is stamped on the bottom or side of each canister or bottle or on the back of each packet. If you purchased a box of wafers, the expiration date is stamped in ink on the side of each foil packet. The expiration dates are expressed by month and year, which means that the product can be used through the month noted.

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What is maltodextrin?

The maltodextrin in Metamucil is a carbohydrate derived from cornstarch. It is used to improve texture and aid in mixing. Maltodextrin contains approximately 25 percent digestible sugars, as compared to sucrose, or table sugar, which consists of 100 percent sugars. Maltodextrin, like other carbohydrates, provides 4 kcal/g. On a per-dose basis of Metamucil, this amounts to about 6 to 8 calories coming from the maltodextrin.

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How does Metamucil work for laxation?

Metamucil contains a bulk-forming fibre without any chemical stimulants. The active ingredient, psyllium, is a harvested grain that absorbs and holds moisture. This causes the psyllium to swell, supplying the necessary bulk to help form an easily eliminated stool. Metamucil will not cause immediate evacuation but generally produces an effect in 12 to 72 hours.



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